We believe that musical education should allow children to develop a life-long love of music. Children will progress and develop their skills as musicians, gaining a sense of creativity and achievement appreciate the very best music from around the world and compose their own musical pieces. We aim to give all children the opportunity to enjoy and explore the music curriculum, no matter how much they have been exposed to it outside of school. 



Our music curriculum is built on high quality teaching and engaging lessons that have careful progression throughout. Music is taught on a weekly basis, and in some classes, two weekly. This regular immersion into the music curriculum enables children to make clear connections between musical units and recall important, previous learning to take them to their next step.

Music at Chilton is taught through specific topics, giving a number of lessons on one area. This enables children to make consistent musical development as there are familiar themes that are revisited over a period of time. Music Express includes many examples of music styles and genres from different times and places, including the classical Western canon. These are explored through the language of music via active listening, performing and composing activities, which enable understanding of the context and genre. Examples include vocal melodies from Medieval times, Tudor court music, Romantic ballet music, Twentieth century pop, as well as traditional and classical forms from across the globe.

The opportunity for children to experience peripatetic music lessons as an extra-curricular activity enables those with a particular love or flair to pursue their interests.  We believe that every child’s interests should be explored to the best of our ability and we are lucky enough to give children this chance in school. 



  • Children have been taught to play at least two instruments by the time they leave the school
  • Progress across the school is tracked using the Music Express progression map alongside OTrack which allows teachers to consider the support required for following units. 
  • Pupil book study shows that children enjoy the music curriculum
  • All children will have had the opportunity to perform in front of an audience