For Primary Teachers
The modern, exciting digital resource to help teach the new Primary Music curriculum.
A complete new music scheme for the new curriculum
Winner of Best Digital Resource 2015
Musical School is used in almost 7000 Primary Schools.
Look inside Musical School
Charanga Musical School is the most significant new Primary music resource for a decade.
It’s a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World.
A Musical School licence includes individual access for as many teachers in your school as you would like PLUS access for ALL children to Music World online learning. Everything you see below (and more) is included.
If you run whole class instrumental programmes across a year group, so much the better. Children's achievement will benefit from good quality instrumental ensemble work at any stage of their progression.
A new Music Scheme for the new Music Curriculum
The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson.
The Scheme supports all the requirements of the new National Curriculum and is absolutely in line with published Ofsted guidance.
The learning within this scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities - creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing.
Musical School ‘Freestyle’
Musical School Freestyle includes a library of stunning resources categorised by musical style or topic, along with simple lesson building and class building tools so you can assemble your own unique Music Scheme.
Many people also like to use the Units, Topics, Courses and all the singing materials in Musical School Freestyle to augment their existing Music Schemes.
Musical School contains a substantial Song Centre with nursery rhymes, chants and action songs for younger children, and classical repertoire and well known favourites by Abba, Bon Jovi and Adele for older children.
The Songs are complemented by two Musitrax singing courses written for Early Years to KS1 with progressive interactive resources, extensive teacher guides plus some very useful vocal warm-up activities.
All the songs are easy to use on a whiteboard with automated page turns and lyric highlighting and they also have with and without vocal versions. You can use them online or download as many as you like.
Music World for children
Music World is a safe online space with avatars, musical games, quizzes and beginner instrumental courses that you can provide for all children in your school. It’s easy to set up whole classes with usernames and passwords (in a similar way to My Maths and Mathletics) and you can make anything you’re working on in class available for children to work on at home through the Music World moon!
If children are learning instruments, you’ll find they practise more and build up strong performance skills – it’s very popular with parents as well.
The topics are a library of songs and activities based on popular primary themes ideal for short musical moments and for cross-curricular learning. These can be combined with the Units of Work and other resources in Musical School - Freestyle to create your own music scheme.
Modern schemes for recorder, ukulele and singing with progressive week-by-week lessons, whiteboard resources, print-outs and planning support, are complemented by online learning activities for children to use between lessons in school or at home.
CPD and Training for Musical School
Twilight training — for groups of schools
Twilight training events are held regularly at local schools and music centres across the area. All schools are invited to send their key staff along and in many cases those attending will be conﬁdent to feedback and support their own school colleagues.
These face-to-face training events are further supported with opportunities for self-directed online learning through a wide range of help and support guides, a named CPD contact person and a helpdesk for technical issues. Additionally, teachers are encouraged to share their successes, ideas and suggestions through the resource-based Teachers’ Sharing Space and community.
Price for 1½ hour twilight session FREE
In-school training — just for your school
Discover the comprehensive Musical School Scheme of Work developed to meet the National Curriculum and the teaching approach favoured by Ofsted. See how the Units of Work, Topics and Instrumental Courses can support themed learning and how to build your own lessons from the library of resources and share them with your colleagues and pupils.
Price for 1½ hour meeting £245.
To arrange your training session contact our Training Co-ordinator, Jo Burley, on 01273 823900 or email@example.com.
Testimonials: What People are Saying About Musical School
Case Study: Read St John's Primary School
Read St John’s Primary School is a rural village primary school in Lancashire with approximately 200 children. The school took up the Musical School programme in 2012 and have since experienced an extremely positive reaction from teachers and children alike.
Before Musical School
Despite having a dedicated Music Coordinator and utilising various published music products such as Music Express, the school was struggling to find flexible, creative and innovative resources with which to fully engage the children. The school found that with its diverse pupil population, some of which were learning instruments through the music service, the school required a resource package that offered differentiated activities that could include all children. In all, the schools’ musical life lacked cohesion and focus and the school found itself craving a modern music curriculum that non-music specialists could also use confidently.
How Charanga Helped
The school received a whole staff CPD training session with Musical School as well as model lessons in order to upskill and empower the KS1 and KS2 Class Teachers. In addition, time was spent with the school’s Music Coordinator to decide how the package would work best for them and be tailored to their specific needs in order to create and embed a complete Musical School offering.
After Musical School
Once the programme was implemented there was a noticeable improvement in the school’s music department. Musically, everything in the school is now linked together, from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) and small group instrumental lessons were an integral part of the school’s music department turnaround and the children that learn an instrument can now perform as part of their class music lessons.
The teachers at Read St John’s are now using Charanga’s Units of Work as part of their curriculum delivery. One Class Teacher commented that, “The kids love it! They are so engaged, like never before. The songs are relevant and the school is buzzing! It’s inspiring, innovative and simple to use for non musicians”.
The Head Teacher at Read St John’s also explained the difference that the programme has made at their school - “Musical school has had a fantastic effect; teachers can track children’s progression clearly and the supporting planning and assessment is easy to use. It has met all of our needs – it’s fantastic to see the children and staff engaging with and enjoying music so much!”