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!