Purpose of Study

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.

“Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.”  (Aristotle)


Through the music programmes of study, children will develop their understanding, make musical judgments, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. Motivation and capturing each individual’s personal interest will drive the learning forward.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything … without music, life would be an error.”  (Plato) 


St Edward’s: a musical tour.

As well as classroom based learning, children have other opportunities to develop through a range of music activities.

  • Our local Music Hub peripatetic teachers offer violin and cello lessons for KS2 children.
  • Years 3/4 & 6 have the opportunity to have taster sessions in African drumming each year. (planned for spring & summer term 2022)
  • Year 5 complete a five week Taiko drumming course each year too. (planned for summer term 2022)

End of year performance: St Edward’s usually comes together in June each year, with opportunities for children from Reception to Year 6, to take part in a performance at Middlesbrough Theatre. Previous productions have included ‘Aladdin’, ‘St Edward’s Got Talent’, and ‘Annie’ to name just a few.


Music Policy

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Music Overview

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Music Intent

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Examples from previous years of Taiko and African drumming sessions led by ‘Mr Drum’ from Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS).

African Drumming Taster Sessions

The Year 6 and Year 3/4 children are had African Drumming sessions, led by ‘Mr Drum’ from Tees Valley Music Service. The children involved really enjoyed their sessions. There were some fantastic sounds and rhythms coming from the school hall!

The ‘Taiko Drumming’ course for Year 5 children led by Mr Mc Pharlane from Tees Valley Music Service.

Shine Festival 2019

St Edward’s Year 5 Singer’s  took part in the school choir competition at the Shine Festival 2019. Seven school choirs took part at Middlesbrough Town Hall in May. The standard of singing this year was very good. Our singer’s enjoyed singing two contrasting pieces: Truly Scrumptious & Canta! The adjudicator’s feedback was extremely positive and … we were awarded joint FIRST PLACE!!

The children were thrilled with the outcome and we are extremely proud of their wonderful achievement!

Many thanks goes to the hard work of the choir’s conductor:

–Miss Keeley and to Mrs Gardner for accompanying the singers.

WELL DONE everyone!


Taiko Drumming

Take a peek at the drumming in action!