The The Primary Music ToolkitPrimary Music Toolkit has been developed by the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) Trust. It was commissioned by the Schools Music Association (SMA) to help develop, inspire and expand music in the primary curriculum.

Our primary focus is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations.

We are dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector including music educators, performers, and composers and delivers our work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs.” (ISM Trust Mission Statement)

The Primary Music Toolkit is divided into three sections:

  • The Introduction which looks at what is the value of music in the primary curriculum, developing inclusive musical community and how to use the toolkit.
  • The second section is about singing and vocal work, it links to some videos to help developing singing through warm up vocal exercises which look like good fun! There is a lot of teacher support in this section.
  • The third section is about using musical instruments in the classroom which is full of ideas for getting started with instruments.

This is a very useful resource for a non-specialist teacher who is teaching music.

The possibilities for using instruments are endless – from creating soundscapes to bringing stories to life, adding rhythmic/melodic accompaniments to copying rhythms or melodies, learning musical passages aurally or from written notations, to focussing on developing a particular skill, technique or sound through learning together. Children love performing together, and there are many ways you can develop even very simple ideas to help them to develop their instrument-specific skills, the ability to listen to themselves and others and to grow as musicians.”(ISM)

The Primary Music Toolkit