Our Approach to Teaching Music at DL
Music is incredibly vital at David Livingstone Academy and is a huge feature of our school, it takes centre stage.
At DLA, music increases listening and concentration skills, and enhances our learners’ ability to discriminate between sounds. This improves phonetic awareness and helps to develop language and literacy skills. It also has a positive impact on spatial reasoning, which is linked to mathematical thinking, and physical co-ordination, which supports handwriting skills.
Music helps to develop our children’s short and long term memory, the ability to perform from visual signs and symbols, and the ability to listen with concentration. Playing an instrument extends these skills and develops co-ordination and control.
Our children are given many opportunities to perform, which gives them greater confidence to express themselves. They have quality opportunities to sing, play instruments, compose, appraise and listen to music. We are lucky at DL to have a creative staff and weekly music lessons for all, given by a specialist music teacher. We encourage music-making in small groups, which promotes teamwork and the development of leadership skills, as well as being hugely enjoyable. All children have regular opportunities to engage in exciting musical and creative activities. Our choirs and wind band often perform in renowned venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Fairfield Halls.
We fully endorse and support instrumental and vocal programmes. For example, in Year 4 our children learn to play a brass and wind instrument through the Wider Opportunities initiative Soundstart. This initiative is incredibly successful because our talented class teacher works alongside music specialists. Last year, our wind band performed at the Music for Youth Festival at the South Bank, London. An amazing experience!
In Year 5 and 6 our pupils learn to play the Steel Pan. Additionally, our Soundstart pupils in Year 5 and 6 are encouraged to further learn their instrument in group or individual tuition sessions. In Year 2, our pupils learn to play the ocarina and in Year 3 and 4, the recorder.
Singing is at the heart of DL. All year groups sing throughout the curriculum, weekly during singing practices and in our assemblies. The benefits of singing are numerous and far-reaching. It is healthy, promotes good breathing and posture, can make us feel better about ourselves, enhances our self-esteem and sense of well-being, it allows us to work collaboratively within groups in a non-competitive, highly supportive environment.
We have a flourishing KS1 and KS2 choir, both who perform informally at school and more formally in venues such as the Fairfield Halls. At DL, we achieve musical heights collectively in a choir and during whole-school singing that – mostly – we cannot reach on our own. Singing is the best possible gateway for a life of engagement with music and for learning to play a musical instrument. Singing acts as an emotional release, it gives our shy and more confident children a means of expression, and is also, let’s not forget, very good fun. It stimulates our brains and turbo-charges our memories. It is something we can all do.
It’s quite simple: Music is Magic at DL!
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