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Bring the magic of music to the classroom
ABRSM Classical 100 is a free resource for primary schools in the UK that’ll ignite enthusiasm for classical music in your classroom.
Classical 100 features 100 pieces of classical music in a dynamic list, ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Handel to Haydn. You can sort the music by mood, instrument, tempo and historical period, or in any other way that suits you.
Make your lessons more engaging
Each of the 100 pieces features its own musical challenge.
Challenge your students to complete the activities. Listen, learn and explore all 100 pieces. The challenges are fun and flexible enough to use in a number of ways – from short starter activities to longer pieces of work spanning several hours.
Accessible to all
You don’t have to be a specialist music teacher to use it.
Each challenge includes a helpful guide and all the resources you may need to tackle it with your class. Even if you’re not too confident with music, you can still bring the magic of music to your classroom.
How did Classical 100 come about?
Classical 100 was developed by industry experts with a wealth of primary teaching knowledge and professional experience compiling syllabuses and other education materials, and has been rigorously tested by a broad community of teachers, music services and music education experts.
Michael Elliott, Chief Executive at ABRSM, said:
‘Classical 100 is about igniting enthusiasm for, and keeping children engaged in, music. This is really important for all of us and is part of ABRSM’s commitment to support and inspire achievement in music.’
How does the resource support the curriculum?
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Classical 100 can be used to meet the National Curriculum’s Key Stage 1 Attainment Target: ‘to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music’.
At Key Stage 2, it can also be used to ‘appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians’ and ‘develop an understanding of the history of music’.
The sorting tool allows you to search by historical period, giving pupils a greater understanding of how music has evolved over time. Music can also be found by instrument, helping them to recognise and identify particular qualities of tone and timbre.
Each of the 100 pieces now features its own musical challenge, encouraging students to compose and create their own music, develop their performing skills and demonstrate musical knowledge and understanding.
Classical 100 can be used to meet some of the First-level outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence, being an appropriate resource particularly for EXA 1-19a: ‘I have listened to a range of music and can respond by discussing my thoughts and feelings’.
For example, if a teacher wants to exemplify music of a gentle, calm mood, Classical 100 will lead them to a list including Grieg’s ‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt Suite, or if they’re exploring energetic, dramatic music they could discover ‘O Fortuna’ from Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Classical 100 can also be used to meet a range of the Expressive Arts experiences and outcomes from Early to Second level, particularly for EXA 0-18a, EXA 1-18a, EXA 2-18a.
Inspired by a range of stimuli, and working on their own and/or with others, students can express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings through a range of musical activities.