Music remains a statutory subject of the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1-3. Information about the programmes of study and attainment targets can be found on the .gov website - Music Programmes of Study
Music and COVID-19
We have created a myth buster document to help schools to understand what they are able to do under the current restrictions (as of 26th May 2021)
The Cornwall Music Education Hub has teamed with Charanga to jointly fully fund Musical School licences for all LA/former LA primary schools in Cornwall until 1st October 2022 (usually £295 plus VAT per school).
Charanga Musical School is a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school, including the music curriculum and whole-class instrumental learning, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and engaging with music at home. Musical School provides access to a complete music scheme for the National Curriculum, including the new adapted scheme, and other resources to support blended learning.
We have partnered with the Cornwall Music Service Trust to roll out this programme as they have already been working with Charanga and have a great deal of experience in using Musical School. We will be offering a number of free online training sessions over the next few months to help all staff in schools, both music specialists and non-specialists, make the most of the resources available.
The resource can also be used beyond music teaching: you can find music – both contemporary and classic – for assemblies or carpet time. Teachers and support staff may also like to use some of the games included for activities during rainy play times. Full scripts and music for your next Christmas play are also included.
To obtain a licence for your school simply visit www.cornwall.charanga.com or click here. Any school who has already purchased a licence will not lose out as they will have the remainder of their licence term added on after 1st October 2022.
Free online resources
There are lots of free resources and toolkits available online to help schools plan and map their programmes to ensure they meeting the requirements of both the National Curriculum and the needs of their students:
- Teaching Music in Schools - model Music Curriculum - In March 2021, the government published it's new Model Music Curriculum. This is not a new National Curriculum but instead represents good practice in how the statutory curriculum can be delivered
- Primary Music Toolkit - Online toolkit for Primary Schools created by Dr Alison Daubney
- TriBorough Music Hub - Curriculum Guidance. Created by the Tri Borough Music Hub in London, this document contains information about:
- The new Ofsted Inspection Framework – Sep 2019;
- Writing a School Music Policy;
- Using the Self Evaluation Tool for Music in Schools.
It covers all phases from Early Years to Post-16 with specific SEND content.
- ISM National Curriculum Guidance - Guidance on the new National Curriculums for Primary and Secondary schools plus the ISM Assessment and Progression Framework (updated for 2019)
- Providing a 'broad and balanced curriculum', music education in school: a guide for school and strategic leaders - published by ISM in Autumn 2019. A brief advocacy document for music teachers to use with their senior management
- New Music Curriculum - Secondary - The National Curriculum Expert Subject Advisory Group (ESAG) for Music has developed materials and guidance to support all primary and secondary schools in England in understanding and implementing the new National Curriculum and to provide a basis for their own curriculum planning.
- Successfully implementing the new primary music curriculum - Guidance produced by Music Mark
- A framework for progression - a framework to help teachers plan to support the musical progression of their students
Resources to help with delivering the Music Curriculum
- BBC Bring the Noise - Lesson plans and teaching tips for KS1 and EYFS
- BBC Bitesize Resources - short film clipls to explain key musical concepts and discuss topics such as composing and jazz
- BBC Ten Pieces - Primary - resources developed by the BBC to engage students with classical music
- BBC Ten Pieces - Secondary - resources developed to engage secondary students
- The Philharmonia Guide to Orchestral Instruments - detailed descriptions, with supporting videos, of the instruments which make up an orchestra.
- Musical Bridges - resources and ideas to support musical transition from primary to secondary school
- Minute of Listening - explore the 'interrelated dimensions' of Music as well as many other areas through hundreds of sound clips.
- TeamTutti - Interactive music lessons for Key Stage 2 children
- Discovering Music: The Blues - This free course will introduce you to a musical tradition with roots in the nineteenth century but which is still relevant to making music today.
Resources to help develop singing in school
- Friday Afternoons - a singing project connecting teachers and young people with contemporary composers, through free access to high quality repertoire, resources and training.
- Royal Opera House - Create and Sing programme - a creative learning programme, created with teachers, for primary schools across England. Features classroom-based and digital activities, with strong curriculum links, to give children a better understanding of singing and opera, unlocking their imagination and creativity. Includes teacher training, classroom films, lesson plans and resources to use in ways that suit the needs of the teachers and their students. Teachers do not need any previous knowledge of opera in order to take part.
- Sing Up - extensive bank of resources to develop singing in your school. Schools participating in Hub projects such as Songfest receive free Sing Up membership.
- SingMaker. Ex Cathedra have shared a few of their favourite SingMaker songs via their SingMaker platform. Each Monday this summer term a new song, presented by Ex Cathedra’s SingMaker team as an interactive film, will be released . These are aimed at up to 11 year olds and free to access. There will be brief notes associated with each song to maximise learning and enjoyment of participation.
Resources to support musical inclusion
- BBC Ten Pieces - Inclusive Films and Resources - to support students with Special Educational Needs or visually or hearing impaired students
- The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education - a short guide compiled by Drake Music which signposts to useful organisations and resources
- How to make music activities accessible for deaf children and young people - This resource provides clear guidance and information to ensure that professionals can design and deliver music activities in which deaf children and young people can fully participate.
- Good Vibrations Toolkit - Drawn from experience of facilitating inclusive music, soundLINCS has developed the Good Vibrations music toolkit for adults working with deaf and hearing impaired children and young people
- AMIE Inclusion Resources - A selection of resources to review provision, quality and plan for a more inclusion musical offer. On the Youth Music network website.
Training and Development for Teachers
We recognise that many teachers are not music specialists but are expected to deliver a subject with which they do not feel confident. The Hub is commited to supporting teachers with the planning and delivery of music in the curriculum and offer a number of training opportunities. Information about forthcoming opportunities can be found on our Training and Support Page