“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” ― Jane Swan
We give all children the opportunity to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build musical confidence. We aim to help the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. We don’t just want children to learn about music; we want them to become musicians.
We aim for our lessons to focus on singing skills, instrumental skills, listening and appraising and composing. We also teach musical notation and technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, pulse & rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. We also want all children to have the opportunity to learn about contrasting composers and key figures in music.
The interrelated dimensions of music weaves through the units to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.
Each learning unit comprises of the strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
Virtual Native Flute
The Music House
The Orchestra – Instruments
Learn about instruments
BBC Musical Mysteries – KS2
BBC Music Games
Musical Instruments Word Search
Y4 Playground Games
Y4 Painting with Sound
Y4 Setting the Scene
Y4 BBC – Moods
i-board Humpty Compose
Science of Music
Musical Instruments Word Search
Helpful Music Games
There are many reasons to learn how to play a musical instrument. Learning an instrument can be a great way to work out your brain and improve your memory, and if you learn one as a child, the benefits last a lifetime. Practicing an instrument is also a way to improve your time-management skills and learn how to efficiently use the free time in your day. Studies have shown that instruments also boost your coordination, reading comprehension, and mathematical skills, giving you big benefits in all aspects of life. Playing an instrument can also be your ticket to a brighter future because it opens up many career and hobby opportunities.
If you are not able to learn an instrument in person, there are many online resources that will help you learn the basics. Studying online is an excellent way to learn how to read sheet music. It's also an easy way to practice ear training, which is a way to recognise music notes just by listening to them. There are many online games to learn the history of instruments and understand how to play them. In many cases, it may be very helpful to develop a basic understanding of how an instrument works before attempting to play it. Guitar players can watch how chords are formed, while pianists can learn the correct way to place their hands on the keys. It may also be useful to understand how an individual instrument adds to an orchestra, and there are several games that allow you to listen to each instrument separately. Musicians who want to practice tempo will often find an online metronome to be just the ticket. Online metronomes are helpful because you can practice keeping a steady tempo, building up speed until you are comfortable. By using these online resources, musicians can easily increase the speed and accuracy at which they play:
Click on each musical instrument to learn more about its history and how it sounds. Explore brass, woodwind, and string instruments.
This tool makes it easy to tune the strings on a guitar. Simply click on the notes and then adjust your strings until both notes sound the same.
The San Francisco Orchestra offers several musical games to help kids learn about instruments and composition. Discover fun facts about composers, music, and instruments here.
Click each piano key on the keyboard and learn the corresponding musical note.
Play around with this virtual instrument to create your own songs. The keyboard can play different instrument sounds, and it also includes drum beats and a mode that makes it easy to play chords.
Slowly build an orchestra by identifying the correct musical instrument based on its sound.
This online metronome includes several sheet music scales for practice, including those for the flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and many more.
These interactive activities are a fun way to learn about musical score composition, chords, and scales.
Adjust the number of beats, tempo, and accent beats with this metronome game. There is a desktop and mobile version available for download.
Use the clarinet, oboe, or marimba to create a melody using the number keys on your keyboard.
Place and adjust the strings and percussion sounds to make a tune with this fun game. Players can learn about how adjusting the strings on an instrument can make different sounds.
Drag whole, half, and quarter notes to the staff to create your own music. You can choose between "beginner" and "advanced" versions and send the finished composition to your friends.
Add instruments to the staff, then hit the play button to hear your composition. Experiment with different rhythms and combinations of instruments to create different sounds.
Learn to identify the different notes on a musical staff by playing this game.
Practice slow, moderate, and fast tempos with this online interactive metronome.
Refresh the page to discover a new music game!
In this game, drag notes onto the staff and create your own musical score.
This call-and-response game is a fun way to practice the piano and learn about musical notes.
Identify the right note and click it as fast as you can!
This music tool teaches kids to recognize different piano chords by ear.