Music is an essential part of life; integral to the development of the whole person. At Oxley, we believe that the opportunity to engage in musical experiences is crucial for the development of the whole child. Learning music develops all aspects of a child’s learning, from the physical action of using an instrument to the mathematical skills needed to keep a pulse. These abilities are directly transferable to other areas of the curriculum, allowing them to flourish, and will be invaluable in their future life. At our school, children have access to music through regular classroom activities and formal music lessons, as well as extra opportunities such as peripatetic music lessons.
At Oxley, we aim to provide all pupils with a high quality musical education that will engage and inspire them. Through singing, creating, and performing, children will develop a lifelong love of music, and their confidence will increase as will their creativity and imagination. We believe that opportunities for children to play in small groups or ensembles help to foster essential life skills such as cooperation, mutual support, self discipline, and commitment. Music plays an important role in helping children feel part of a community and all children will be able to feel a sense of achievement and pride, whilst also finding music to be enjoyable and relaxing, therefore reducing stress. Through our links with outside providers, children will have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument (other than voice). It is our vision that every child adopts an understanding and love of music which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.