Music is a large part of daily life at Longwood. Our pupils sing as a whole school or within their key stage. We believe that music has value as an academic subject which lies in its contribution to enjoyment and enrichment for all.
Our pupils are given many opportunities to sing and explore instruments across the school with an organised progression of skills which are revisited frequently. Throughout Key Stage 2, our pupils are expected to start composing more structured pieces of music - often in groups. This encourages improved social and listening skills in addition to the many musical skills that are taught.
The focus of our lessons is on the seven common musical elements: tempo, dynamics, pitch, structure, texture, timbre and duration.
Many of our pupils are encouraged to participate in professional lessons to gain recognised qualifications. They also have the opportunity to perform at our termly concerts to celebrate their achievements.
Performing is important at Longwood as we believe that pupils who learn music at any level learn self discipline, expression through sound, fine motor skills, problem solving skills, cooperation and collaborate with others and ignite their creative and critical minds.