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Why Music?

We’ve chosen to make Music a core part of our curriculum because:

  • Musical performance rewards individual effort and teamwork
  • Learning to play an instrument teaches focus, concentration and perseverance
  • Performing, composing and appreciating music is beautiful and joyful.

Along with English and Mathematics, Music is a core subject at HNPS:

  • Children at the start of Phase 2 (age 6) have the opportunity to begin learning an instrument through small-group tuition.
  • As the school has grown, children continue to have the opportunity to play with others in groups and bands, regularly performing to different audiences.

At HNPS we are a Rights Respecting School (Silver), where our practice adheres to the UNICEF Convention Rights of the Child.  We believe our music curriculum fulfils the aims of the Convention in the following articles:

Article 13, Freedom of Expression

Article 29, Goals of Education

Article 31, Leisure, Play and Culture

Please see this article on the importance of keeping a beat: Researchers link ability to keep a beat to reading, language skills.

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