Resource: Music Express, Supporting the New Music Curriculum

Teachers are facing huge challenges this term in preparation for the new curriculum and need the support of up-to-date resources. A&C Black has embraced the changes across many subjects, including Music, and understands the imminent challenges facing both schools and music hubs.

MusicExpresslogoIt has been over ten years since the first publication of Music Express, and these award-winning books have been widely used in primary schools and music services ever since. Music Express Online follows the release of new print editions and is a subscription service, giving teachers online access to everything they need to teach music from Early Years to age 11.

All schools teach music as part of the National Curriculum, and it is often delivered by class teachers with limited musical experience. Music Express, and Music Express Online, is written specifically to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, and in a way to equip all teachers with confidence, whatever their musical background. The key benefit for non-specialists is that no music reading is required to use the resources.

The site provides teachers with over 300 lessons and over 400 songs, carefully organised into a year of teaching organised by term. Delivery of lessons is based around the following three tools:

  • A video player, with the ability to synchronise instructions and lyrics alongside the video
  • Interactive visual displays which can play music and also ‘drag and drop’ images across the screen
  • Song player with synchronised lyric display

Music Express4Designed to provide teachers with clear progression in music as well as cross-curricular topic work, Music Express Online has been specially devised to support both non-specialist and specialist teachers. It can be used as a complete scheme or as a dip in resource to tailor make music provision. Lessons are searchable by subject or theme and divided by age group and term and songs are searchable alphabetically or by age, theme, style or format. There are also resources for whole class instrumental teaching, warm-ups for different age groups and materials to develop basic musical skills. Lesson plans, schemes of work and more are available for all music curricula of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The authors of the new Music Express are well known and highly respected primary music education specialists. They are Helen MacGregor (Primary Music Consultant), Maureen Hanke (Head of Norfolk Music Service), Sue Nicholls (Music Education Consultant), Ian Lawrence (Primary Music Teacher), Stephen Chadwick (Composer) and Matthew Holmes (Children’s Music Educator, Musician and Writer)

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