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St Mary's Academy

Where children come first; belonging and building together








Music at Beaminster St Mary's 


At Beaminster St Mary’s Academy, we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people.

 Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. Through our programme of study and topic work, pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others and also have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.


As the children get older, we support and encourage them to maintain their concentration for longer periods of time and to listen to more extended piece of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. At Beaminster St Mary’s, we teach our children how to work with others to compose music and perform for an audience. We are passionate in ensuring that every child will have the opportunity to learn an instrument and are taught by a music specialist; pupils learn to read music and play as part of an ensemble.


Beaminster St Mary’s 8 principles for an enriched and connected curriculum:

  1. In your element – You explore, you play, you excel, you thrive, you have fun and you succeed. Find your element, trust yourself, give it a try, you might like it more than you think!
  2. In your hands - You are responsible for your own learning so challenge yourself. Find your personal bests and push yourself to improve.
  3. In your mind – Your learning, your memory, your motivation, your mindfulness, your ability and your growth mindset. Unlock the power to believe in yourself and be creative!
  4. In your imagination - You can achieve anything. Let your imagination run wild and work hard to make it a reality.
  5. In your heart – Love and kindness for yourself, for others, for the world. Use the power of music to be open to difference, to experience, to equity and equality. .
  6. In your world – You are part of a much wider community; you are a global citizen and have an important part to play in the future of your world.
  7. In your community – You belong, you are valued, you are a friend to others and through an appreciation of music, you can play an active part in enhancing all that is around you …
  8. In your future -  Your happiness, your success and your infinite possibilities. It is the story of you and it will be unique, special and wonderful. .