Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way we feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps students understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops students’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.
At Harper Green we encourage active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal, thereby developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic awareness, sensitivity and fulfilment. We firmly believe that music plays a vital role in a child’s development and seek to offer a range of opportunities for children to participate in playing instruments as well as experiencing music in other forms.
Our students experience wide-ranging musical genres throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. They have the opportunity to develop skills in ukulele, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, singing and music production. Lessons often employ spacing and pupils learn to build expertise by revisiting core skills and knowledge in different contexts. Enrichment opportunities support timetabled weekly lessons and give students the chance to develop a more in-depth understanding of music and to transfer and expand their understanding in new areas. The department provides opportunities for pupils to perform for others; developing self-esteem, confidence and helping them to experience the joy of making a positive contribution to the community.
We have a team of outstanding peripatetic teachers who offer specialist training on all instruments and we have excellent facilities. The music department at Harper Green is always loud! Music is the dominant language. Students rehearse in every available space at breaks, lunchtime and after school – forming bands, vocal groups and instrumental ensembles. It is a vibrant place where everyone is treated as a musician. We are proud of the inclusive nature of the department and provide additional musical tuition for every student who wants to learn to play an instrument.