New Model Music Curriculum 2021
The Government announced the new model music curriculum in March 2021.
“Having the opportunity to study and explore music is not a privilege; it is a vital part of a broad and ambitious curriculum. I therefore encourage all schools to use this curriculum, working with their Music Education Hubs to provide a quality music education for their pupils, to ensure every child develops a life-long love of music and musical performance.”
Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP
Minister of State for School Standards
The 2021 Model Music Curriculum (MMC) sits at the heart of the Government’s agenda for supporting curriculum music in schools during Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. The curriculum development has been teacher led, with input from leading musicians and education sector bodies.
KS 1 & 2 – The MMC takes as its starting point the ambition that every young person should be able to experience music and to make progress. This includes singing, as well as having the opportunity to learn an instrument through whole-class ensemble and small-group teaching at Key Stage 2.
The MMC takes as its starting point the ambition that every young person should be able to experience music and to make progress. This includes singing, as well as having the opportunity to learn an instrument through whole-class ensemble and small-group teaching at Key Stage 2.
KS 3 – Music at Key Stage 3 continues the journey towards building a universal foundation of musical understanding. It is expected that pupils will arrive at Key Stage 3 having had experience of performing, composing and listening and will be able to read a simple melody as demonstrated through the Years 6–7 Transition Project (Appendix 6)
Music Technology is likely to play an increasingly important role in the delivery of the Key Stage 3 curriculum, particularly given its importance in opening routes to further study. The form that this technology will take may vary hugely from school to school, including differing hardware and software solutions now that cloud-based Digital Audio Workstations can be accessed widely.
Appendices – This glossary includes the musical terms that appear in the Model Music Curriculum.
As music is a subject rich in terminology and language (often not English) with which non-specialists may not initially be familiar, the glossary provides a single reference-point for all subject-specific words, whether instruments, musical periods, genres, terminology to denote musical components or non-English common musical terms.
How can the Music Hub support you?
It is anticipated that supporting resources and opportunities for Continuous Professional Development will be created by numerous partners, both at a local level amongst school cluster groups, Music Education Hubs and also by national partners across the music education sector. This will provide further support for teachers in the delivery of the curriculum.