Resources for schools

Having a variety of resources in your toolkit for teaching music is always important, as well as refreshing the creativity of teaching and learning music.

Please let us know of any top tips for resources by emailing us on surreymusichub@surreycc.gov.uk.

Find out more about funding ideas

Digital Resources for Schools

Surrey Music Hub is able to offer a variety of digital curriculum resources to help support your classroom practice. This includes subsidised and funded licenses for Surrey Schools.

Charanga  

Award winning scheme of work and digital resources aimed at Primary Schools. Free trial available.  

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Focus On Sound: Music First:

A digital curriculum platform aimed at secondary schools. Currently used by over 500,000 users worldwide. Surrey Music Hub is able to offer a limited number of funded licenses for Surrey Schools for 2019-20. These would be free to schools for the year. (We can also offer current users an extended license instead). To find out more and apply for a license please contact alex.bondonno@surreycc.gov.uk

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The MusicFirst Classroom is the only comprehensive learning management system (LMS) for Key Stage 3-5 music education. It combines a learning management platform with engaging content and powerful integrated software to help you monitor your students’ progress, make lesson plans, and create assignments. Each subscription to the MusicFirst Classroom includes access to an expansive library of lessons, assessments, content, and complete courses, curated by experienced music educators. Choose from popular packages:

  •  Secondary General Music
  • GCSE & A Level
  • Music Theory
  • Or customise your own.

Focus On Sound Instruments First 

Instruments First is a new junior product launched in August 2017. The program is aimed at 8 to 12 year-olds and covers the basics of music, as well as instruments and music theory. It can also be used by even younger students. It is full of questions and pop-up answers, as well as suggestions for activities. Students can use it on their own or teachers can use the special class display mode to show it to whole classes. It can even be used by non-specialist teachers – answers to all the questions are always available immediately.

Surrey Music Hub is able to offer a limited number of funded licenses for Surrey Schools for 2019-20. These would be free to schools for the year). To find out more and apply for a license please contact alex.bondonno@surreycc.gov.uk

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Musical Futures Just Play

Musical Futures is a tried-and-tested yet innovative approach to music learning, based on a pedagogy that is driven by the musical culture of the participants. It brings real-world music learning processes into schools and other formal settings, engaging and inspiring all and promoting inclusion and diversity. Musical Futures Just Play offers a range of digital resources for use in a practical music making classroom setting. Surrey Music Hub is currently offering fully funded licenses (limited number) for surrey schools. These are available for both secondary and primary settings, with resources adapted for either age group. ). To find out more and apply for a license please contact alex.bondonno@surreycc.gov.uk

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Some more we recommend

For great ideas, visit

In addition to those ideas, there are a number of schemes of work available including:

For a great interactive insight into music of all kinds visit Sound Junction

For fantastic opportunities with World Music visit partner Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation Musiko Musika

For support with transition activities amongst many others, Musical Bridges is a great resource

For young people to showcase their music; collaborate, compete and develop their talent visit NuMu

For access to over 6000 music/vocal sets visit the Surrey Performing Arts Library.

Beat Goes On: Whole school taster days & 10 week projects delivered by former STOMP cast member and qualified teacher Ollie Tunmer

ABRSM 100 pieces (Free classical music resources)

BBC 10 pieces (Free videos, lesson plans, arrangements etc)

Assessment resources for SEND and early years and more!

A short video from the mighty Marylebone School, which has always had a formidable reputation for its music and arts provision, explaining precisely why it is the arts are so crucial to them, to all young people, and why they keep creativity at the heart of their school at all times:

A lovely article about the dramatic increase in SATS results (20%) for schools that recently worked with Opera North on their projects. Both schools dedicated up to 3hrs per week to music curriculum time. The Power of Music indeed!