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Resources for educators

The ISM is:

The ISM has over 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 focussed 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 National College

The National College provides multi-award winning video CPD by education experts on the latest policy, practice and education research.

Musical understanding

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

The National Curriculum for Music

Download our two free frameworks (primary and secondary), complete with wall-charts, to help you develop your curriculum, pedagogies and assessment in any setting.

Early years education

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

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.

Webinars for educators

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


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

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Drake Music Scotland inform us about their twenty years of work creating opportunities for disabled musicians of all ages.