Julie is an experienced Primary school teacher but she had always found it daunting to deliver the music element of the National Curriculum in Key Stages 1 and 2. Since the implementation of the National Music Plan for Music, Julie has found that the personal support and resources available to her have increased dramatically.
The most significant development was that all her class had the opportunity to learn an instrument for the whole year with two specialist music teachers arranged through the local Hub. Julie’s Head teacher encouraged her to get involved with the teachers and time was set aside for her to meet and plan how they would work together. Julie was able to tell the teachers useful things about the children in her class – for example, those who lacked confidence but enjoyed working in a group. Once the sessions began, Julie was amazed to see how quickly the children learned.
‘The specialist music teachers told me about a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme run by Music for Youth, the MU and the National Union of Teachers (NUT). The programme showed me so many ways to work with my class in a fun and easy way. There are some great online resources and my confidence has grown so much.
‘I was amazed at how the music teaching helped the children in other areas of their learning. I am now the Music Co-ordinator in our school and the whole school is now getting involved in music making.’