Curriculum for Primary Music

The revised framework for the curriculum suggests six key areas to develop in music. These are; singing, composing, improvising, playing, listening and SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural)

The purpose of this page is to inform teachers, how Kids That Rock can meet the needs of this framework.

Depending on the duration of the workshop session, it is possible for these key areas to be included during the day. Please contact Matt to discuss your requirements.

  1. Singing

To complement learning guitar, the class can also be introduced to singing and playing. By singing along to appropriate pop music, the workshop aims to fully engage the class. It can seem tricky at first, but one step at a time, we can break it down and work towards performing. 

  1. Composing

There are no rules for writing music and it’s often hard to manufacture inspiration, but anyone can compose music! Together we can learn how to get creative with music, building a song or a tune from the ground up. During this process, the class will learn about; chord progressions, melody, the hook and writing lyrics. Starting off with a brainstorming session (Whats the song about? Is it happy or sad? Fast or Slow?). When all the elements are ready the song can be recorded using a looping station.
This equipment enables us to record sounds and build layers of music.
The focus will be to keep it simple, work as a team and make something completely original!

  1. Improvising

Improvising, commonly known as “Jamming” amongst musicians.
To create and perform spontaneously or without preparation. The class will experiment with a simple six note wind instrument at first. This is a serious amount of fun! Pupils will learn how individual notes work over a chord progression or harmony. Following this, they will learn how to play simple scales on guitar and how to apply them creatively to music.

  1. Playing

Playing – The workshop focuses largely on the practicalities of playing an instrument. Nearly every student finds that they can produce an acceptable sound on a guitar relatively quickly. The Kids That Rock goal is to leave pupils with a sense of achievement, based on what they have learnt during the session, and the inspiration to carry on learning.

  1. Listening

Music samples will be played frequently to pupils, depending on the topic and type of workshop provided. In some cases, listening back to music the class has created themselves. When applicable pupils can be given the opportunity to express their feelings about a particular piece or performance. 

  1. S.M.S.C. (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural,)

Spiritual: Music is known to stir our emotions, making us feel; happy, sad, energised, relaxed, reflective and even love. When we are creative with music and songs, we are able to express our feelings verbally.

Moral: The opportunity to learn and debate what is right and wrong

Social: The workshop is fundamentally a group effort, where playing together as a band is key. This can enable the class to feel a sense of unity.

Cultural: Learn about and participate in music from around the world, such as Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East.
Learn how The Blues (originating from the USA in the 1870’s from African-Americans) spawned many genres of music, such as Swing, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Rock and Roll, Rock, Heavy Metal and even Pop music.

Further reading…

The National Curriculum for Music 2019 click here for PDF

For an extensive collection of  resources for teaching music in primary schools click here