Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Mount Pleasant we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to great music from different times, genres and cultures.
From the moment they learn their first nursery rhyme to their Year 6 leavers’ assembly, music plays a big part in our children’s education. Children at Mount Pleasant love singing together and enjoy weekly singing assemblies. Singing also plays a big part in our assemblies celebrating religious festivals, from the Christmas Nativity play to Hannukah and Diwali. We are lucky to have a range of music resources, including electric keyboards, percussion and violins, which are used in class music lessons. Specialist music teachers visit the school during the week. In year 2, children spend one term learning to play hand-chimes. In years 3, 4 and 5, children spend one term of the year learning the violin, with the opportunity to take an instrument home if they want to practice further. These lessons give children an understanding of pitch and rhythm, as well as the basics of music notation. Year 6 pupils work together to perform a musical production in the summer term, once their SATs are over.