Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and plays an important part in the personal development of children. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community.
At Copthorne, music plays an integral part of school life. All children are encouraged to sing in Chapel and hymn practice each week and they all have weekly classroom music lessons in which they listen to, create and perform music. Formal and informal concerts are held throughout the year and a large number of children receive instrumental tuition from the visiting peripatetic music teachers. It is the department’s belief that such an active and enriching musical experience can contribute to a well-balanced and enjoyable school curriculum. We therefore encourage all pupils to engage in music making regardless of ability.