The Importance of Music

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.  It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.  As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.  The teaching of music develops pupils' ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.  It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness.  It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

The Objectives of Teaching Music

To control sounds through singing and playing (performing)

  • To create and develop musical ideas (composing)
  • To respond and review (appraise)
  • To listen and apply knowledge and understanding


  • Music throughout history
  • Music from different cultures