Model Music Curriculum
What is the model music curriculum?
- First announced in 2019
- Non-statutory guidance for the national curriculum in England
- Intend for both specialist and non-specialist music teachers
- Gives a model of how the statutory music curriculum could be delivered
- Gives a progression of how musical skills and understanding can be developed throughout Key Stage 1 to 3
- It is intended to support music teaching and can be used alongside other quality resources
- At Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils should receive a minimum of one hour of teaching a week; this may take the form of short sessions spread across the week.
- In Years 3 or 4, it is recommended that each class should start a whole-class instrumental programme lasting a minimum of one term. The mandatory term will be supported by teachers from the local Music Education Hub. Opportunities for development should continue beyond the mandatory term.
- There should be access to both rhythmic and melodic instruments in Key Stages 1 and 2; this may be as part of the whole-class instrumental programme and/or in other classroom teaching.
- Music should have a minimum of one weekly period the whole way through Key Stage 3. Carousels are not a substitute that fits with the values of comprehensive education.
Read National Curriculum for Music (2013) here
Read The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education (2011) here
Read Model Music Curriculum: Key Stages 1 to 3 Non-statutory guidance for the national curriculum in England here.
See Sutton Music Service’s Model Music Curriculum Overview here.
Read the ABRSM’s Headteachers Guide to Music Education here.