Compendium - music resources for primary schools

Compendium - music resources for primary schools

Sing Up

A wealth of free Primary music resources as well as the option of a paid-for subscription.

Free resources

Theater Seat Store

This site contains a musical Glossary for children written by Carina Jaramillo to help you teach pupils all about music terminology and theory.

Music glossary


#CanDoMusic is a UK-wide campaign that aims to ensure all children and young people can access musical learning in school. Our mission is to celebrate and unlock the innovation of music teachers and senior leaders, to share practical ideas and resources to deliver music in engaging and inspiring new ways, and to support schools in ensuring that music plays a central role in rebuilding their school communities.


Durham Music Service and Durham Music Trust 

To support music-making at home and within schools, at this time DMS and DMT have been uploading exciting new music videos every day from sing-alongs to learning how to play the ukulele, there is a whole host of activities for your pupils to enjoy. 

BBC Teach - Bring the Noise song

Use the Bring the Noise song to encourage music learning at home or in the classroom. The specially composed song is designed to encourage music participation for primary school children aged four to seven-years-old.


The Beat Goes On 

The beat goes on website has some wonderful and free body percussion and samba drumming resources that your pupils are sure to love. 


Sunderland Music Hub

In partnership with Sunderland Museum and Sunderland Winter Gardens, they have created a series of videos for early years and  KS1 called story explorer. 

Story Explorer videos

Pass the sound 

Build up rhythmical patterns using body sounds. Pass The Sound is a shared learning resource, offering free warm-up, skills and workshop exercises for musicians or specialists to use whilst facilitating group music-making contexts.

Body percussion warm-up video

BBC Teach - YolanDa's Band Jam  

Watch the episodes from the series to support teaching EYFS and KS1 years dynamics, pitch, rhythm and instrumentation. 

Links to episodes

Alexander Armstrong and the London Mozart Players version of Peter and the Wolf

Use this resource with pupils to help them understand the instruments in the orchestra, use of timbre, dynamics and pitch. They can also use this resource to create music that represents a character.

Prokofiev’s Peter and the wolf

Sunderland Music Hub 

Sunderland Music Hub works with schools to fulfil the National Plan for Music Education, ensuring the opportunities for high-quality music education are available to every child and young person. 

KS1 - An introduction to the orchestra & KS1 - Rythm 

KS2 - Body percussion & composing body percussion worksheet

Online Singing Assemblies

Full list of resources 

Musinc, The Teeside Musical Inclusion Partnership 

Do you teach KS1 or KS2? Then your students could really benefit from these live online music sessions. Musinc has a programme that includes singing, songwriting, rap and music lessons. Plus they can also provide some pupils with free instruments and learner packs. Find out more by clicking the link below: 

Musinc online sessions

Downloadable online resources

Théâtre Sans Frontières

We have a charming song in French for 6-11 years to learn. Taken from our popular show for schools Les Aventures de Lapin (The Adventures of Rabbit) it celebrates the eating of fruits from the Caribbean, particularly Bananas. The song is called: Moi, j’adore les Bananes.

Link to resource

Yorkshire Youth and Music 

We create music-making opportunities that change children and young people's lives by working in partnership with schools, music services, community groups, and other organisations and institutions who provide support and services to people in challenging circumstances. 

Here is our online musical video series called Let's Play that will be great for children who are struggling with their mental health: 

Introduction video

Bucket beat 

The coping game

The beat grid game

Composing music using the black keys of the keyboard

Writing a song

There is also a series of videos for deaf pupils to enjoy called deaf and musical. 

Deaf & musical video series

North Tyneside Music Education Hub

Below are some ideas to support teachers to get pupils singing and creating at home or in the classroom.

Tees Valley Music Service 

Free online bucket drumming lessons that you can follow at home or school. 

Chrome Music Lab 

Teachers can use this online interactive tool on iPads, phones and desktops to help pupils learn about musical notes, compose music, create dance moves or discover different rhythms and beats. Explore the music lab by clicking the link below. 

Chrome Music Lab - Experiments

We wanted to share this brilliant blog post with you that looks at each section of Chrome Music Lab and explains how to use the tools and gives you lots of ideas on how you can incorporate these online tools into lesson planning. 

Blog post from Midnight Music on 50 lesson ideas for the Chrome Music Lab 


NYMAZ is a youth music development charity who champion the transformative potential of music for children and young people. They have a range of online music resources for teachers to utilise. 

Full list of online resources  

Sage Gateshead 

Every year at Sage Gateshead, musicians participate in the Big Sing by writing songs for children and young people to learn. The theme of this year’s Big Sing is climate change. While this year’s concerts can’t take place, teachers can still get their pupils to create a mini-concert at home using the digital songbook and online tutorials. 

Digital song book and online tutorials

Myleene's Music Klass 

Let Myleen Klass teach your pupils. The curriculum-based music lesson video series is fun and informative. There’s no need for instruments, and it caters to mixed abilities. 

Music lesson videos 

BBC - Bring the Noise 

Perfect for Key Stage 1 pupils these music games allow your class to explore the different elements that make up a song at home. They can create their own version of songs and play them back online.

Create a song

BBC Teach 

The BBC has a range of free music resources suitable for primary schools, check them out below. 

BBC - Ten Pieces 

An online resource with lesson plans and live events intended to get children aged 7-14 engaged with classical music.

Music Partnership North - Northumberland

They have created some resources to help you create music in school and at home.