In April we surveyed users of our award-winning primary music resource to understand its impact and to develop it further. Close to 1,000 teachers completed our online questionnaire and feedback from both music specialists and non-specialists was overwhelmingly positive. 

48% of English primary schools now use Musical School to enrich their music teaching and learning. Our 2019 survey demonstrates that it is giving teachers – and non-musicians particularly – the confidence, professional knowledge and tools to deliver exciting music lessons; all of which is leading to improved student outcomes.

Key findings:

  • 93% reported an improvement in their performance (the quality of their music teaching & subject knowledge) and well-being (reduced workload, increased confidence & enjoyment)
  • 97% reported positive student outcomes (increased attainment, engagement & musical activity).

Amongst other elements, respondents praised Musical School’s quality-assured curriculum scheme; its growing library of songs, topics and instrument courses; and its support for SEND. 57% of those surveyed had also enrolled on to Charanga’s CPD and teacher training programme to support their music teaching. 

In a wider context, the survey shows that there is much to celebrate in the field of classroom music teaching, learning and playing in UK primary schools. There is clear evidence that children are passionate about music and that music in schools is valued. A full breakdown of results will be published here soon.

“While music may be being undermined by a focus on core curriculum subjects and a lack of funding, teachers are turning to Charanga to fulfill their obligations as music teachers,” said Mark Burke, Founder and Director of Charanga. “We will continue to work with them, music services and hubs to provide an affordable, easily accessible, modern-day curriculum resource; one offering a rich mix of repertoire, award-winning content and experiences that engage young people and meet teachers’ expectations.”

Musical School was also named ‘Best Curriculum Scheme’ at this year’s Primary Music Magazine Awards in March.