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Music – Our intent, aims and concepts


Music is an art form deeply rooted throughout history, and forms an important part of our cultural capital as a society. It is a discrete body of knowledge, a unique form of communication and a means by which feelings and interests are organised and expressed. It enables children to share experiences and develop well-being.  A high-quality music education engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

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Through the teaching and learning of the subject in trust schools, music will support the development of imagination, sensitivity and enjoyment in our pupils, by: 

• Enabling children to enjoy and understand music and to appreciate it critically, and enhance the quality of the child’s life through aesthetic musical experiences

•  Developing children’s openness to, awareness of and response to a wide range of musical genres

• Developing the child’s capacity to express ideas, feelings and experiences through music as an individual and in collaboration with others

•  Nurturing the child’s self-esteem and self-confidence through participation in musical performance

Music at Totnes St John's

Music is an essential part of life at St John's.  Our school choir counts all pupils as its members and performs regularly throughout the year. Music is taught within the curriculum of every class, and children explore a range of musical knowledge and skills as appropriate for their age.  

Our pupils also benefit from the offer of peripatetic lessons. Instruments currently available include piano, drums, woodwind and brass.

If you would like to learn more about what is available at St John's, please contact the main office.

MUSIC – Examples of Music Learning Experiences at Totnes St. John's

MUSIC– Examples of Music Learning 

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