Cumbria Music Service

Supporting Schools

The Music Education Hub is a partnership of organisations, led by Cumbria Music Service (CMS), which supports schools to ensure that all children and young people in Cumbria have access to high quality music education and experiences.

How can we help?

CMS Services for Schools
MIDAS Visits
Special Projects
Why Music Matters
CMS Services for Schools
MIDAS Visits
Special Projects
Why Music Matters
Thank you as always for your support. Music is an essential part of our curriculum and without your services, our children could not achieve the standards they do.
- Headteacher St Cuthberts, Windermere

Cumbria Music Service is the main organisation delivering music teaching in schools throughout Cumbria. We are part of Cumbria County Council, and have a team of specialist music teachers providing schools and pupils with a wide range of musical experiences. See what we offer and book music tuition for your school:

CMS Services for Schools

What the Government Requires

National Plan for Music Education

  • The government first laid out its requirements for music education in 2011 in the National Plan for Music Education
  • “Children from all backgrounds and every part of England should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence.” 
  • In 2014 music was included in the new National Curriculum.
  • new National Plan for Music Education will be published next year, informed by the 2020 Music Education Consultation , which found that studying music can have a positive impact on young people’s wellbeing, confidence and communication skills.
Teaching Music in Schools: Model Music Curriculum

National Curriculum: music programmes of study

These are the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for music at Key Stages 1 to 3. They are issued by law; you must follow them unless there’s a good reason not to.

Music Programmes of Study Resources


Music Mark: Get Playing

Whether it’s singing, creating, playing an instrument, or enjoying listening to music, evidence shows that engaging with music from a young age has many benefits. Plus, it’s great fun!

Get Playing is a national campaign by Music Mark which celebrates some of the amazing benefits of musical learning, whilst signposting young learners to their local music hub/service. Download the poster here for your school:


This campaign has been created to support school and instrumental music teachers and signpost them to practical resources so that children and teachers #CanDoMusic in school.

Explore helpful resources so you #CanDoMusic in school.