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Music terminology, made simple!

This half term, I had the pleasure of hosting a Pupil Voice session in my classroom all about music. The children from Y1 to Y6 were absolutely delightful and so enthusiastic that I thought I would share some of the things they said.


Year 1 and 2 children said: I’m getting better at copying the bear! (finding the pulse in Charanga)

 I sing songs at after school club with Mr Parkin We sing the days of the week song ( and they sang it to me)!


LKS2 told me: Every time we play ukulele with Mr Parkin, we learn a new chord because we practice. Mr Parkin now gives us 9/10

Mr Burns gives us feedback when playing the glockenspiels so we know we're getting better.

We have learnt to play some chords on the ukulele that we’ve never done before.


UKS2 shared: I have joined the Rocksteady band and I’m learning to play the electric drums!

We went to Kingsmeadow school to see a show about the musicals. It was great.

I've enjoyed Learning to play the guitar.

It's been great singing ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ with the whole school!

I know the chord of G, D. F, A minor and A7 I know what a time signature and treble clef are.

4 4 time means 4 crotchet beats in every bar.

There are different rests for the different notes.

I know what a time signature is but I didn’t before.

I couldn’t play the guitar in September but now I can.

We sound good!



This term we have had a visit from a rock musician who taught us about the instruments in a rock band. Some of the teachers had a go too!

Spring 2. This term's music after school club is Garage Band which is a brilliant app for the ipad. The children have absolutely loved creating their own music electronically.

Why do we teach music at Brighton Avenue Primary School?


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should 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. 


What are our aims in teaching music at Brighton Avenue Primary School? 

Our aims are to: 

  • develop musical skills and concepts through listening, performing, composing and reviewing.
  • develop social skills through co-operation with others in the shared experience of making music
  • perform, listen to and review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians. 
  • enrich and support work in other areas of the curriculum 
  •  develop links with our local community through shared musical events 
  • learn to sing and to use voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence 
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations 
  • take music and singing beyond the classroom and into the community
  • give every child the opportunity to perform as part of a group  for children to be proud of their achievements.