Being a Musician

To become a Musician, the Curriculum at St Paul’s will help learners develop the following characteristics:

• A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work. 

• A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise. 

• Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.

• An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.

• The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.

• A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.


To develop these characteristics they will explore the following key concepts:


  •         Perform- This concept involves understanding that music is created to be performed.


  •         Compose- This concept involves appreciating that music is created through a process which has a number of techniques.


  •         Transcribe- This concept involves understanding that compositions need to be understood by others and that there are techniques and a language for communicating them.


  •         Describe music- This concept involves appreciating the features and effectiveness of musical elements.