Curriculum Intent

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”. Plato

Music is a fundamental necessity in the modern world. Whether it is listened to for pleasure, instilling calm in a hectic life, enhancing by underscoring your favourite piece of Drama or being sung to a newborn baby to aid their sleep, it is everywhere and key to so many aspects of a healthy life and mind. Music is also a fundamental necessity in education. Every child deserves the right to have the musical world unlocked, instilling a greater thinking and well-being level. At The Suthers School, we want our students to love experiencing and talking passionately about Music for the rest of their lives. Therefore, we have thought critically and worked tirelessly to develop a Music Curriculum that offers a breadth of knowledge and skills designed to develop confident, well-rounded, knowledgeable musicians who have the passion and ambition to put their hearts into creating and understanding Music. The study of Music represents an opportunity to develop proficiency in what is widely regarded as a universal language. More than that, we believe that it is a powerful form of creativity and communication that every student deserves to experience and develop expertise in; it is a cultural, historical and social reference point that speaks of and gives voice to some of the most vital aspects of human experience.

The music curriculum has been carefully designed and sequenced to reflect the demands of the National Curriculum and exceed it producing an ambitious, practical subject with vast amounts of musical knowledge. We offer students a rich tapestry of knowledge, skills, and experience studying Music from different genres, time periods and cultures, and music technology. Lessons offer an all-encompassing, coherent musical approach where students connect immediately with their learning in a lesson where students are intellectually challenged with the skills and disciplinary knowledge needed to excel musically; furthermore, the needs and interests of individuals are catered for. Music is both a practical and an academic subject. Musical learning is about thinking and acting musically. Our research-informed approach means that music lessons are about learning in and through Music, not solely about Music, as set out in Swanwick and Musical Futures. Students develop and understand essential life skills such as resilience, confidence, self-discipline, and self-awareness through this approach. These skills are developed to help create well-rounded students, which is then taken well beyond the music classroom into other subjects and prepares them for future life.

We offer a broad range of experiences in our extracurricular, which aim to open doors and give exposure to activities that students will not have had the chance to experience before. This includes whole school productions, whole school concerts, annual summer showcases, private music tuition, ensemble groups and choirs, and trips to see world-class performances all over the world. These experiences aim to give students the aspirations to succeed and thrive in creating a future full of possibilities.

The Music curriculum at The Suthers School empowers our students by:

Providing them with the essential skills, knowledge and understanding of Music to become Musicians.

Providing them with the picture of where Music is placed in time, in different cultures.

Providing enrichment opportunities outside the classroom, visiting theatres, concerts and museums.

Providing opportunities for critical engagement of Music, gaining intellectual curiosity, academic fluency and scholarly traits.

Creating a music culture in school with opportunities such as productions and concerts.

Providing them with the opportunities to develop and harness essential life skills through Music.

Providing opportunities in every lesson to explore and display creativeness.

To access the curriculum plans for each year group, please use the links at the side of this page.

If a year group link is not available you can contact our Music Team at contact@suthersschool.co.uk where they will get back to you with further information.

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