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.


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.

St Edward’s: a musical tour.

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

  • Our local Music Hub peripatetic teachers offer violin and cello lessons for KS2 children.
  • Each week Mr Harrison and Miss Keeley work with Key Stage 2 on liturgical singing skills and encouraging children to sing for pleasure.
  • Miss Keeley leads our successful school choir that practices together in a weekly timetabled session. They often compete in local competitions and participate in our liturgical singing for liturgies and church services.
  • Years 3/4 & 6 have the opportunity to have taster sessions in African drumming each year.
  • Year 5 complete a five week Taiko drumming course each year too.

For a number of years, the children come together with all of their creative skills for an end of year performance. Last year, the children came together for a production of  ‘St Edward’s Got Talent!’. There was an overwhelming array of talent from children from Reception age, right up to Year 6!


Music Policy

You can also view our Music Curriculum Policy here: Music Policy 2019

Autumn Term 2018 

African Drumming Taster Sessions

This term the Year 6 and Year 3/4 children are having 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!

Spring Term 2019

The ‘Taiko Drumming’ course for Year 5 children started today, 7th January. Mr Mc Pharlane from Tees Valley Music Service is taking two sessions every Monday for five weeks, and leads to a certificate for completing the course.

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!


Autumn Term 2019

The Year 5 children have started their Taiko Drumming course with Mr McFarlane (Mr Drum) from Tees Valley Music Service. Take a peek at the drumming in action!