Cumbria Music Service and Cumbria Music Hub

Winner of Best Digital Resource in the Music Teacher Magazine Awards 2018

For Primary Teachers

The award-winning, modern-day resource for primary music.

  • A complete scheme to teach the national curriculum for music
  • A growing library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps
  • Support for assessment, SEND and personalised teaching and learning

“I have just explored the resources and they are AMAZING!!! I have done lots of Kodály training and am so excited about using the resources.” — Grainne Naylor, Notre Dame School, Liverpool

Free 30-day trial

Discover why Musical School is having such an enormous impact on the teaching and learning of music in over 10,000 primary schools

Musical School costs on average £195 plus VAT but it may be much less – we will inform you of your school’s price.

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9 out of 10 teachers say it’s had a hugely positive impact on pupil attainment and their own enjoyment of teaching

Suitable for specialists and non-specialists

Reinforces continuous genuine music-making as desired by OFSTED

Used by more than 1 in 3 primary schools and recommended by over 100 music services and hubs

“The most significant new primary music resource for a decade!”

Musical School is used in over 10,000 primary schools


A complete Scheme of Work for your school

Musical School Learning

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lessons for each year group in the school from ages 5-11. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources for every lesson. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum and is absolutely in line with published Ofsted guidance.

Musical School Learning

Musical School Learning

The learning within this Scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities — creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing. Everything is clearly and simply explained and the planning support is extensive.

Interactive Teaching Resources

Interactive teaching resources

Because the on-screen resources are so visual and supportive and everything is at your fingertips, every lesson is full of music and the children enjoy every moment.

Musical School Assessment

We’ve looked at all the great thinking that has been done on assessment and created an easy-to-use framework that’s useful for both music specialists and non-specialists. In essence, there are three aspects to the assessment:

  • End of Key Stage Expectations with the expected musical learning against which to assess
  • One-page lesson plans with the facility for you to formatively (continuously) assess
  • A digital evidence storage facility to help you build a musical E profile for classes and individual pupils

Updates to the Musical School Scheme

We constantly seek to improve what we do and respond to the feedback we get from teachers.

Among other things, you will see an updated Scheme with more progressive Listening & Appraising and Musical Activities devised to give extra variety and to challenge older children.

We have added new units including the classic songs ‘Dancing In The Street’ and ‘Happy’ to keep the teaching and learning fresh for both the teacher and the children. Changes have been made to the autumn half term units to give options and flexibility at the time of year when you need it most.

Free 30-day trial

Discover why Musical School is having such an enormous impact on the teaching and learning of music in over 10,000 primary schools

Musical School costs on average £195 plus VAT but it may be much less – we will inform you of your school’s price.

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A vast library of music resources

Freestyle music resources

While for many teachers the Scheme may be the part of Charanga Musical School they use the most, many teachers also like the more flexible Freestyle approach provided by the Musical School resource library. From this library, you can choose from a range of music resources which you might want to mix in with your own resources. You can also use the library to find resources linked to many other areas of music-making in your school.

Take a look at what’s in the Musical School Freestyle library


Freestyle topics

Songs and other resources for over 30 popular school topics. From Ancient Egypt and Celts & Romans to Energy, School and Healthy Living.


Freestyle units

Stand-alone Units of Work for all ages, presented in a flexible way and covering a wide range of musical genres. Some of the units are full-blown musical productions for seasonal festivals including Christmas, Harvest and Diwali.

Instrumental and other courses

Freestyle courses

Easy-to-teach courses for recorder, ukulele, violin, djembe, hip hop and more. These excellent easy-to-follow courses provide progressive week-by-week lessons, interactive teaching resources, printouts and planning.

Creative Apps

Rhythm Grids

Creative Apps Rhythm Grids

The Rhythm Grids are great for introducing simple compound 2, 3 and 4-beat time signatures.

Music Explorer

Creative Apps Music Explorer

An exciting new app to support lots of different musical activities including pulse games, listening skills, improvising, composing and use of notation.

Percussion Writer

Creative Apps Percussion Writer

A great way to play along with excerpts from famous works or create your own simple classroom percussion pieces.

Musical Toolkit

Creative Apps Musical Toolkit

Supports the learning and understanding of music concepts such as pulse, rhythm and pitch. The Toolkit contains engaging cartoons which the children will enjoy watching time and time again.

NEW in the Musical School Freestyle library

We’ve launched a great new section which is one of the most requested from our teaching community.

Listening Centre

This is a colourful collection of music covering a wide range of periods, styles and genres. There are 4 sections:

  • Listen by style genre and era with well over 150 musical works to choose from
  • Active Listening – a guided Classical music library with questions and answers, fast facts and historical context
  • Listening Calendar – library of listening for every month of the year linking musical listening to specific dates
  • BBC Ten Pieces – An exciting new BBC-led initiative for primary schools focusing on Classical music and creativity

Charanga Sing

Charanga Sing is a brand new teaching resource aimed at encouraging everyone to sing more!

Charanga Sing

Extensive research has shown the undeniably positive impact singing has on emotional, physical and mental well-being. This is the reason why singing features so highly in music curricula and on educational agendas – as well as simply being a great thing to do!

Charanga Sing contains a growing bank of over 500 songs presented in a way that is intuitive to use whether by vocal specialists, confident singers or those just keen to encourage more singing every day.

There are songs for all occasions, all ages and for all groupings from soloists to massed choirs. The repertoire covers a wide range of styles, cultures and purposes, with each one carefully picked to be included in the song bank.

100s of songs to enjoy with your pupils + singing courses for younger children

For younger children

Charanga Sing for younger children

A bank of nursery rhymes, action songs, including many old favourites and specially written songs which are perfect for little voices.

Vocal Coach

Charanga Sing Vocal Coach

A vocal health section all about taking care of the voice with fantastic body and vocal warm-ups, exercises and popular tongue twisters.

For older children

Charanga Sing for older children

A wide range of unison and 2 or more part songs. Some are specially composed or traditional, many are new and very well-known from popular shows, musicals and pop artists – all ideal for encouraging every one of your pupils to sing.

SEND in Musical School

Supporting teachers working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

At present it consists of a Scheme of ready-made lessons called ‘Anyone Can Play’ AND a Freestyle library section that brings together the most popular Charanga resources from across Musical School as used by teachers in special needs settings around the country.

SEND in Musical School is undergoing much new development work at the moment with the help of some great partners, so watch this space.

SEND in Musical School
Charanga Yumu

Yumu is safe online space where students can learn, play and develop their musicianship. It’s an area of the Charanga platform dedicated to supporting students' music-making between lessons.

You can use Yumu:

  • To share the things you’re working on in class, such as songs or recorder pieces, so that your students can practise them at home.
  • To set assignments, using your own favourite resources or Charanga’s.
  • To provide simple independent learning opportunities, using our ready-made Yumu Packages.
  • To track your students’ progress.
Yumu Packages
Tracking Progress

Does Musical School work?

The positive evidence is overwhelming with two independent masters’ theses showing that schools using the Charanga Musical School programme have experienced a significant improvement in music teaching and musical achievement.

Our close links with schools through Charanga’s partnerships with over 100 music services and hubs and through the 500 plus Musical School training sessions we run each year, we get a great insight into how effectively the programme is working for teachers.

In addition, our Musical School teacher survey to which we had almost 1000 responses, showed the following highly encouraging feedback from both specialist and non-specialist music teachers.

A survey of teachers using the Musical School programme

CPD and Training for Musical School

Twilight training — for groups of schools

Twilight training events are held regularly at local schools and music centres across the area. All schools are invited to send their key staff along and in many cases those attending will be confident to feedback and support their own school colleagues.

These face-to-face training events are further supported with opportunities for self-directed online learning through a wide range of help and support guides, a named CPD contact person and a helpdesk for technical issues. Additionally, teachers are encouraged to share their successes, ideas and suggestions through the resource-based Teachers’ Sharing Space and community.

Price for 1½ hour twilight session FREE.

In-school training — just for your school

Discover the comprehensive Musical School Scheme of Work developed to meet the national curriculum and the teaching approach favoured by Ofsted. See how the Units of Work, Topics and Instrumental Courses can support themed learning and how to build your own lessons from the library of resources and share them with your colleagues and pupils.

Price for 1½ hour meeting £245.

Arrange Training

To arrange your training session contact Charanga on 01273 823900 or

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Musical School widely used?

YES - more than 1 in 3 UK schools use Musical School with more adopting the programme every day. Teachers did well over one million hours of teaching with Musical School over the past year.

Is there any training available?

We run over 500 Musical School training sessions every year, in addition to those run by music hubs up and down the country. We can always provide you with high-quality training.

What about Ofsted?

Freestyle topics

While Musical School is totally in line with Ofsted guidance and it does a massive amount to support your teaching, Ofsted inspection is always about the teaching so we do like to highlight our little sign.

How does the free trial work?

Sign up and we will then send you a login which will be activated for 30 days. We do not take any payment details for the trial. At the end of the trial, you can place an order which will convert your trial licence to a full one and you keep the same login details so you can preserve any lessons you’ve created. However, if it’s not right for you, just let the trial expire and we thank you for your interest.

How much does it cost and is it an annual fee?

Musical School for primaries won’t cost more than £295 per annum - often less. It differs around the country based on how much it’s supported by your local music hub, authority or MAT and also the size of school. Teachers who use it though, consistently tell us the cost is low and it’s great value. It is an annual fee but upgrades are free. Find out the exact cost for your school.

What does Charanga mean?

It’s a small musical band often linked to Cuban music. We thought it was a good name for a music education company (and we’re all a bit partial to the Latin music vibe).

Free 30-day trial

Discover why Musical School is having such an enormous impact on the teaching and learning of music in over 10,000 primary schools

Musical School costs on average £195 plus VAT but it may be much less – we will inform you of your school’s price.

Start Free Trial

There’s no obligation and we don’t take any payment details.

Awards and recognition for the Charanga music education programmes and digital learning resources

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