Welcome to the Music Department
Music is so much a part of the background of everyday life that it tends to get taken for granted. Yet, for many people it is a powerful focus for creative energy, and one which both stimulates and guides the imagination. Music at Waverley School aims to develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all pupils.
The development of musical perception and skills is dependent upon the quality, range and appropriateness of these musical experiences, as they are provided within and outside school. There are many different styles of music appropriate for different purposes and offering different kinds of satisfaction and challenge; excellence may be found in any style of musical expression.
The study of music as a foundation subject provides for the progressive development of:
- Skills in movement, vocal skills, and in aural imagery, acquired through exploring and organising sounds.
- Awareness and appreciation of organised sound patterns.
- Sensitive, analytical and critical responses to music.
- The capacity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music.
- Awareness and understanding of traditions, idioms and musical styles from a variety of different cultures, times and places.
- The experience of fulfilment which derives from striving for the highest possible artistic and technical standards.
The aim of the Music Department at Waverley School is to make music:-
Enjoyable - To develop a sensitive response to sound in general and a life long enjoyment of music of all kinds, both as a listener and a participant, to think about musical ideas, to use music as a creative stimulus.
Creative - To develop pupils’ self-expression, the capacity to understand, express ideas and feelings through the medium of sound.
Social/Moral - Because singing together creates bonds, to develop the ability to work constructively as a member of a group using skills of leadership, discussion, negotiation and the blending of different peoples’ ideas.
Cultural - To develop awareness of musical heritage, traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and societies.
Cross-Curricular - To help language development and literacy, to develop a feel for patterns and numeracy, to provide a vehicle for learning certain subjects or to enhance other subjects e.g. language, history, art, drama etc because music contributes to acts of worship.
Aesthetic - Because music helps pupils to understand the way their feelings work and to develop an insight into areas of experience, some of which cannot be verbalised easily.