Music Department Audit

Is your primary school’s Music department fit for purpose?Take my quiz, add your score and see how you do!  It is very ambitious.  Almost no school will get the gold unless they are an all-through school in both Primary and Secondary phases.

Bronze Award

Does your school have concerts and recitals annually? (5 points)

Does your school have a musical play annually? (5 points)

Does your school have a choir? (5 points)

Does your school have an instrumental ensemble? (5 points)

Does your school have instrumental tutors coming into school? (5 points)

Does your school have an annual music trip somewhere local? (5 points)

Does your school teach recorders or ukuleles as a whole class? (5 points)

Do children sing outside of music lessons in their classtime? (5 points)

Do you have a wide selection of untuned classroom percussion instruments? (5 points)

Do you have some tuned classroom percussion instruments? (5 points)

Do you have a Music scheme of work? (5 points)

Do you have a Music policy? (5 points)

If you have over 50 points, give your school the Bronze Award.
Silver Award

Do you have at least two concerts where ensembles (and some soloists) perform and monthly recitals where soloists play? (5 points)

Is each class performing a musical play or a concert? (5 points)

Does your choir perform in two parts and fully understand how to use their head and chest voices? (5 points)

Does your school have a variety of different instrumental ensembles? (5 points)

Is there a wide variety of different instruments being taught at your school? (5 points)

Has any of your ensembles played away from school on a trip somewhere locally or internationally? (5 points)

Does each class have opportunities to play recorders, violins, ukuleles, African drums, or keyboard together as a class or in small groups? (5 points)

Does your school collaborate with other schools or with your music hub? (5 points)

Do you have a good quality stock of untuned percussion instruments so each child can play an instrument together as a class? (5 points)

Do you have a set of bells and a bell ensemble? (5 points)

Do you have an inventory of every instrument and resource in the department? (5 points)

Do you record children playing to assess the quality of their work? (5 points)

Do you teach the children to read musical notation as they sing and play? (5 points)

Do you teach the children how to use music technology? (5 points)

If you have over 60 points, give your school the Silver Award.

Gold Award

Do you have a concert and recital program where every one or two weeks there are musical ensembles and soloists including outside performers and community groups? (5 points)

Are there musical theatre performance opportunities for every child in your school and does your school recruit members for local amateur dramatic and musical theatre companies? (5 points)

Do you have an auditioned chamber choir as well as a mass non-auditioned choir? Can they perform from standard notation, without notation, accompanied and unaccompanied? Have you attended any competitions with your choir? (5 points)

Do you have a range of different ensembles with differing standards? For example, a beginners string ensemble, a training string ensemble and an advanced string ensemble? (5 points)

Do your students take and pass graded instrumental and singing examinations with excellent results? Are you a registered exam centre of have continuous dealings with another locally? (5 points)

Have you made recordings with your ensembles? Do they attend musical competitions? Do any of your players play with local, national or international ensembles? (5 points)

Do you have a culture where music making is normal and wide-spread in your school? Does every child play? (5 points)

Is your school a leader for other schools in your local area? Have you put on a music conference at your school? (5 points)

Do you lend out instruments to children so they can practice at home? (5 points)

Do you have an Orff ensemble of bass, alto and soprano xylophones and metalophones? (5 points)

Are your music teachers having excellent quality training and training other teachers themselves? (5 points)

Do you have recordings of every child and how they have improved over time in your school? (5 points)

Do your children perform to the highest of standards for their age and ability?

Can all children read music fluently? (5 points)

Can your children compose music using a notation package? Can they use a sequencer? (5 points)

Does your school have an excellent reputation for music? (5 points)

If you have over 70 points, give your school the Gold Award.

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