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Be inspired. 

Be creative. 

Be dynamic. 

Our Music Curriculum Vision Statement

Be inspired. Be creative. Be dynamic. 


Our intent is to deliver the content outlined in the music programmes of study within the national curriculum augmented with powerful knowledge carefully selected to build upon our pupils’ starting points of cultural capital.  

To this end, we use the Charanga curriculum. This is a knowledge-engaged progress model which clearly outlines the key knowledge and vocabulary for each stage of learning in sequence. 


All areas of our curriculum are implemented using ten principles of effective instruction outlined in our Teaching Touchstones, which work in symbiosis with the Gradual Release Towards Independence model for teaching.  



Key Knowledge:


Becoming a musician:



The impact of our curriculum is directly aligned to our whole school vision and culture statements, as well as the music vision statement and the aims and purposes set out in the national curriculum.  

We say to our pupils: 

Be inspired 

This means we want our pupils to: 

Be brave: 

  • To be curious and ask questions regarding musical style, genre and significance.  

  • To be open-minded to listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions.

Be great: 

  • To learn from the great artists within the canon, appreciating and understanding the history of music. 

  • To understand the inter-related dimensions including pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure. 

  • To appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music. 

Be you: 

  • To have the opportunity to experience a diverse range of musical styles drawn from different traditions around the world and through time.

  • To listen and appraise music in a thoughtful, reflective manner.  

  • To share personal opinions and preferences articulately and with confidence. 

Be creative 

This means we want our pupils to: 

Be brave: 

  • To have the chance to explore and work with a range of rhythmic and melodic instruments, including tuned and untuned percussion. 

  • To develop confidence in experimentation and improvisation, particularly within musical styles in which this is a key element. 

Be great: 

  • To develop skills across the musical curriculum and experience a sense of achievement for this. 

  • To know and use the key features of musical genres when being part of a piece or when composing music.

  • To learn and use a range of musical notation including staff notation.  

Be you:    

  • To compose and express oneself musically, both individually and as part of an ensemble.

  • To develop a clear and useful understanding of music technologies and how technology influences music.

Be dynamic

This means we want our pupils to: 

Be brave: 

  • To learn to sing and use their voices in different ways to express themselves. 

  • To be confident performers using both vocal and instrumental expression. 

Be great: 

  • To have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.  

  • To use voices and musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. 

  • To understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the use of technologies. 

Be you: 

  • To perform both individually, as part of an ensemble, class group or chorally.

  • To collaborate with others in musical projects and be proud of their own work. 

  • To develop a true love of music that will stay with them life-long. 

Charanga Music Curriculum Sequences

At St. George's, we follow the CUSP music curriculum.

CUSP say this about their curriculum:





We encourage our children to be dynamic performers and express this through events such as Diversity Evening, Christmas Musicals, Choir Performances and Class Worships. 

Peripatetic Lessons