Access Key Definitions
Skip navigation
Access key details
Home page
Latest updates
Site map
Search
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Terms and conditions
National Curriculum

ICT in music

 

ICT learning

ICT helps pupils learn in music by supporting the development of musical skills, knowledge and understanding. ICT acts as a tool and a distinctive medium of musical expression, for example pupils can use ICT for recording or listening to music and for creating electronic sounds. ICT strongly influences the creative process and enables pupils to compose in a variety of different ways.

Using ICT can help pupils to:

  • access, select and interpret information

  • recognise patterns, relationships and behaviours

  • model, predict and hypothesise

  • test reliability and accuracy

  • review and modify their work to improve the quality

  • communicate with others and present information

  • evaluate their work

  • improve efficiency

  • be creative and take risks

  • gain confidence and independence.

ICT provides the means to access a wide variety of sources of information and provides the opportunity for interaction between people involved in different stages of music production.

For example ICT can help pupils:

  • make and explore sounds

  • record for different purposes

  • structure music

  • interact with different information sources

  • perform and compose music

  • understand musical processes.

ICT statutory requirements

Pupils should be given opportunities to apply and develop their ICT capability through the use of ICT tools to support their learning. Here are the statutory requirements to use ICT in the music programme of study.

Key stage 1

There is no statutory requirement to teach the use of ICT.

Key stage 2

Breadth of study

5d: Pupils should be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through using ICT to capture, change and combine sounds.

ICT opportunities

Pupils should be given opportunities to apply and develop their ICT capability through the use of ICT tools to support their learning. Here are the opportunities to use ICT in the music programme of study.

Key stage 1

Creating and developing musical ideas - composing skills

2b: Explore, choose and organise sounds and musical ideas.

  • Pupils could use software designed to enable exploration of sounds.

Responding and reviewing - appraising skills

3b: Make improvements to their own work.

  • Pupils could use recording equipment to recall sounds and identify and make improvements.

Key stage 2

Listening, and applying knowledge and understanding

4c: How music is produced in different ways (for example, through the use of different resources, including ICT) and described through relevant established and invented notations.

Hardware and software

The following software and hardware can help pupils' learning in music at key stage 1:

  • tape recorder with counter

  • sound-processing toys capable of producing a range of effects and transforming the voice to sound like, for example a robot, ghost or cartoon character

  • keyboard with a selection of voices

  • multimedia PC with soundcard and speakers

  • focused activity software such as pitch and rhythm games

  • simple pattern sequencing software.

The following software and hardware can help pupils' learning in music at key stage 2:

  • digital effects units

  • MIDI keyboard featuring a wide range of preset sounds

  • stereo tape recorder with microphone and line inputs

  • software for recording and processing sound

  • software for exploring style and structure

  • simple sequencing software.

Also, the following software and hardware can develop pupils' work in music at key stage 2:

  • MIDI keyboard featuring

    • a facility to make alterations to sounds

    • recording and playback of several parts

    • limited sound sampling

    • disk drive

  • minidisk recorder

  • creative mixing software.

This content relates to the 1999 programmes of study and attainment targets.

Back to top