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Teaching Primary Music

Teaching Primary Music

First Edition

June 2017 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
High quality music education can start children on a journey that lasts a lifetime. Teaching Primary Music gives beginning primary school teachers clear guidance on how to successfully teach music without recourse to specialized training.

This helpful text places music within the wider context of the primary curriculum with clear links to the new National Curriculum in England. It also offers advice on how to provide evidence for and assess musical development and how to plan for music education across the EYFS and key stages 1 & 2. Useful information on using the musical resources in your local community to enhance the opportunities offered to your school is also provided.

This is essential reading for all students studying primary music on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, SCITT), and also NQTs.

Alison Daubney is a music educator, researcher and curriculum adviser at the University of Sussex. 

Music - Its Place in Our Lives and Education
Exploring Musical Learning
Singing and Vocal Development
Instruments, Technologies & Tools
Children's Own Music
Planning for Musical Learning
Music - the heartbeat of the school and curriculum
Bringing it all together

Teaching Primary Music offers a principled, well-conceived and cohesive reflection on contemporary primary music education. The structure of the book is particularly helpful as it focused on specific elements of musical activity. Each chapter is informed and critically engages with important aspects of practice. In addition, each chapter provides insight into practice as well as opportunities for reflection. The style of the text is entirely suited to the needs of my undergraduate and post-graduate primary teaching students. I will be delighted to include in in our future reading lists. 

Ian Shirley
Senior Lecturer Primary Music Education, Edge Hill University

An excellent book! It is a very honest, open and highly informative read. Despite the author being an expert in her field, there is never a sense that she is imposing her perceptions and opinions on others. Instead she shares a wealth of material that promotes thinking about music and music education. This thinking then creates space for genuine professional learning, where the answer is not simply given but a world of opportunity is opened up. It’s about your children in your school and their right to experience a high quality music education.

Ian Axtell
Birmingham City University

Alison Daubney's new book provides primary teachers with an easy to understand and comprehensively researched guide to music making for all. Her approach is up to date, realistic and eminently practical and she insists that music is there to be explored by every child and, of course, every teacher. Teaching Primary Music will become a must read for all those engaged with delivering high quality music education, specialist and non-specialist alike and when students ask "which book should I buy?" this new addition to the canon will be one of my top two suggestions.


Alastair Greig
University of Roehampton

A comprehensive guide to teaching Music in the Primary classroom. Brilliantly researched and full of practical ideas and lessons!

Mr Ed Carr
Primary Education Dept, Plymouth Marjon University
July 11, 2022

A welcome resource for general primary teachers in what can be a difficult subject for non-specialists

Faculty Of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
August 5, 2022

Teaching Primary Music is a clear and accessible way for primary teachers, particularly non-specialists, to engage with and support their teaching of music. I found a lot of the book very relevant in the current educational climate and the book echoes a lot of what I find myself saying to students on a regular basis.
The scenarios and tasks allow for practical engagement for students, how could I teach music in my class? and what might it look like? While in Scotland we follow Curriculum for Excellence there are clear crossovers with KS1 and 2 and First and Second Levels.

Mrs Julie Carrie
School of Education (Ayr), University of the West of Scotland
May 23, 2019

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