‘Classical 100’ brings classical music to primary schools

Sarah Kirkup Mon 2nd November 2015

Free online resource for teachers helps introduce children to a variety of composers and recordings

'Classical 100' preview event at St Charles Primary School (photo: Tom Weller)

'Classical 100' preview event at St Charles Primary School (photo: Tom Weller)

From November 2, ‘Classical 100’ will be available to teachers in primary schools across England. The online initiative, developed by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Classic FM and Decca Classics, aims to introduce children to 100 recordings of classical music pieces. Taken from Decca’s catalogue, they represent a rich diversity of styles that span more than 10 centuries – from Hildegarde of Bingen to Graham Fitkin.

Any school that registers for ‘Classical 100’ can access the recordings as well as information about the composers and the stories behind the music. In addition, ABRSM will also draw on its network of primary school experts to create and publish a range of downloadable materials, helping teachers even further in bringing the music to life. Moreover, the programme is supported by the Department of Education, and can be used to meet certain National Curriculum Key Stage 1 criteria.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: ‘At the heart of this government’s commitment to extending opportunity is a belief that all pupils should have access to an excellent, well-rounded education – music is a key part of this. Music shouldn’t be the preserve of a privileged few. All children should have the opportunity to hear and appreciate the work of great composers and musicians.’

‘Classical 100’ has been devised by industry experts with a wealth of primary teaching knowledge, and has been tested by teachers, music services and educational musical experts. Schools can gain full, unlimited, free access by registering at abrsm.org/classical100

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