The New Music National Curriculum 2014 – where do we stand?

It seems that the old Music National Curriculum doesn’t have to be followed throughout 2013 in preparation for the new Music National Curriculum in Sept 2014.  Wow! So music teachers have a lot of freedom this year… I know some teachers like the security of clear guidelines to follow and some like to be more spontaneous.  I wonder what the new National Curriculum will be like…

Active Music follows a child-developmental approach that focuses on the development of musical skills in small, logical steps.  This provides clear guidelines within itself and this is the basis on which Active Music is written. From this music/child developmental approach I have made links with the Music National Curriculum.

When the new Music National Curriculum comes out in 2014 I will align the Active Music skills with it, so you can be sure you are always working within the targets that should be covered.

This is what the Department for Education is currently saying…

The current national curriculum programmes of study for music at key stages 1 and 2 have been disapplied with effect from 1 September 2013 and are no longer statutory. This means that schools are free to develop their own curriculums for music that best meet the needs of their pupils, in preparation for the introduction of the new national curriculum from September 2014.

Music remains a compulsory national curriculum subject at key stages 1 to 3. New statutory programmes of study will be introduced from September 2014.

Well, let’s watch this space and see what happens!


2 thoughts on “The New Music National Curriculum 2014 – where do we stand?

  1. If a school has bought, or buys the full package now will we get an upgrade when the new curriculum comes out- or do we have to buy the package again to get the new plans with the correct NC 2014 links?

    • Hi Sarah, thanks for your message,
      Active Music may well not change when the new Music National Curriculum comes out because it is based on all the practical music-making elements of the National Curriculum, such as chants, songs, pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, compositions, improvisations etc. These aspects of the National Curriculum are all still there in the 2014 edition. There may be additions such as extra lessons containing stave notation as this will be a new requirement at Key Stage 2, but these will be available as extras. So Active Music is already in alignment with the 2014 Music Curriculum. I hope this helps, Sally…

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