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Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children.

The aims of music teaching enable children to: 

  • Understand and enjoy music through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing
  • Have the opportunity to develop their individual skills, sharing experience and cooperation with others 
  • Develop an awareness of musical traditions and developments from a variety of cultures
  • Develop the skills of independence, resilience, inquisitiveness, communication and creative thinking, through participation in musical activities 


  • At Pangbourne Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children.
  • Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.
  • We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music.
  • Children develop communication skills in music lessons, when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds.
  • We teach them musical notation and how to compose music and we teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch.

For more information on how maths is taught, see the document below.