WR70: The Importance of Music in Different Religions

Summary: The report first deals with the history of music and its importance in five of the world’s main religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism: these being the religions which are usually covered in schools. I have then concentrated on the themes of ‘Spirituality’, ‘Greetings’, ’Celebrations’ and ‘Blessings’, using the similarities between the religions to suggest ideas for listening, composing and performing. It is hoped that children will celebrate the similarities between the religions, helping them to express their own beliefs, empathise with other faiths whilst, at the same time, helping them to develop their own spirituality. There are lessons plans to accompany each section for KS1 and 2 and songs to use for celebrations.