Primary School

Bright, Proud and Successful



Purpose of Study (National Curriculum)

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 education should be mainly concerned with bringing children into contact with the musician’s fundamental activities of performing, composing and listening.”

H.M. Inspectorate in Music from 5 to 16. (DfES)


Children experience music in so many different ways in their daily lives, whether listening to their favourite songs, singing, dancing, relaxing, exercising to music, watching a movie (music is used very creatively for special effects) or even being outside and hearing nature ‘sing’! Music is everywhere and can help us all in so many ways – mentally, socially and physically.

  1. Whole school
  2. Classroom
  3. Tees Valley Music Service Activities
  4. Extra-curricular Music
  5. Performances to the school and wider community

At Bewley, children experience music in many different ways:

Whole School Music

Classroom Music

This diagram shows the inter-related dimensions of music and the progression of skills:

Here is what each of the inter-related dimensions mean:

The Inter-related Dimensions of Music
Pulse (duration) – steady beat
Rhythm (duration) – long and short sounds over a steady beat
Pitch High and low sounds
Dynamics Loud and quiet
Tempo Fast and slow
Timbre The character of a sound (e.g. different instrument sounds)
Structure How the sections of a song or piece are ordered
Texture Layers of sound, how thick or thin music is (number of sounds playing at once)
Notation How music is written down

Tees Valley Music Service Tuition

Each year, Tees Valley Music Service provides workshops, instrumental tuition and further performance opportunities for children. As part of the vision for Bewley, every child has an opportunity to experience instrumental playing (tuned and untuned instruments). Tees Valley Music Service provide:

Performance Opportunities:

Extra-curricular Music Making at Bewley

Extra-curricular music has included:

Sharing Music With The Community

Children love opportunities to share their talents and gain so much confidence and enjoyment through performing and seeing the happiness on the faces of their audience! Here are some of the opportunities children at Bewley have had:

Bewley Music Making: Photo Gallery


Through the rich opportunities that our music curriculum offers, when children leave Bewley Primary School they will have a love of music and increased levels of self-confidence. They will be inspired by different genres of music, analyse music and compose a variety of music.