At Chestnuts, we aim to encourage an enjoyment and understanding of music through listening, composing and performing. Music is a unique and powerful form of communication that can change the way children feel, act and think. Through our music teaching at Chestnuts, children can increase their creativity, self-confidence and imagination.  

In Early Years, songs are used to explore all areas of learning as well as the routines of the school day. Patterns and rhythm are introduced and there are opportunities within the continuous provision, such as exploring instruments, to enhance their musical development.  

In Key Stages 1 and 2, music is taught through the musical scheme “Charanga” to ensure that all children across the school are being developed in the following musical skills: 

  • Listening and appraising 
  • Singing and Musical instrument practice 
  • Composition 
  • Improvisation 
  • Performing and sharing 

Charanga allows us to teach musical skills through different genres of music, tailored to the age and stage of the children. The scheme also allows us to support confident musicians to develop their skills through a range of challenging tasks each lesson.   

The MK Music Hub provides wider musical opportunities in Year 4, enabling children to learn an instrument with a specialist teacher. 

Throughout the school, the children have many opportunities to listen to and perform music in sing and sign assemblies and productions, sharing musical experiences with their peers and their families, whilst at the same time learning the art of performance.  

Through music at Chestnuts, we aim to: 

  • Build up the confidence of all children by enabling them to participate in a variety of musical experiences. 
  • Develop the children's ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. 
  • Encourage children to discuss music using a range of technical vocabulary. 
  • Develop descriptive language skills in music lessons while learning how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. 
  • Make music an enjoyable learning experience for all.