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Resources for music educators

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The ISM has almost 11,000 members from across the music sector including academics, classroom teachers, instrumental and vocal teachers, performers, composers and songwriters. As a subject association for music, we act as a forum for individual music educators, consultative body and representative of the profession. We are committed to raising educational standards by developing and disseminating high-quality research, professional development and other support focused on subject knowledge and pedagogy through our sister charity, ISM Trust.

Founded in 2014, the ISM Trust is open to all and focuses on delivering professional development, training and education opportunities to all musicians.

The ISM is a member of the Council for Subject Associations.

Black history in music

This hub brings together resources exploring the history of Black performers and composers in the UK, as well as current issues around diversity and inclusion.

Musical understanding

Download these free reports, which explain how musical understanding has always been central to the National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for Music 2019

Download The National Curriculum for Music (Primary and Key stage 3) 2019 for free. These are complete with wall-charts, to help you develop your curriculum, pedagogies and assessment.

Primary Music Toolkit

The ISM Trust and SMA commissioned an online toolkit to help primary school teachers bring the primary curriculum to life.

The ISM Teachers' Pack

This pack is a helpful guide for all instrumental and vocal teachers, whether you are employed, work freelance in schools or teach privately.

Early years education

Find out more information on early years education, including free-to-download resources.

Webinars for educators

Look through our collection of webinars, which are all free to watch and specially tailored for music educators.


NMC Recording's music projects can bring contemporary classical music to the classroom.

Related discounts for ISM members

Grove Music Online

Free subscription to Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music