A vast library of music resources

While for many teachers the Scheme may be one 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.

Freestyle music resources

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


Freestyle topics

The topics mostly contain collections of songs or related resources linked to popular primary themes, such as Ancient Egypt, Minibeasts and Healthy Living. As they are intended to be used flexibly to support your teaching in a range of contexts, there are no lesson plans.

The topics have been divided into age range based on the content but many can be used across the primary sector.


Freestyle units

The stand-alone units within Freestyle can be combined together or with other materials, to form a unique music plan for your school. These units all offer a flexible pathway which contains every resource from the unit in a single lesson, allowing you complete flexibility for your teaching. Many of the units which cover a wide range of musical genres are based around a central song, some well-known and some specially commissioned to be perfect for young voices.


Freestyle productions

These full school musical productions can be used to celebrate key points in the school year such as summer or winter time or festivals like Harvest, Diwali and Christmas. Each production provides everything you need including tracks for learning the songs, backing tracks for the performance, scripts, scores and director guides. The songs can be used in schools as often as you like but in most cases it will be necessary to take out a Public Performance Licence for public shows - see the guidance on the production home page for full details.

Creative Apps

Rhythm Grids

Creative Apps Rhythm Grids

The Rhythm Grids are great for introducing simple and compound 2, 3 and 4-beat time signatures. Children love the rotation feature.

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 generic musical ideas and terminology, such as pulse and rhythm, notations and historical context.

NEW In the Freestyle library this year

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

Listening Centre

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 – for every month of the year linking musical listening to specific events
  • BBC Ten Pieces – exciting BBC-led initiative focusing on Classical music and creativity

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