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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At St. John’s we ensure we provide a high-quality music education which engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, whilst increasing their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As our children progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and 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.

Hand, head and heart whole school music plan

Whole School Annual Music Challenge

Every year we set the whole school a music challenge to learn to play a new instrument. Last year the children learnt to play the Africa Drums and this year they are learning to play the Ukelele. Mrs. Purser with Gemma from Rochdale Music Service have been helping the children develop new skills to play a range of music. They are working so hard- look out for them playing in class assemblies and at Church Services too. 

Rochdale Music Service

We have a wonderful relationship with Rochdale Music Service who provide individual and group music lessons here in school. The cost of these music lessons is paid for by parents who must commit to their child taking up the instrument for the minimum of a year.  A range of instruments can be chosen. For more information follow the link below to Rochdale Music Service or speak to a member of staff here at St. John's. 

Due to our upcoming build we have additional places in some of our classes. Please contact the school office for more details.