Music
At St Edmund’s Catholic School, Music contributes to acts of worship.
Music is an important part of the curriculum.  People of every culture have found a need to express and share feelings, thoughts and ideas by ordering sounds into forms, which symbolise and interpret their experience.  The creation of music stems from our need to communicate through patterns of sound which have significance, and which may be re-created on subsequent occasions.
Music is so much a part of the background of everyday life that it tends to get taken for granted.  Yet, for many people it is a powerful focus for creative energy, and one which both stimulates and guides the imagination.  Music at St. Edmund’s Catholic School aims to develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all pupils.
The development of musical perception and skills is dependent upon the quality, range and appropriateness of these musical experiences, as they are provided within and outside school.  There are many different styles of music appropriate for different purposes and offering different kinds of satisfaction and challenge; excellence may be found in any style of musical expression.
The study of music as a subject provides for the progressive development of:
• skills in movement, vocal skills, and in aural imagery, acquired through exploring and organising sounds
• awareness and appreciation of organised sound patterns
• sensitive, analytical and critical responses to music
• the capacity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music
• awareness and understanding of traditions, idioms and musical styles from a variety of different cultures, times and places
• the experience of fulfilment, which derives from striving for the highest possible artistic and technical standards.
The aim of the Music Department at St. Edmund’s Catholic School is to make music:
• Enjoyable and to develop a sensitive response to sound in general, and a life-long enjoyment of music of all kinds, both as a listener and a participant.  We encourage students to think about musical ideas and to use music as a creative stimulus.
• Creative and to develop students’ self-expression as well as their capacity to understand and express ideas and feelings through the medium of sound.
• Social and Moral, because singing together creates bonds.  We also work with students to develop the ability to work constructively as a member of a group using skills of leadership, discussion, negotiation and the blending of different peoples’ ideas.
• Cultural.  We work with students to develop an awareness of musical heritage, traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and societies.
• Cross Curricular.  Music supports language development and literacy and develops a feel for patterns and numeracy.  It also provides a vehicle for learning or enhancing certain subjects like language, history, art and drama.
• Aesthetic.  Because music helps pupils to understand the way their feelings work and to develop an insight into areas of experience, some of which cannot be verbalised easily
Extra-Curricular Music
Participation in extra-curricular music activities enriches the core curriculum for music and allows pupils the opportunity to share interests and experience performing with others.  All pupils are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular music and there is a range of activities for pupils to involve themselves with including St Edmund’s Community Wind Band and St Edmund’s choir, which perform on a regular basis.  There is an extensive range of peripatetic teachers and a wide variety of instruments are taught from all orchestral instruments to electric guitar, drums and vocal lessons.
Key Contacts
Subject Leader:
Mr Viv Bates:       vbates@st-edmunds-dover.kent.sch.uk