New research has shown that introducing Charanga’s digital primary music scheme, into schools can have a major impact on fundamental aspects of teaching and learning. This scheme forms part of the award-winning online Musical School programme currently used in over 5,500 primary school across the UK.

The research is entitled “Does the introduction of the ‘Charanga’ scheme of work increase teacher knowledge and confidence of teaching music within the primary school classroom?” was carried out by Rachel Binder for her recent Master’s dissertation at Edge Hill University.

It focusses on a study at a Primary School in Bolton which measured the confidence and musical knowledge of 16 class teachers before and after the introduction of the Musical School Scheme over a two term period.

Marked Improvements in Teacher Confidence

The findings show marked improvement both in teacher confidence and musical knowledge which in turn had significant effects on teacher’s enjoyment of the subject, the frequency of teaching music lessons and ultimately the engagement of pupils themselves:-

  • On average teacher confidence rose by a 196%
  • On average, teacher knowledge of aspects of music rose by 64%
  • Numbers of teachers enjoying teaching music increased  by 150%
  • Frequency of teaching music also improved significantly – numbers of teachers teaching music regularly(weekly) increased by 200%

Click here for more details on the report’s findings.

Backing up what schools are telling us

Paul Fletcher, Managing Director of Charanga commented, “Overall the results for this school have been highly significant and we would hope the music education research community can shed further quantitative light on what we here at Charanga and thousands of teachers and pupils in primary schools already know – that Musical School is having a major impact on music education in the UK because it empowers class teachers, supports music specialists/coordinators, inspires pupils and crucially is affordable!”

It is worth taking a look at what other schools are saying about their experience with Musical School – click here.

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