The MMC seeks to support teachers in the delivery of music education from ages 5 to 14, presenting a progressive route through the first nine years of school and encouraging skill-sharing and collaboration.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) was engaged to draft the MMC, supporting the expert panel in their work to develop and reform the curriculum with the aim of updating and strengthening its content. It was founded in a shared belief that all young people should have access to music and the opportunity to make progress within it, a view endorsed strongly by the Academy.

In a joint statement, the four Royal Schools of Music said:

‘The future diversity and richness of the UK’s musical talent depends on the ability of all of us within the education system to inspire and nurture new generations of young musicians.

‘Publication of the Department for Education’s new Model Music Curriculum is a vital step forward in creating these conditions and promoting the opportunities that young people need at the start of their musical journeys – and the support that their teachers will require to deliver this.

‘Along with our partner Royal Schools, the Royal Academy of Music wholeheartedly welcomes the new curriculum and the role that we know it will play in securing pathways along which musicians from all backgrounds can progress.’

Building on its own Access and Participation plan, the Academy will be working closely with many teachers delivering the MMC. We will offer support and draw awareness to our activities across primary, junior and senior Academy in the hope of reaching more talented young students, and further diversifying our student body.

Find out more about the Model Music Curriculum.

Read the Academy’s Access and Participation plan.