Freestyle

A vast, growing library of music resources

While for many teachers our Scheme options may be the part of Musical School they use the most, others may like the more flexible Freestyle approach provided by the programme’s resource library.

From this library you can choose from a range of Charanga music resources which you might like to mix in and match with your own. You can also use the library to find and save resources linked to many other areas of music-making in your school.

A look inside the Freestyle library

Topics

The topics Musical School provides contain collections of songs or related resources linked to popular primary themes, such as Ancient Egypt, Minibeasts or Healthy Living. As they are intended to be used flexibly to support your teaching in a range of contexts, there are no lesson plans. Each topic is categorised by age range, although many can be used across the primary sector.

Units

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

Productions

Our full school musical productions can be used to celebrate key points in the school year, such as summer or winter, or festivals such as Harvest 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. However, in most cases, it will be necessary to take out a Public Performance Licence for public shows. Please contact training@charanga.com for more information.

Listening Centres and Courses

The Listening Centre offers teachers a colourful collection of music covering a range of periods, styles and genres. Listen to over 150 musical works by style, genre or era; access a guided Classical music library complete with fast facts and historical context; and explore a monthly Listening Calendar, linking music to specific events throughout the year. A range of courses will also enrich, enhance and extend your curriculum delivery.

Creative Apps

A suite of music teaching apps are used throughout the platform to provide an enjoyable, effective and inspiring experience for teachers and learners.

The fundamental activities in music learning encompass listening and understanding, singing, improvising, composing and playing instruments.

Every one of these areas benefits from a choice of several Charanga apps that provide variety for teachers and support the full range of learning modalities. They include:

Rhythm Grids

Creative Apps Rhythm Grids

A great way to introduce students to simple and compound 2, 3 and 4-beat time signatures. Children love the rotation feature particularly.

Music Explorer

Creative Apps Music Explorer

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

Percussion Writer

Creative Apps Percussion Writer

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.

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