Resources for popular classroom instruments

Playing instruments is an important part of music-making. This new section contains courses for popular classroom instruments including both percussion and more traditional instruments such as recorders and guitars. These instrument courses enhance and extend learning, and can be used as part of the music curriculum or as enrichment activities.

Many of the courses have been developed through partnerships and collaborations with leading authors and publishers.

The lovely Heather Ward’s Blown Away Recorder Books 1 and 2 use our latest technology and are suitable for children throughout the primary phase. The colourful graphics and captivating characters will inspire your pupils to want to learn.

Also for recorders is the ever-popular Jane Sebba’s Recorder Course with its extra repertoire, perfect for the younger beginner.

Fiddle Time is the UK’s most popular violin teaching method. Fiddle Time authors Kathy and David Blackwell have selected 30 pieces that are suited to whole-class violin teaching and its need for flexible learning progression.

The Beginner Guitarist has brilliant video tutorials and an added feature allowing you to slow the video without changing the pitch. This course is ideal for small groups and after-school clubs.

The Ukulele Course is aimed at older primary-aged children and contains interactive resources and detailed lesson plans. Teachers who are not familiar with the ukulele may wish to follow the course themselves first.

The Djembe Course is ideal for older pupils but it can be adapted for younger children. Pupils are encouraged to play accurately and to enjoy being creative. There are simple plans for 12 lessons.

The two Glockenspiel Stages introduce the language of music in a practical way. The children have the opportunity to explore and develop their playing skills. You can decide whether to follow the six steps in each stage or to use the Flexible Pathway and work at your own pace.