Music

We are passionate about the benefits of a creative musical education. In our schools, communal singing and music making builds community, gives a sense of shared achievement and supports positive mental health. All children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, which has the unique impact of building creativity and self-esteem while developing concentration and perseverance and teaching the value of practice.

The heart of our music Curriculum is the award-winning Music Express scheme of work which reflects outstanding music education practice and offers exciting and diverse music lessons which can be linked with the wider curriculum where appropriate. All children get the chance to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across historical periods, styles and traditions, including music from a wide range of countries and cultures.

Our children experience huge benefits from working together as a school community to develop and perform concerts and performances which allow them to be part of a collective creative enterprise and to showcase their musical achievements. Even in lockdown, we have managed to showcase children’s musical achievements through assemblies and performances, both recorded and live on zoom or teams.

Children have benefited greatly from participation in collaborative and citywide music initiatives, such as working with Manchester Camerata to create and perform original compositions at the RNCM, visiting Manchester University to learn about modern and traditional music of the Arab world, and experiencing classical and modern music at the Bridgewater Hall.