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Music – Statement of Intent

At Bishop Wood School, we see music as a unique form of communication that inspires and motivates children. It is a vehicle for self-expression, and through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analyzing and composing, plays an important part in the children’s personal development. Through learning about and experiencing music from a variety of cultures and historical contexts (Year 4 learn about the life and work of Josephe Bologne) children will come to an appreciation of differences as well as a recognition of music as a ‘universal language’ (The National Curriculum), thereby fostering a better understanding and tolerance of the world in which they live. To encourage participation and opportunities for excellence, Bishop Wood is committed to offering chances for musical enrichment, and sharing of achievement, through extracurricular activities, community events, and music celebration assemblies. In the wider school day, during worship and classroom reflection, music is used as a tool through which children can experience joy, sadness and hope, appreciating music for its own sake.

Music is a powerful tool that can change the way children think, feel and act and we are committed to harnessing its universal appeal.

“Music is a higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven