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The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities using the Charanga music scheme. The elements of music are taught through this scheme so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Pupils also learn how to read basic music notation and create their own ways of recording their own and others music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Pupils also participate in weekly singing assemblies and performances that are annually timetabled to allow all children the opportunity to engage with a variety of audiences. Children are taught to play tuned and untuned percussion instruments throughout their time at Summerlea. In addition to this our school has a number of skilled peripatetic music teachers offering a range of musical tuition in addition to the school curriculum and we are also liaising with West Sussex Music which allows the school to access The Whole Class Ensemble Tuition.
Musical opportunities are also offered as extra-curricular activities through a range of clubs and visits that have included Glee Club, Young Voices and many performances to the local community. 'Music Factor' is also a highlight in whole school assembly and exposes both staff and pupils to a wide range of music genres and styles.