Music is an important part of children's experience at Burhill. We encourage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their skill as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Children experience a wide range of musical experiences and will learn to enjoy, listen, appreciate, play and compose music. We have a music room, which includes a variety of tuned and untuned instruments.
In key stage 2, children have the opportunity to learn to play the violin, ukulele and steel drums. As well as having the opportunity to play instruments in music lessons, many children also learn an instrument, including the piano and guitar, with specialist teachers.
Our choir meet weekly to rehearse and regularly perform at events, including at Dorking Hall, at church services and at our music celebration evenings. Our expanding Jammin’ Together bands meet weekly to rehearse and provide an opportunity for children to experience a range of different instruments and work as a team, performing music from a wide variety of genres
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
In recognition of the part that music plays in children's overall arts education, we hold a special award from the Arts Council's recognising that the school have held Artsmark Gold for several years running.