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New Model Music Curriculum Announced

Just before Easter the Government released its new Model Music Curriculum outlining what all KS1,2 and 3 children should receive as part of their statutory Music Education. In the introductory comments Nick Gibb stated the need for schools and Music Hubs to work closely together to ensure every child has the opportunity to access music.

“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


Four crucial points have been highlighted in the beginning of the document as follows:

• At Key Stages 1 and 2, pupils should receive a minimum of one hour of teaching a week; this may take the form of short sessions spread across the week.

 • In Years 3 or 4, it is recommended that each class should start a whole-class instrumental programme lasting a minimum of one term. The mandatory term will be supported by teachers from the local Music Education Hub. Opportunities for development should continue beyond the mandatory term.

 • There should be access to both rhythmic and melodic instruments in Key Stages 1 and 2; this may be as part of the whole-class instrumental programme and/or in other classroom teaching.

 • Music should have a minimum of one weekly period the whole way through Key Stage 3. Carousels are not a substitute that fits with the values of comprehensive education.


Whilst none of these points should be a surprise to anyone, they do pose a challenge particularly to small, rural primary schools where access to music can be difficult or no school based staff have the confidence of subject knowledge to deliver such a detailed curriculum. This is where the Music Hub can support schools.

Whole class instrumental programmes not only fulfil bullet point two but the very nature of the delivery means a substantial part of the model curriculum is covered. Performing, listening, singing, notation and the acquisition of instrumental skills are clearly part of the whole class instrumental programmes that the Music Hub can provide. The programmes are subsidised so that each school effectively gets a whole term free and therefore the mandatory term is covered.

North Yorkshire Music Hub also provides an extensive range of other resources and workshops for schools. Currently linked to the whole class programme is the free “Five A Day” singing resource for Early Years and Key Stage 1. Those schools receiving whole class packages next academic year will be able to access this excellent resource too.

The Hub also buys Active Music, a free singing and musical activity resource available for all primary schools. For more information on this, please contact



We are now running both face to face and online tuition and will be moving back to face to face fully as schools allow. For further details please contact


Music Centres

We are very pleased to announce that Music Centres will be resuming after Easter. Due to the current DfE guidance the return will be phased in and there may still be restrictions on group sizes until lockdown lifts. Safety protocols will be explained to all returning pupils before they start attending.


County Ensembles

We are currently planning for and hoping to deliver a county concert orchestra weekend residential in July. The experience will include light orchestral/jazz repertoire and is open to all players of Grade 5 and above. It will be held at Harrogate Ladies College from Friday July 16th to Sunday July 18th. Fpr full details and tom apply, please contact Jane at

VE Day Concert 30th March- Harrogate Convention Centre.

Unfortunately tis event has been cancelled due to COVID19. We are hopimg to run the concert in 2021 and will post more news here as soon as we know.










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