Using Charanga and Yumu for Home Learning in Music
All children can access these resources at home. If your child does not know their username and password yet, please email their year group email address to request this.
Once you have obtained the login details, please visit this website:charanga.com. You or your child should then click on "Pupil and teacher login" on the left hand side of the page, and then select "log in to Yumu". This is the area of the website which children can use to work independently on their musical skills and understanding.
Once they have accessed Yumu, they will see they have been set an assignment, a unit of several lessons, which is their music home learning over the next few weeks. There is one assignment for each year group, as well as a short guide for parents about how to support your child with their learning.
Your child will also see an icon called Charanga Music World. They may wish to use this as well if they are learning an instrument, as there are sets of lessons and activities for different instruments.
Using Chrome Music Lab
This is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. It can be used to explore music and its connections to science, maths, art and more. The song maker feature lets you make and share your own songs.
There is no need to make an account, just open the site on a web browser such as Chrome.It can be used on phones, tablets and laptops.
The web address for Chrome Music Lab is https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com
Practising an instrument at home
If your child is learning to play an instrument, regular practice is essential. Little and often is best!
Your child should have a practice diary which they should give you to sign every time they practise, in which their teacher will have written what they need to practise that week. Your child should remember to always bring their diary to their lesson for the teacher to sign and then set the practice objectives for the following week.
Everybody's schedules are different, but you may find that a few minutes are available before school for practice after breakfast, or perhaps a session after dinner works better for your family.
As with PE, it's always good practice to begin a practice with a warm-up. Playing some scales prepares the fingers or the mouth for playing the pieces your child is learning. They may also wish to play a well-known piece they enjoy first before working on the pieces they are currently learning as part of their warm-up.
Turning now to the main part of the practice session, it may be that the teacher has highlighted certain sections of the piece which your child needs to focus on. They should practise these separately a few times, and then try the whole piece once or twice.
Your child could finish their practice with a favourite piece so they end on a high note!
Finally, here are a some suggestions which may make it easier for you to encourage regular practice. If the instrument is set up ready to play rather than put away in its case, this will make it easier for your child to make a start. You may wish to purchase a stand or holder so that the instrument is stored safely when not being played. Your child may also enjoy playing with others, so they may wish to practise with a friend or a sibling from time to time. By doing this they will learn from each other as well as from their teacher. If you hear your child working hard and practising effectively, please give them positive, specific acknowledgement; e.g. "well done, you've improved your playing of that tricky section now".