“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. A magic beyond all we do here!”

– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone 

Music At Clapagte

“Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand.” – Stevie Wonder

Children at Clapgate are given high-quality music teaching that encourages them to express themselves through the medium of music and help them develop a love and appreciation of music and the wider creative curriculum.

We understand the importance music can have for enriching children’s lives and education. Supported and delivered by enthusiastic school staff and visiting specialists, children at Clapgate are introduced to a variety of opportunities to develop their musical awareness and ability. Through interactive and engaging music lessons, we encourage a love and understanding of a wide range of music genres and traditions.

Our children love their music lessons each week.

In partnership with Leeds City Council’s Artforms and the use of the music scheme Charanga, we have designed a long-term plan with high quality musical opportunities that encourage listening, singing, playing instruments, performing and composing to encourage and develop musical creativity and freedom. Instrumental tuition including recorders, ukuleles, steel pans, boomwhackers, chime bars, ocarinas, keyboards and guitars give children a wide range of opportunities to develop previous learning and understand musical notation and terminology.

Children at Clapgate understand music can help them share and express their emotions, improve their concentration, allow them to try something new and develop their confidence.


Overview of Subject Approach 

Please see the document below which clearly outlines our Music teaching at Clapgate. 

Music at Clapgate Overview

Learner Profile

Here you will find our subject learner profile for Music.

Music Learner Profile

Medium Term Plans

Please see below for our medium terms plans for music. 

Music MT Plan

Progression Grids

Here is our progression grid for music in school. 

Charanga: Progression of Skills

Instrumental Tuition

 All children at Clapgate have opportunities to learn a variety of tuned instruments. These include ukuleles, steel pans, recorders, ocarinas and glockenspiels. Some children also opt for individual or small group tuition. These lessons are taught by Arts Forms as well as our own talented teachers.

Singing Assemblies

Each half term, every key stage has a new song. These are introduced in an assembly and then played in classrooms and in our weekly celebration assembly. You will find a link to our songs below:

Singing Assemblies

Additional Information

 The government have recently introduced a new, optional curriculum for music. This is called the Model Music Curriculum and focuses on the following areas:

  • Singing
  • Listening
  • Composing
  • Performing/Instrumental Performance


Throughout the next year, Clapgate will be starting to use elements of this curriculum to support music teaching.

Model Music Curriculum

Music Workshops

Throughout the year, we have lots of exciting music workshops planned. Different year groups will have the opportunity to work with music experts to learn more about this wonderful subject. Click the links below to find out more.

Live Performances

Throughout the year, the children will have opportunities for live performances. These take place in a variety of different contexts such as class assemblies, Christmas plays, Arts Forms events and the Christmas Extravaganza. Click the links below to see some examples.