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Mersea Island School


Why do we teach music at Mersea Island School? 


At Mersea Island School, music plays an important part in our school community. Music is taught via an online music scheme, provided and supported by Essex Music Service enabling all our children to access a high quality music education. Its weekly lessons enable children to access engaging and exciting resources in order to develop their musical knowledge, skills and understanding, building on previous learning resulting in them being able to:

  • Perform, listen to, review & evaluate music
  • Be taught to sing, create & compose music 
  • Understand & explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.


It is hoped that through this they will develop a love for music, through an active involvement in performing, composing, listening and appraising across a wide range of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres embracing the cultural diversity of the world we live in.  We promote an understanding and the importance of all types of music, and respect the role music may play in any person’s life. The children learn to sing, and are given opportunities to perform to an audience. We encourage children to understand the value of music within the wider community, and enable them to be involved in musical experiences in a range of contexts. Staff and children recognise the important role that music plays in both children’s academic and social development. Our objective is to promote enjoyment, confidence and enthusiasm for music through practical activity, exploration and discussion.


As well as weekly class music lessons, pupils also have the opportunity to participate in and have other musical experiences through the weekly assemblies, music playing in and out of assembly, individual class assemblies, performances, concerts and participating in music workshops and festivals with other schools. Children are also able to have music lessons provided by peripatetic teachers. All children may participate in performances to a range of audiences; their peers, parents and within the local and wider community. It is hoped that our children will develop both a love and enjoyment of music along with an awareness of how music can impact on and improve their lives.


Here as just some examples of pupils during their music lessons


Year 1

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Year 1

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Year 6

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Curriculum Overview and Progression