Music

Music is a unique art form that touches all of our lives, every day, in some form or another. We, and our children, interact with Music every day from when we awake, whether it’s the latest pop hit waking us up from our phones, TV, radio, or the enchanting sound of the Balinese Gamelan drifting through the air.  

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Dyatmika we strive to provide a high-quality music education that engages and inspires students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.  

From Class 1 – 8 our students have two music lessons per week and learn to perform, compose, listen and understand music. With a focus on singing continuing throughout, our students also have a chance to learn many musical instruments in the classroom, whilst having access to our varied peripatetic music system for those who want to take their instrument learning or singing to an even higher level. In the classroom our students learn about Pop, Western Classical and music from different parts of the world through performing, composing and listening activities. By the end of Class 5 we aim for all of our students to be able to read and write music using a variety of notations.

Class 6 – 8

From Class 6 to 8 we teach a varied curriculum that allows students to learn to perform music with increasing challenge. We also teach students to compose, listen to and understand music from a wide variety of times and places. Our students learn how music developed in the western classical idiom from Medieval times right through to the present day. We learn how music of the past is still relevant to our world today, and how classical music and also traditional forms of music shape the pop music that they listen to. We learn all of the above through musical activities of singing, performing on a variety of instruments, composing with instruments and with music technology (Garageband, Logic Pro and Noteflight) and listening to incredible music from great composers.

Conor Harron,
Head of Music

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