The award-winning, modern-day resource for primary music
Foreword from Madeleine Casson
Charanga Musical School
The award-winning, modern-day resource for primary music — customisable, easy-to-use and great value
Musical School and the national curriculum for music.
Over 96% of teachers say it’s had a positive impact on the quality of their teaching and pupil attainment.
Suitable for specialists and non-specialists.
Reinforces continuous, genuine music-making as desired by Ofsted and other regulatory bodies.
Used by 62.5% of English primary schools and recommended by over 100 music hubs.
The latest technology, solid pedagogy, great music and brilliant resources
Just a short walk from Brighton Palace Pier, you’ll find Charanga’s team of talented, passionate and creative musicians, technologists, music teachers and web developers hard at work.
We want teaching and learning music in schools to be fun, relevant and inspiring; central to each child’s academic, social and emotional development.
We want classrooms to be buzzing with young people who love music and teachers who love teaching it.
And we know that by working in partnership with teachers and combining the latest technology, solid pedagogy, great music and brilliant resources, we can really help to make this happen for lots of schools.
Your Charanga contact
Every teacher has a named Charanga contact – their Regional CPD & Training Manager. Our friendly, experienced team can offer you support and guidance on all aspects of teaching and learning. To meet them and to find out who your own contact is, visit the CPD & Training Centre at the top of the screen once you’ve logged in.
CPD & Training Centre
To complement the superb resources Musical School provides, you’ll find a dedicated CPD & Training Centre, complete with videos, articles and more, on the platform.
Free CPD & Training events
We organise over 600 free events every year – most commonly as twilight sessions to make them as accessible as possible.
In-school training — just for your school
For more information about any of the training we offer, please contact our Education Director, Madeleine Casson at email@example.com
National and international conferences
In partnership with music education hubs and national and worldwide organisations we attend a number of conferences.
The interactive nature of our materials provides a great deal of in-built modelling and support.
Everything you need is provided including planning, teaching and assessment documents.
A survey of nearly 1,000 specialist and non-specialist teachers using the Musical School programme
The positive evidence is overwhelming. Two independent masters’ theses show that schools using the Charanga Musical School programme have experienced a significant improvement in music teaching and musical achievement.
Our close links with schools through Charanga’s partnerships with over 100 music hubs and through the 600 plus Musical School training sessions we run each year, we get a great insight into how effectively the programme is working for teachers.
This year, almost 1,000 music teachers shared their experiences of using Musical School resources via an online survey. 96% reported improvements in the quality of their teaching and pupil attainment. It’s given staff – and non-specialists particularly – the confidence, professional knowledge and tools to deliver exciting and progressive music lessons.
Is Musical School widely used?
YES - over 10,650 schools and over 48,500 teachers in 62 countries use our award-winning platform to help them teach music – that’s over 2.5 million children enjoying Charanga-supported music lessons every week. 62.5% of all English primary schools have adopted the programme, with more working with us every month.
What about Ofsted?
While Musical School is totally in line with Ofsted guidance and it does a massive amount to support your teaching, Ofsted inspection is always about the teaching so we do like to highlight our little sign (right).
A step-by-step approach to teaching music in your school
The Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lessons for each year group in the school, from ages 5–11.
Used by over 48,500 specialist and non-specialist teachers globally, it provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression and exciting whiteboard resources for every lesson.
The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum in England and is absolutely in line with published Ofsted guidance.
Musical School Learning
The learning within this Scheme is based on:
Everything is clearly and simply explained and the planning support is extensive.
Interactive Teaching Resources
Because the on-screen resources are so visual, supportive and everything is at your fingertips, each lesson is full of music and the children enjoy every moment.
Musical School Assessment
We’ve looked at all the great thinking that has been done on assessment and created an easy-to-use framework that’s perfectly suited for both music specialists and non-musicians.
In essence, there are three aspects to the assessment:
We constantly seek to improve what we do and in response to the feedback we receive from teachers. Among other things, we regularly refresh the Musical School Scheme, adding more progressive Listening & Appraising and Musical Activities to give you more variety and to challenge students of all ages. Everything is designed to give you flexibility when you need it most and to help you plan for the academic year ahead.
New units are published throughout the year to inspire and to keep children engaged. They will include Music and Identity, the culmination of our partnership with the Brighter Sound music charity. This unit embraces many of the challenges facing young people today and focuses on the roles and achievements of women in the music industry.
Visit our website, sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media to be the first to hear about all of the latest additions to the Scheme.
A vast, growing library of music resources
While for many teachers the Scheme may be the part of Charanga Musical School they use the most, others also like the more flexible Freestyle approach provided by the Musical School resource library.
From this library you can choose from a range of music resources which you might want to mix in with your own. You can also use the library to find and save resources linked to many other areas of music-making in your school.
Take a look inside the Freestyle library
The topics mostly contain collections of songs or related resources linked to popular primary themes such as Ancient Egypt, Minibeasts and Healthy Living. As they are intended to be used flexibly to support your teaching in a range of contexts, there are no lesson plans. The topics have been divided by age range, but many can be used across the primary sector.
The stand-alone units within Freestyle can be combined or added to other materials to form a unique music plan for your school. They all offer a flexible pathway containing every resource from the unit in a single lesson, giving you complete flexibility in your teaching. Many of the units, which cover a wide range of musical genres, centre around a central song – some well-known and some specially commissioned for young voices.
Our full school musical productions can be used to celebrate key points in the school year, such as summer or winter time, or festivals like Harvest, Diwali and Christmas. Each production provides everything you need including tracks for learning the songs, backing tracks for the performance, scripts, scores and director guides. The songs can be used in schools as often as you like, but in most cases it will be necessary to take out a Public Performance Licence for public shows. Visit the production home page for full details and guidance.
Listening Centres and Courses
The Listening Centre offers a colourful collection of music covering a range of periods, styles and genres. Listen to well over 150 musical works by style, genre or era; access a guided Classical music library complete with fast facts and historical context; and a monthly Listening Calendar, linking music to specific events throughout the year. A range of courses will also enrich, enhance and extend your curriculum delivery. A new Musical Styles section categorised by style will feature Jazz, Hip Hop and African drumming courses.
The BBC-led Ten Pieces initiative for primary schools focuses on Classical music and creativity, while Nicola Benedetti’s “With Nicky” video series provides information, guidance and support for young musicians. Friday Afternoons features new works from an eclectic group of composers, from Classical and Folk to Jazz and Indian music. There’s also the chance to learn and perform Carnival Suite, a specially-commissioned orchestral piece by John K Miles.
NEW In the Freestyle library this year
With a powerful search tool in place, you can access a growing library of fantastic materials: more instrumental resources, more productions, new topics and courses.
Recent releases include Caroline Hoile’s superb musicals Nice Weather For Ducks! and The King Of All Polar Bears, and Sarah Baker’s popular Tuning The Tables, which helps children to learn their times tables.
A fantastic teaching resource that encourages everyone to sing more!
Extensive research has shown the undeniably positive impact that singing has on emotional, physical and mental well-being. This is the reason why singing features so highly in music curricula and on educational agendas – as well as simply being a great thing to do!
Charanga Sing contains a growing bank of over 500 songs presented in a way that is intuitive to use whether by vocal specialists, confident singers or those just keen to encourage more singing every day.
There are songs for all occasions, all ages and all groupings from soloists to massed choirs. The repertoire covers a wide range of styles, cultures and purposes, with each one carefully picked to be included in the song bank.
Finding the right song is easy. Use the categories such as age range or genre to highlight suitable material or the search engine to look for specific words, perhaps linking to work that you are doing in other areas of the curriculum.
A Wealth of Information
There is a wealth of information for each song, helping you to decide which one will work best. This information is clearly presented with a brief overview of the song appearing in the list view, such as age suitability, difficulty and genre, with further details listed under Song Info.
Opening the Song Info reveals teaching ideas, where else in the programme the song is found, musical guidance such as range, key and tempo, and much, much more.
Alongside the Song Info there are also quick links for listen, launch and star.
Quick Access to Your Favourite Songs
Whilst you are looking through the songs you can ‘star’ songs which will be useful for your teaching on a regular basis, or for specific projects. These will be added to your ‘My Resources’ allowing easy access whenever they are needed.
Musitrax Sing 1 & 2
A child-centred approach to music-teaching for Early Years and Key Stage 1 based on Kodály principles, using singing and singing games, with fun and learning through play at its heart.
For Younger Children
A bank of nursery rhymes, action songs, including many old favourites, and specially-written songs which are perfect for little voices.
A vocal health section all about taking care of the voice with fantastic body and vocal warm-ups, exercises and popular tongue twisters.
For Older Children
A wide range of unison and 2 or more part songs. Some are specially composed or traditional, many are new and very well-known from popular shows, musicals and pop artists – all ideal for encouraging every one of your pupils to sing.
There are lots of 2 or more part songs within the Song Collections which are ideal for older children and choirs. Many of these collections contain well-loved materials which will prove popular with everyone.
All Songs A-Z
Units of Work
Well-known Charanga Unit Songs
2-Part Well-known Songs
2-Part Film & Theatre Songs
Songs from Friday Afternoons
3-5 Part Songs of Today – Sing Out
Resources for popular classroom instruments
Playing instruments is an important part of music-making. This section is full of resources for popular classroom instruments, such as recorders and guitars. All are designed to extend learning and can be used as part of the music curriculum or as enrichment activities. Many have been developed in collaboration with leading authors and publishers.
The lovely Heather Ward’s Blown Away Recorder Books 1 and 2 use our latest technology and are suitable for children throughout the primary phase.
Two recorder books, Guinea Pig Gig and Fairground Fiesta, also accompany Heather Ward’s popular Blown Away series.
Also for recorders is the ever-popular Jane Sebba’s Recorder Course with its extra repertoire, perfect for the younger beginner.
Kay Tucker’s progressive Stringbabies series caters for beginner cello and violin players, helping them to compose their own melodies; develop their singing, rhythmic and aural skills; and sight-read.
Fiddle Time is the UK’s most popular violin teaching method. Fiddle Time authors Kathy and David Blackwell have selected 30 pieces that are suited to whole-class violin teaching and its need for flexible learning progression.
The Beginner Guitarist has brilliant video tutorials and an added feature allowing you to slow the video without changing the pitch. This course is ideal for small groups and after-school clubs.
The Ukulele Course is aimed at older primary-aged children and contains interactive resources and detailed lesson plans. Teachers who are not familiar with the ukulele may wish to follow the course themselves first.
The Djembe Course is ideal for older pupils, but it can be adapted for younger children. Pupils are encouraged to play accurately and to enjoy being creative. There are simple plans for 12 lessons.
The two Glockenspiel Stages introduce the language of music in a practical way. The children have the opportunity to explore and develop their playing skills. You can decide whether to follow the six steps in each stage or to use the Flexible Pathway and work at your own pace.
Supporting inclusive practice
The SEND section in Musical School is dedicated to supporting teachers working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. However, whilst the SEND section is a discrete area, many teachers use it alongside the main Musical School platform, allowing them to find the most appropriate resources for each learner.
The SEND section has three areas:
SEND Scheme – Anyone Can Play
Our SEND Scheme of ready-made lessons is called ‘Anyone Can Play’ and was devised by the Music Unlimited team, leveraging its 30 years of experience in special school settings.
This Scheme is suitable for youngsters at any point on the learning difficulty spectrum and is ideal for use by the non-specialist teacher. Although there are whiteboard resources, the Scheme works equally well without them.
The SEND Freestyle library section brings together bespoke versions of the most popular Charanga resources from the Musical School platform. These lighter versions can provide a seamless pathway into the main Freestyle section if appropriate.
The award-winning SEND CREATE uses iPads to inspire and nurture school-aged composers, improvisers and performers. Like the SEND Scheme, SEND CREATE has been devised by specialists in this field – in this case, Transformance Music.
CREATE offers four unique projects which are suitable for all learners:
A safe online learning space for students
Within Musical School, Yumu is a safe online space especially for students to use.
It comes complete with ready-made packages such as Music World with its avatars, musical games, quizzes and beginner instrumental courses for all the students in your school.
Additionally, you can give your students access to any materials you are using in school. This might be preparation for a new topic, further learning of a recorder or ukulele piece, or even the chance to learn the songs for a production.
It’s very quick and easy to set up whole classes with usernames and passwords (in a similar way to MyMaths and Mathletics).
As well as the thousands of musical resources available on the platform, you can also easily upload your own
My Workspace is personal to you and allows you to access resources, create and edit lessons and share them with your pupils. For this reason each teacher is able to have their own login.
My Pupil Groups
It’s very quick and easy to set up whole classes with usernames and passwords for Yumu to enable pupils to access ready-made packages and any lessons you have shared. You can also track pupils’ usage and progress.
My Resources is a personal library of resources to use in your teaching, so whenever you see a resource you like you can add it by ‘starring’ the resource. As well as the thousands of musical resources available in this platform, you can also easily upload your own to this area.
Each lesson is a collection, or playlist, of resources. There are two ways to build a lesson:
This allows you to create your own lessons which can be used in your teaching or shared with your pupils through Yumu. Lessons can also be downloaded for use offline.
Just a short walk from Brighton Palace Pier, you’ll find Charanga’s team of talented, passionate and creative musicians, technologists, music teachers and developers hard at work.
We want teaching and learning music in schools to be fun, relevant and inspiring; central to each child’s academic, social and emotional development.
What does Charanga mean? It’s a small musical band often linked to Cuban music. We thought it was a great name for a music education company. We’re all a bit partial to the Latin music vibe too!
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To find out more about Musical School and what other music support is available in your area please contact us.
Charanga, 5th Floor, Olivier House,
18 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL
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