Music is used at Ashmount to gain new skills and further development. It contributes to students’ social and emotional well-being and provides an outlet for creativity. Students receive weekly music sessions which involve a variety of activities, including: playing to live and recorded music, composition, using movement and music, and free improvisation.
We offer a wide range of instrumental workshops at Ashmount offering all students the chance to take part in creative music making.
Music therapy is also used to help students’ expression and communication. The provision of a qualified music therapist means that students can achieve in another area of the extended curriculum and expand skills, expression and communication in single and group sessions.
Within each key stage group music is structured through the year and split into sections or topics, within these topics 8 strands are developed: Vocalising, Moving, Improvising, Playing, Composing, Performing, Listening and Appraising
We also work with external performers who provide fantastic workshops which offer our students unique experiences in making and listening to music. In the past we have worked with Orchestra unwrapped and sinfonia viva. This year we are working with the Attenborough Arts Centre which has involved some visits from professional musicians who have worked with our staff and pupils