This unit explores ways in which children and young people value music and why it is important to them. A variety of learning methods suitable for different settings will be considered. Much of this work will be assessed through brief written tasks and lesson observation

Guided learning hours: 45 | Credits: 7

Learners will be able to meet the following objectives by providing evidence to satisfy the assessment criteria.


1. Understand why music is important to children and young people

Assessment criteria

  • 1.1.1 Explain why many children and young people value music
  • 1.1.2 Explain how music education can help children and young people develop their skills, knowledge and understanding

2. Understand how children and young people engage in learning music

Assessment criteria:

  • 1.2.1 Explain why music and musical learning is important for children and young people
  • 1.2.2 Explain how children and young people can develop and improve as performers, composers and critical listeners through:
    a. learning music in a way that places music-making and musical communication at the heart of their learning experience
    b. engaging with music from a range of styles, genres and cultures
    c. working with and without notation
    d. improvising
    e. understanding and using a range of appropriate information & communication technology (ICT) and music technology
    f. working on their own or in groups, including peer learning
    g. listening and appraising their own and others' musical performances, technique and compositions

3. Understand the purposes of children and young people experiencing and learning music

Assessment criteria:

  • 3.1 Explain how music can benefit the whole child or young person by enhancing their aesthetic, spiritual, social, emotional and intellectual development
  • 3.2 Explain how participation in music and music-making can:
    a. support creativity and creative development for children and young people
    b. benefit children and young people in their personal development and other aspects of learning

4. Understand different pedagogical approaches and how they are used to meet the needs of children and young people learning music

Assessment criteria:

  • 4.1 Analyse different pedagogical approaches and their value in musical learning
  • 4.2 Explain how different pedagogical approaches are applied in different settings and learning modes, giving consideration to:
    a. formal, non-formal and informal learning
    b. current initiatives, policies and their influence

  • 4.3 Describe the application of a range of teaching strategies and, where relevant, their links to learning styles