The Power of Music
Music the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. At Walthamstow Academy, music should bring our community together through the shared endeavours of: singing; ensemble playing; experimenting with the creative process; listening to friends and fellow pupils, and, of course, performing. The sheer joy of music-making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.
There is an expectation that music is for all – this includes children with SEND.
We aim to provide a vibrant and cohesive curriculum that instils a lifelong love for music, collaboration, performance and creativity in all our students
Our curriculum exposes students to a wide range of musical styles and traditions, particularly celebrating cultural diversity within music and performing arts.
We recognise that many students arrive at Walthamstow Academy with few musical reference points, and little experience in performance. Our curriculum aims to foster self confidence in these students through developing their musical fluency and creative expression. At the same time, our curriculum stretches and challenges experienced musicians. Thus, every student is a musician and experiences performing as part of an ensemble.
We teach music through performance and listening primarily, but students also learn the key tenets of musical theory by considering harmony, rhythm and melody throughout their lessons. Our three strands of: listening/appraising, composing and performing give every student a pathway to progress through musical learning.
Our curriculum uses modern music technology heavily, giving all students experience of this equipment and the potential is possesses to unlock creativity