Music Curriculum

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“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”

Michelle Obama


At St John’s we believe in the importance of music as part of faith and everyday lives. As stated in the Model Music Curriculum, ‘Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world.’ We have designed a curriculum that uses a range high-quality resources to ensure access to the highest quality of music education for every child.

We expose children to the ‘best’ in music through a diverse range of musical opportunities, and a wide variety of styles, traditions, composers and musicians through time and from around the world, so that they are able to understand and express their own musicality.

We build on the fundamental knowledge and skills, through the interrelated dimensions of music, so that children are able to confidently listen, appreciate, perform and create music.

When children leave St Johns, their exploration of music will allow them to know and express their own musical identity and how that fits in to their daily life. They will have a deeper appreciation of the importance of music and its links to the historical, cultural, political and social contexts in which it is made. 


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St John The Baptist Primary School
High Street, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6BS

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Chapelfield Lane, Penistone S36 6FS