Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn and can lead to better brain development, increases in human connection, and even stress relief. Music helps children learn across subjects and can help to build social and cultural values. Children also acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to make music. Children at St Joseph's participate in weekly curriculum music lessons from Pre-Prep to Year 6.
In Pre-Prep and Key Stage 1, music teaching follows the Kodaly principles of learning about music through singing and movement, thereby providing children with the musical skills to develop their singing. Children learn to play different musical instruments and develop greater understanding and enjoyment of music.
In KS2, children have whole class instrumental lessons in recorder, djembe drumming, percussion and ukulele, in addition to their curriculum lessons. The school has an orchestra and extra-curricular recorder groups; this enables children in KS2 to experience playing as part of an ensemble.
The school has a Chamber Choir for selected KS2 pupils which performs regularly at local events.
Individual instrumental lessons are available in a range of instruments including; piano, violin, drums and guitar.