Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.

A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils 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.

Music Curriculum Intent at LCA

The music curriculum at Lincoln Carlton Academy aims to:

  • Inspire creativity, self-expression and encourage our children on their musical journeys.
  • Grow the cultural capital of all of pupils, but especially those who are the most disadvantaged.
  • Give children the opportunity to collaborate and connect with others.
  • Help children to foster a lifelong love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. Support children to listen and respond to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians.

How will this be implemented?

The music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities as well as weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use the language of music to discuss it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom students learn how to play various un-tuned and tuned percussion instruments. In doing so they understand the different principles of creating notes, as well as how to devise and read their own musical scores and basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds into their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

We also enrich our music curriculum by providing opportunities for:

  • Every child to learn to play an instrument (ukulele in Year 3, djembe, LMS).
  • Children to learn to play another instrument of their choice through paid lessons (keyboard, guitar, ukulele, drums, LMS).
  • Children to sing in a choir and in a range of different performances and class assemblies.
  • Children to sing at least once a week as a whole school. (Every day in assembly)
  • Children to sing regularly in their classroom.

Music Curriculum Impact

When children leave Lincoln Carlton Academy they will be confident, competent and creative musicians. The will have developed a deep and rich subject knowledge of music and will have been given the tools they need to pursue the next stage in their musical journey, whether that is at their secondary school, learning or continuing to learn to play an instrument, joining an ensemble or composing their own music. The teaching of music appreciation will have supported children will develop a love of music and an appreciation of different musical genres from a range of historical periods and composers.


The LCA Music Curriculum 2022 - 2023 [ WORD, 129.87 KB ]
Find out the knowledge that is taught in each year group and how this progresses across subsequent year groups and Key Stages.