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Music Curriculum


…speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.

                                                                                                                   Ephesians 5:19


We are proud to be a music mark school.

Our Music Vision (Intent)

At St Joseph’s we recognise that Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils 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 pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.  The teaching of music increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.  At St Joseph’s all children will have the opportunity to sing, to listen to music, to experience different musical instruments, to perform and to enjoy music. Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and listen to a wide range of music from their own cultural heritage and from other cultures. 


At St Joseph’s:

  1. The programmes of  study of the National Curriculum for music will underpin teaching and learning:

  2. Children will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles, cultures and traditions, including the works of the great composers and other musicians including contemporary musicians.

  3. Children will 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

  4. Pupils will be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

  5. All will 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.

Our Music Practice (Implementation)

Throughout school we use the National Curriculum to plan objectives. We then use Cornerstones Curriculum and Charanga to plan lessons and activities, as well as using a wide range of teaching and learning resources. Music is covered, and children are fully immersed, through topic based learning where appropriate:


At St Joseph’s we believe Music is effective when:


  1. Children learn how to play tuned and untuned instruments, musically play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

  2. Pupils experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music

  3. Children learn how to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.

  4. Pupils learn how to pay attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.

  5. When appropriate children use and understand staff and other musical notations.

  6. Children are helped to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians as they develop an understanding of the history of music.

Our Music Outcomes (Impact)

At St Joseph’s all pupils will benefit from a high quality music education which will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. It will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to enjoy a wide and rich range of music. Children have regular opportunities to revisit and consolidate prior skills and knowledge to help them become confident musicians. 

Children have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of musical instruments during their time here at St Joseph’s. These include the recorder, the glockenspiel and through our Rocksteady lessons- guitar, keyboard and drums. Children also get to use their singing voices through music lessons, rocksteady lessons, choir and other musical performances such as assemblies, masses, Bury Music Service performances and the Y6 leaver’s Play. 


Here are some of our end of term performances for you to enjoy: 

Year 1

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 5

Year 6

Here are some of our other Musical performances and opportunities: 



The Choir singing Away in a Manger at Bury Market

Year 3- The Magic Flute at Bury Met Theatre. 

Bury Music Service- taster sessions.


The choir receiving their new t-shirts.

The National Anthem

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