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Music is studied every half term with all elements of music being studied and applied to composition and performance. The units of work taught are in addition to learning songs in class and assembly and our comprehensive provision of music lessons for those families who are interested. The school also has choirs and regularly performs at events across Leeds and further afield. Our Choir of African Song performed at the South African High Commission in London (July 2014)

We have separated our study into three strands covering Listening and Appraising, Musical Dimensions and Performing and Composing. These are all studied each year with the children being challenged at an ever increasing level as they are introduced to age appropriately higher level musical units. Click to see our Music Framework of Teaching Units.

Listening and Appraising

Throughout the units of work each year, children are  taught to develop their ability to listen and appraise by careful consideration of the musical elements being presented and by developing their ability to assess the relative qualities of the music studied.

This strand is assessed after each unit to ensure that both children's appreciation of and ability to analyse the music listened to are developing appropriately.

Musical Dimensions

Children are taught to develop their understanding of music by studying the elements that are essential to developing compositions. These building blocks such as Pulse, Rhythm and Pitch are taught separately, practised and applied during each developmental unit of work.

Children also are helped to appreciate that whilst essential constituent parts of music are important in themselves, it is how they are combined that is crucial in a well conceived piece of work.

Composing and Performing

The final strand of our teaching incorporates the other two in order to develop finished pieces of work and to perform them for an audience. As part of this process, children plan how they hope their music will affect their audience. Children gradually build their confidence as composers and performers and are  encouraged to take an active part in the many musical opportunities available at Gledhow and out of school.

All children are welcome to perform in our annual 'Summer Evening of the Arts'.

Music Teaching Framework - Units of Work

Listening and Appraising; Musical Dimensions and Performing and Composing

Year 1

Explore: Sounds; Duration; Pulse and Rhythm; Pitch; 'Instruments and Symbols' and 'Timbre, Tempo and Dynamics'

Year 2

Explore:Duration; Pulse and Rhythm; Sounds and Song Writing; Pitch; 'Instruments and Symbols' and 'Timbre, Tempo and Dynamics'

Year 3

Explore: Descriptive Sounds; Rhythm Patterns; Arrangements; Pentatonic Scales; Sound Colours and Singing Games

Year 4

Through Playing thr Ukelele explore: Rhythm Patterns; Arrangements;Melodies and Scales; Sound Colours; Signals and Sounds

Year 5

Explore: Rhythm and Pulse; Rounds; Sound Sources; Lyrics and Melody; Ryhthm and Pulse, Musical Processes and Perform Togetherc

Year 6

Explore:Rounds; Sound Sources;Lyrics and Melody; Rhythm and Pulse, Musical Processes and Pefform Together in the Y5/6 Summer Concert

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