Resources for leaders of primary school aged voices

Leading singing in primary schools - the recordings of our new online course for everyone working with primary aged voices are available to purchase now! An informal and friendly course designed to develop confidence, knowledge and skills for all teachers leading young singers in primary schools, whatever their experience level. There are six sessions, which you can buy individually or as a set. Find out more and book the sessions here.

Need more convincing? Read the review of the course in the June 2023 issue of Music Teacher here.

Access our open education resources here, including warm-up videos for KS1 and KS2.

Visit our general resource bank for more tips and hints, including our webinar bank.

abcd members have access to a bigger range of resources and get discounts on courses, as well as many other benefits: find out more about joining us here.

Training courses

Check out the latest schedule of live and online events for everyone leading singing here and find out more about our general choral conducting programme here.

Leading Singing in Primary Schools

A bespoke course specially for teachers who wish to develop their knowledge of leading singing for young voices.

Suitable for:

  • Primary School teachers who would like to find out more about leading singing
  • Primary School music co-ordinators
  • Music Hubs
  • Student teachers (PGCE and SCIT)
  • Teaching Assistants

We recommend that the course is run as a 3-day course, though it can be adapted and reduced to 1 or 2 days if required. The course can be spread out over a period of months and held at times to suit your individual group, including Saturdays or twilights. The course works best with a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 17. Detailed content will be tailored to the group as appropriate, but will cover some of the following key skills, depending on the length of the course:

  • Vocal health, development and awareness
  • Finding the child's voice (humming, whispering, thinking, singing
  • Understanding appropriate pitch ranges
  • Pitch-matching and call & response skills
  • Singing games
  • Using your voice to lead singing effectively
  • Fun warm-up ideas
  • Appropriate road-tested repertoire
  • Repertoire to enhance whole school learning
  • Ensemble singing in the classroom
  • Encouraging and developing use of singing across the curriculum
  • Teaching tools and strategies for enabling good quality singing
  • Ideas to encourage reading music notation
  • The teacher as singing leader
  • Encouraging positive engagement, creativity and participation
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Extended repertoire
  • How to establish, develop and maintain choirs/vocal ensembles

Read more on our course leaflet here.

Contact Us

For more details, or a chat about your particular requirements, email our Training Manager Elisabeth Brierley, or call her on 07805 454563.

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