Charville Primary School - Music

Music is a truly international language. It is a unique form of communication, drawing on our feelings, experiences, emotions and aspirations. Through music, we can communicate on a more personal, expressive and intense level than we can by using words. Studies show that early music training helps in many areas of brain development, including areas in language and reasoning, lateral thinking, teamwork and discipline. Furthemore there is the development of learned skills of achievement through practice. Recent research shows that pupils who study the Arts achieve better at school.

These qualities are recognised at Charville, and their encouragement and development lie at the heart of the school ethos and the music curriculum. Weekly lessons throughout the school are delivered by a specialist teacher in a dedicated music room, equipped with a wide range of instruments from around the world. The children’s musical experience is enhanced by careful use of computer compositional programs. There are three main strands to our curriculum: listening and evaluating; performing; composing. All strands are explored each year, with singing and performance playing the larger part. Singing is an integral part of each lesson: children learn proper breath control and voice production, and experience the unique satisfaction of producing a high-quality musical performance.

Hillingdon Music Service provides us with expert tutors in various instruments. Children can take advantage of these lessons from Y3 onwards, working through their Grade exams and giving concerts at the end of each year. Charville subscribes to the Wider Opportunities scheme, whereby a whole year group learns to play an instrument. Our school Choir takes part in two or three concerts outside school each year, as well as providing entertainment for our Winter Wonderland and Open Days.

The emotional, social and musical benefits that children gain though music lessons at Charville can often have an important impact on their learning across the whole curriculum, and their further development as human beings.