Mrs Meek

is the person in charge of Music at Grange Primary Academy.

Music makes an important contribution to the life of every school and should be celebrated, promoted and encouraged. A high-quality music education can improve self-confidence, behaviour and social skills as well as improve academic achievement across the curriculum. And while music touches the lives of all young people, the disadvantaged can benefit most. This is why we ensure all children have access to learning and making music as part of their broad and balanced curriculum at Grange.

Why is learning Music so important?

  • It helps build pupils’ self-esteem and self-discipline and leads to higher standards across the curriculum.
  • It can have a positive impact on everything from academic attainment to student attendance.
  • Research undertaken by the University of London has clearly demonstrated the cognitive benefits that music gives young children particularly in Key Stage 1, suggesting music can support the development of literacy, numeracy and listening skills.
  • It promotes the importance of working effectively with others towards a common goal; everyone has a role, helping to build co-operation and mutual support.
  • Playing an instrument or learning to sing requires real concentration! Quietness and calm whether on stage or in the classroom is also essential. Working alongside other members of an instrumental or singing group helps children to recognise their own skills and appreciate those of others, building important life skills such as empathy, problem solving and communication, and a sense of responsibility and commitment.
  • Music enables young people to express themselves, it empowers them to shape their world through sound and allows them to exercise their imaginations. Encouraging creativity also teaches them to think outside the box when problem solving. To succeed in the future, children will need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative, and arts education will help.
  • Music making is not only good for the brain but also the heart! Children enjoy the pleasure of mastering a tune or a song. The stimulation of a first performance in front of an audience is an adrenalin rush that is never forgotten.
  • Music is inclusive irrespective of abilities. It can be of particular benefit to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities but also those who are marginalised, vulnerable and often hard to reach. Music gives children a unique motivation to participate and communicate and advances in technology mean more children than ever can take part in and reap the many benefits of a music education.

We are supported in our music curriculum by the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT)

We use the Kapow resources as the basis for our curriculum which means we are able to teach the National Curriculum for music for all year groups.

As a result of our commitment to teaching music we have successfully been awarded the Music Mark accreditation.

We are proud to have taken part in United Learning music projects. 

Being part of the Wassail project means that we were also part of a Classic FM Music Education Award! 

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