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Music at Gilbert Colvin Primary School

At Gilbert Colvin, our intention is to provide a high-quality music education which aims to inspire a life-long love of music.  We believe that all children should be able to experience music and that music enriches our lives in many ways.  Music is all around us: it is creative, collaborative and celebratory.  At Gilbert Colvin, music has the power to bring communities together, through whole-school singing, ensemble playing and through the enjoyment of listening to friends and fellow pupils perform.  Our music lessons are taught by a specialist instructor from Redbridge Music Service and our curriculum follows the key areas which contribute towards an increasing development of musicianship:

  • Singing
  • Listening
  • Composing
  • Performing (voice and playing tuned and non-tuned instruments)


Through good vocal production, careful listening and a well-developed sense of pitch, children should be able to sing in harmony and with musical delivery by the end of Year 6, considering different speeds, rhythms and styles of singing.


Listening is fundamental to musical understanding.  We believe that exposing children to musical pieces from a wide range of cultures and traditions that truly reflect the community in which they live in, encourages them to be open-minded, as well as knowledgeable about the breadth of musical genres in the world today.


The creative process gives children an opportunity to contribute to musical culture in unique and valuable ways.  Through the composition process, children start by improvising using simple vocal chants and creating short sequences of sounds, before moving on to using music software to create and record music.  Musical notation is introduced in Key Stage 2, initially using graphic score before moving on to staff notation.


Creating opportunities to celebrate, share and experience music of all kinds, consolidates music learning and allows children to build musical confidence through active engagement, both as performers and as an audience. 

What our children think of Music at Gilbert Colvin Primary School:

“I like when we dance to the music. We listen to lots of different types of music that I haven’t heard before” – Reception child.

“It is interesting when we learn about the history of music and who inspired people in the music industry.  We have used software to compose our own piece of music on the laptops.  I like experimenting with vocals and base lines” - Year 6 child.

“I like practising a song or piece of music and having the opportunity to perform to the class’ – Year 3 child.
“I like how we have learnt to play different beats” – Year 4 child.


“I like when we sang the Grandma Rap because we dance to the beat” – Year 2 child.

“I like to do the animal sounds when we sing the Animal Song!” - Nursery child.

“I love learning about music because the lessons are so fun.  We get to sing every week and listen to different music.  I have found classical music relaxing to listen to” – Year 5 child.


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