"Music can change the world. Beethoven."
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 to the best in the musical canon.
At Zaytouna we value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. Be believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
We hope to foster a life-long love of music by exposing our children to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians.
Music is taught with cultural and religious reverence and not only supports our faiths and believes but helps us to express them further. The singing of Islamic Nasheeds is a feature of both our Islamic Studies and music curriculum alike. Wherever possible, we draw links between curriculum areas to create meaningful experiences.
Nowadays, music is much more accessible and technology allows us to be more creative than ever. The use of digital technologies such as Garage Band allows for further compositional experimentation and sharing.