The Love Music Trust Curriculum
The Love Music Trust Primary Music Curriculum has been written by Sally Mace, Sally Dinnis and Dr Jonathan Savage. It has been edited and prepared for use online by UCan.tv. It contains units of work for every year group within your primary school.
Sally Mace is a Year 5/6 teacher at Elworth C.E. Primary School in Sandbach. She is curriculum lead in Music and Literacy and a member of the Senior Management Team. She has been teaching for 26 years and has always used her musical ability (playing piano, alto saxophone and clarinet) to lead, contribute to and develop musical ensembles in and out of school and recognises the power of music in developing every child's potential.
Sally Dinnis is the Primary Curriculum Leader at Love Music Trust. She is a qualified primary teacher with over 15 years teaching experience. Her current role involves offering curriculum support to schools, delivering CPD, workshops and teaching. She has previously worked as music co-ordinator and a KS1 teacher in a large primary school.
Dr Jonathan Savage is a Reader in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and Managing Director of UCan Play. He is a trustee of the Love Music Trust. In his university work, Jonathan educates undergraduate and postgraduate students preparing for a careers as primary school teachers. As Managing Director of UCan Play, Jonathan provides advice and support to teachers in all phases regarding the use of technology in education. Jonathan is a widely published author for various publishers. He contributes regularly to the Music Teacher and writes an active blog on issues related to music education. He can also be followed on Twitter.
There are six units of work for each year group, units can be paired together to assist those teachers who may be teaching mixed-year group classes. For instance, Unit 1 in Years 1 and 2 are related; the same is true for all units in Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. The unit titles are intended to serve as a guide to help you link them to your wider curriculum when planning long-term topics.
In addition to these materials, there are a collection of Early Year resources that you can take and use in your teaching. These have not been presented in the same format as the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum.
The units have been written in a developmental way. The incorporation of statements developed from the four learning ladders within each unit will help you ensure that pupils develop their key musical knowledge, skills and understanding in a systematic way. They will also help you assess your pupils' progress in a simple way.
Each unit of work is designed so that:
- A progressive and broad range of musical activity incorporating performance, composing and listening, reviewing and evaluating is covered;
- Through an integration of musical activities, pupils will develop their musical understanding in a holistic, systematic and coherent way;
- Pupils are encouraged to work individually, in pairs or small groups and as a class;
- Lessons begin with focused rhythm/voice-based games, which follow a developmental path as the unit progresses;
- Lessons contain a range of music-based and non music-based stimuli and link to other areas of the primary school curriculum.