The teachers on this team plan and deliver schemes of work for whole classes, often with cross curricular links. We recognise the role music can play in enriching and supporting learning across all areas of the curriculum. The teachers on this team are often also responsible for school ensembles such as choirs and bands and will direct end of term productions and concerts. Whilst most of the work is in primary we are able to support secondary schools as well. All of the team are qualified classroom teachers. Three of the team are Advanced Skills teachers.
Our aim is to enhance school life and learning through musical participation.
We want to ensure that children in Cornwall have the best possible musical experience througout their school lives. This means music delivery from an expert on at least a weekly basis. Music lessons should inspire and ignite the creative spirit of all our students. We are also very aware that through good music teaching children will develop a number of important skills for life – whether or not they continue to follow a musical path. As well as being immensely enjoyable Music promotes self confidence, social skills, cooperation, coordination, sequencing skills and communication to name but a few.
Musical experiences in school explore many aspects including composition, performance and listening. Content is taken from a broad range of genres and cultures and will provide as much ‘hands on’ opportunity as possible.
Ideally students should be able to experience live performances from both amateur and professional musicians. These experiences will happen both in and outside the school setting. Children are also given the opportunity to perform in settings outside school through large events organised by Music Cornwall. These events take place at a variety of exciting venues such as Eden, Carnglaze Caverns, Carn Brea, beaches and Hall for Cornwall. We also aim to keep schools in touch with each other on a musical basis. This involves both primary and secondary and is particularly important for transition from year 6 to 7. Joint concerts and musical projects are an excellent way to forge links and build bridges. They also allow younger children to see what they can aspire to as they progress musically.
As part of Music Cornwall our staff have access to a range of resources which can be used in school including electronic instruments and world music. Through work in class, alongside teachers in school, Music Cornwall teachers enhance the curriculum through music and in turn promote professional development for staff in the school.
The members of the curriculum provision team have access to training which keeps them up to date with all the latest developments in music education. Some of the team are also able to deliver training for schools in the form of INSET and staff meetings.
Because we are part of Music Cornwall we can draw on the expertise of other teams as necessary and are able to organise demonstrations, concerts and ‘one off’ big projects. We are also in a position to suggest routes students may wish to take in order to enhance their musical experience further. This might be through individual and small group tuition or through joining one of our many county wide ensembles.
We offer taster sessions to any school that wants to find out more about the curriculum provision team and our tailor made service for individual schools.
One music means we are all part of one big team with one goal – the best possible music provision available to all.
At present we are working throughout the whole county, largely in primary schools. We are all involved in a variety of end of term productions, musicals and concerts. Some of these are large scale involving more than one school and more than one Music Cornwall team.
We are also very actively involved with the national singup programme and have a number of schools who have achieved awards including the highest – platinum.