At St Paul's music plays a central part in children’s learning and development. Music is part of the schools commitment to the arts and is included in daily life through assemblies and the wider curriculum. Through their time at St Paul's children will receive a wide range of music learning and opportunity.
A specialist music teacher covers general musicality and the music curriculum including: music history and significant works, performing, composing and appreciation, knowledge and understanding of the fundamental elements of music (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture), formal and informal notation. Lessons are centred on active participation in music making using the body and voice as well as a full range of percussion instruments. There is a balance between children exploring their own creativity and the discipline of formal music.
Each Year 4 class receives a term of guitar tuition through the BHMA Soundmakers project. In this way children in both key stages are given the opportunity to experience high quality instrumental learning. Children wishing to develop their instrument learning can do so through peripatetic instrument lessons run by BHMA and other private providers. While there is a charge for instrument lessons, the Brighton Hove Music Service has several schemes to support families where cost is an issue. We also run an afterschool singing club called Songbirds every week.