Cumbria Music Service first launched online resources in 2002 as Tuned-in – which quickly won a reputation for imaginative and eclectic ideas approaches to music making in and beyond the classroom. These have now been updated as a free set of online units for teachers and children, designed to stimulate the development of creative ideas – an area of concern for Ofsted (Wider Still and Wider: 2008-2011).
Units contain video, images, audio and ideas for class discussion. Strategies for framing tasks, and encouraging children to shape and structure their own creative responses are suggested in the teacher resources which can be downloaded as pdfs.
Cumbria Music Service has teamed up with the UKs leading online music resource, Charanga, to provide exciting curriculum-linked digital resources for primary and secondary teachers.
Your school can sign up for a 30-day free trial, and benefit from a subsidised rate when you register.
Developed in line with the 2014 National Curriculum, and the holistic teaching approach favoured by Ofsted, Musical School can be used as a week by week Scheme or more flexibly through the Freestyle mode. Musical School also includes Music World; a safe online environment created to encourage children who are learning to play instruments and can also be used for sharing homework with pupils. There is support for teachers such as how to handle instruments, how to rehearse to ensure accuracy and control, as well as how to assess performance.
Going from strength to strength since 2007, Sing Up Membership offers the complete singing solution for your school, with countless songs and resources to place singing at the heart of school life.
Membership gives access to the extensive online resource bank – over 600 songs from pop to curriculum-focused hits, specially arranged for children’s voices. There are hundreds of comprehensive lesson and assembly plans guiding you through the Song Bank, making planning easy and learning fun.
BBC Ten Pieces
Ten Pieces III is using a brand new set of classical pieces to engage children aged 7-14 and inspire them to make their own creative responses to the music.
Free teaching resources are now available for all 10 pieces from the Ten Pieces III repertoire to help students explore and get creative with the music over the 2017/18 academic year, including:
- Exciting animated short films presented by Naomi Wilkinson and Lemn Sissay
- Orchestral and choral performance films
- Classroom lesson plans for primary and secondary teachers
- Downloadable and simplified instrumental and vocal arrangements
- MP3 recordings to listen to and download
Musical Futures is a movement to reshape music education driven by teachers for teachers.
Musical Futures has a rich collection of guides and resources that you can download for free.
visit Musical Futures
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids
The DSO provides a fun guide to instruments, orchestras and composers.
visit DSO Kids
Miss Ward Music
A fantastic independant source for KS3 with helpful summaries on genres, assessment and areas of study.
visit Miss Ward Music
Starting a school band
Tips and resources for starting a school band
visit Music by Arrangement