Video-based music lessons for primary education

We want to help schools share the joy of music with their students, even when their budgets are tight. Which is why we’ve created a complete and comprehensive curriculum of video-based music lessons that follow Ofsted guidelines and are suitable for pupils of all ages and abilities. 

This is an affordable way of providing high-quality music education for schools that do not have large budgets to spend on their music curriculum and an excellent way of providing continuity and excellent education provision for pupils whether they’re in the classroom or at home. 

For an affordable price we can provide your school with a whole year of ready-to-go video-based music lessons. 

There are video lessons for every level of primary education - nursery to Year 6. 

There are three levels of lessons to choose from, depending on what level of music education your school has been providing until now - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. This means we have a series of lessons to suit the needs of all primary schools. Details of each level are below but if you are unsure which level you need we can help you to establish what will be best for your school. 

The majority of the teaching in all levels is delivered through songs, canons that can be sung in parts or songs that can be sung together. The aim is always to teach the children to understand how the music is structured and to be able to hear and spell music through the use of the relative solfa (do re mi fa so la ti do’). 


Here you can see a five-minute trailer, showing some examples of lessons activities for different levels.


Get in touch if you'd like to order a free video lesson to watch and try out with your students. Send us an email or fill in the form below to order your free video lesson for Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 2. 

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Beginner level lessons

This is the level to choose if your school has not had any kind of formal music teaching in recent years. By this we mean if anyone has been following the guidelines of the national curriculum and aspiring to teach children to play instruments and read music. If not, or if this provision has been minimal or shaky the beginner package of lessons is for you.

In this series, the DaCapo teachers introduce rhythm, starting from the simple and moving to the complex; reading and writing music; rhythmic notation and exploring improvisation with rhythm.

The majority of the teaching is delivered through songs; canons that can be sung in parts or songs that can be sung together. The aim is always to teach the children to understand how the music is structured and to be able to hear and spell music through the use of the relative solfa (do re mi fa so la ti do’).


Intermediate level lessons

If your school has done a lot of singing, with some level of reading and playing music, including the use of both Kodaly rhythm and pitch names, then we suggest the Intermediate package is for you. 

In this series, the DaCapo teachers introduce rhythm, starting from the simple and moving to the complex; reading and writing; rhythmic notation and exploring improvisation with rhythm. The songs used in this series makes the content and the activities more challenging than the beginner package and they are more diverse across the school. The majority of the teaching is delivered through songs, canons that can be sung in parts or songs that can be sung together. The aim is always to teach the children to understand how the music is structured and to be able to hear and spell music through the use of the relative solfa (do re mi fa so la ti do’).



Advanced level lessons 

This level is aimed at schools where the children are very familiar with Kodaly relative solfa and rhythmic syllables. This means that they are able to sing fluently with the use of relative solfa and use Kodaly handsigns to show their understanding of the music. 

In this series, the DaCapo teachers introduce rhythm, starting from the simple and moving to the complex.  They cover reading and writing; rhythmic notation, two part rhythm reading and exploring improvisation with rhythm. The songs used make the content and the activities quite sophisticated and wholly appropriate for the different age groups. In the advanced series we also work on understanding home notes, tonality and writing music on a stave.




Order your free series of video lessons

We will send you a free video lessons to watch and try out with your students so you can see more about how the lessons work and if they'll be useful for your school. 

Just fill out the form below to tell us if you're interested in Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1or Key Stage 2 and we'll send them to you.


About the DaCapo Music Foundation

DaCapo is a music education charity with a twenty-eight year history, dedicated to a Kodaly-based, child friendly programme of learning from toddlers to teens and adult learners.

DaCapo teachers are high calibre musicians who really care about education. They take part in a thorough training course when joining DaCapo and ongoing training throughout the year and throughout their time with us.  Some have worked with the organisation for over 20 years.

During the current lockdown period we have been busy filming and producing a video curriculum which is being sent out to all the schools where we teach. It covers all primary school years with each video tailored to each age group from nursery to year 6.  

We have been thrilled with the positive responses received so far from pupils, parents and schools. The link below takes you to a six minute trailer, showing the structure of the videos and a sample of the activities included. The videos stand alone and could be used by any school straight away - they provide a fun, first class music curriculum.  


Testimonials

I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful work your DaCapo team has done putting together the online music lessons.  They are really fabulous – an amazing showcase of all that is brilliant about DaCapo. Our children at Christ Church and Holy Trinity are so lucky.  

Caroline Ross, Music Co-ordinator, Chelsea.



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