Cumbria Music Service

How can we help?

The purpose of the Music Education Hub is to provide you with a wide range of music support - available across the whole of Cumbria. From visiting teachers to online resources to Music improvement, development and support (MIDAS) visits, you’ll find everything you need to provide the best music opportunities in your school to meet the National Curriculum requirements.


What the Government requires

The government first laid out its requirements for music education 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 with the aim to ensure that all pupils:
  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

What does this mean for you?

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   View the PRIMARY National Curriculum View the SECONDARY National Curriculum The National Curriculm for music sets out these aims for schools:

Key stage 1

Key stage 2

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Key stage 3