Music at Sarisbury

Working and learning together

At Sarisbury, we believe that making music is a wonderful way in which to explore and express thoughts and emotions. Music can calm, excite, inspire and entertain; it can also be used to share information and ideas. Music is a timeless form of communication and is interwoven into all of our lives.

Children are given opportunities through classroom music activities:

  • To play and perform in solo and in groups, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music, including the use of musical notes, for a wide range of purposes and styles.
  • Listen to, appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.

Children in Year 3 are also given the opportunity to learn various musical instruments through the ‘Listen 2 Me’ programme run by Hampshire Music Service; these include African drums, Ukulele and vocal coaching.

A new and exciting music project has been introduced at Sarisbury in Year 4 in association with Hampshire Music Service. The project aims to encourage all children in Year 4 to learn a brass, woodwind or stringed instrument as part of small group and ensemble tuition. The pictures below show the early stages of this initiative and we look forward to seeing how our youngsters progress though the coming year.

Close links with Brookfield Cluster Schools and wider ensembles also provide opportunities for children to participate in music activities.

A well-resourced music room ensures that all pupils have access to a wide range of musical instruments as part of our curricular provision.

A wide range of instruments are available to learn as part of the school’s extra-curricular programme. Tuition is currently offered in brass, woodwind, violin, cello, ukulele and guitar. There is a charge of £55 per term for instrumental tuition. Where places for instrumental tuition are oversubscribed, the school operates a waiting list; please contact the admin team for further information.

Please click the link below for a copy of the music policy at SJS.


Music Policy September 2019

Music Curriculum Map 2019 – 2020


Beyond the Beat 2019

An exciting new music opportunity for children in Year 4 in association with Hampshire Music Service


Click this link for the Beyond the Beat practice site (log in and password needed)


Beyond the Beat Online Instructions for Parents