Key Stage 2 Classroom Music:
SoundStart and Sound Progress
Whole Class Programmes (some schools have all, some have some, some have none)
SoundStart (Year 3) – ukulele and recorder / whistle, summer term class band perform with strings, woodwind, brass and pop band to inform choice for next stage
Strings (Year 2, 3 or 4) – introduction to violin and cello
Winds (Year 4 or 5) – introduction to trumpet, trombone and chalumeau (clarinet / sax)
Sound Progress (Years 4, 5 and 6) – continuing tuition on ukulele, recorder / whistle, guitar, keyboard and drums
Building on the development of singing and percussion at Key Stage 1, at Key Stage 2 we can add in playing a range of harmony and melody instruments (ukulele, guitar, keyboard, whistle and recorder). A key feature is introducing choice for children’s music making. They can choose an instrument to specialise in and, as their interests develop, the music making which they enjoy most.
SoundStart is the first year of Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET). Sound Progress includes a continuing strand of WCET and adds additional activities to create a full music curriculum for the rest of Key Stage 2. SoundStart and Sound Progress can be taught by CMA or school members of staff. Full training and access to all the CMA support materials and pupil online learning resources is available to schools.
Where a CMA member of staff is leading a whole class programme we work in the classroom with a school member of staff. This works well with a Teaching Assistant who has an interest in music. The TA can learn alongside the pupils and take additional rehearsals. If the school is using CMA for PPA cover we can provide a plan for the TA to take a class rehearsal when the CMA member of staff is not present.
SoundStart: recommended for Year 3
Sound Progress: recommended for Year 4 upwards
Cost per term: £493.00 for 10 one hour sessions per term, other session lengths pro rata
Staffing: One school or CMA teacher
The importance of choice is borne out by our surveys at the end of the SoundSart year. These consistently show that 85% of children wish to continue learning an instrument but half of them would like to change. This is after a year of learning the same instrument. With SoundStart and Sound Progress all children can continue instrumental learning with a process to be able to find one to specialise in.
Progression is achieved in cycles which can be related to units in tLearn new (and revise previously learnt) chords, notes, rhythms and technical development needed for progression cycle
The associated teacher resources are:
The expected level for pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 working just in the classroom will be Croydon Music Star 3. For pupils who wish to work beyond the classroom the CMA and Charanga online materials, which are presented filtered specific to each instrument’s progression, extends up to and including Croydon Music Star 5.
Classroom differentiation is achieved through those with additional skills having the opportunity to perform solos, fills at the ends of phrases (for percussion), additional strumming patterns (ukulele and guitar) and more complex melodic lines, as well as being challenged in improvisation or composition tasks.
The extension to traditional curriculum music available through Sound Progress leads to more advanced musical skills and a greater range of musical outputs. This enhances music’s contribution to other school subjects and initiatives, for example: