Over the past 15 years, ABC Creative Music has developed innovative cost-effective
Nursery, Primary & ASN/SEN music programmes, delivered on interactive whiteboards and/or resource packs-
with highly successful training programmes for non-specialist teachers.
Founded by leading Jazz Musicians Tom and Phil Bancroft, and developed in classrooms across Scotland,
ABC programmes engineer grown-up musical creativity into child-friendly resources- with three important results:
1: Smart activity design guarantees clear coherent musical outcomes that excite children and communicate with audiences.
As children grow, their music making develops in sophistication, but is always clear, fun and entertaining.
2: Simple activity interfaces leave children with real control of creative decision-making-
generating engagement and a strong sense of ownership of the musical outcomes.
3: Simple resource design, with the clever stuff 'under the hood',
means non-specialist teachers can deliver all programmes effectively, whether or not they are confident in teaching music.
“Children are having so much fun, they don’t realise they are learning!” Kirstie Love, Primary Teacher
ABOUT ABC Resources
Children love realising ‘I am musical’-
driving engagement with music and the development of core musical concepts and skills.
On-screen interactives develop creativity with animal noises, actions and percussion sounds,
and always drive social music.making in the classroom with real percussioin instruments, body percussion or voice..
Age-appropriate notation develops in sophistication as children grow, moving to handout-based group work-
using rhythm, pitch and lyrics- with powerful audition formats honing performance skills.
Interest in the psychology of creativity makes learning safe and fun for both students and teachers.
By using simple of ideas of form:
(Repetition- “Do it again”, Contrast- “Do something different”, Variation- “Same but different”),
children learn how to make music in real-time (improvisation) and ahead of time (composition)
often developing mental creative skills before applying them to instruments.
Similar care is taken in the design of CPD training for teachers-
addressing head-on the anxiety teaching music creates for many classroom teachers.
Music Specialists can move between easy-to-use shape notation and the stave.
The Music Leader programme allows specialists or enthusiastic class teachers to use the ABC training website
to lead CPD training of non-specialists in their own schools or authorities, and support classroom teachers activities
(and integrate their own specialist input with that of class teachers in their schools)- maximising the benefits for children.
ABC Online delivers everything you need through the interactive whiteboards: downloadable handouts, online assessment,
training videos, curricular coding, and cross-curricular topic modules- including material for Christmas, the Olympics and Commonwealth games, and French. Spanish, and Scots language modules.
Online Programmes are available for mainstream Primary classrooms and SEN/ASN settings.
We also offer the very populat African Drum & Dance Experience programme with our partners Akrowa UK.
Resource packs include mainstream classroom programmes for Nursery, Primary, specialised programmes for SEN/ASN settings, with additional programmes covering Global Citizenship Through Music, Enterprise (record and sell a CD of your own music to raise money for your school) and an exciting creative Singing resource.
My pupils totally LOVE ABC! It's easy to use and all there for you - with instructions of what you will need for each lesson.
It has made me more confident in delivering a music programme.
This resource is absolutely fantastic and helps me deliver all of the music outcomes that I would struggle to do without lots of guidance or support! It introduces the children to instruments in such a fun, structured way which alleviates the stress for myself!
This was manna from heaven. The numeracy and literacy resources are really good because they bridge the gap for children who are struggling in a really fun way. It helped target children having trouble differentiating Sh and Ch, and develop their processing skills. It was something I could do with the whole class without having to pick those children out.
We have just started using ABC - the training has been fab and the resource is really easy to follow for non-specialists.
Very enjoyable - I find the process easy to facilitate in the classroom and the children are very engaged with the interactive board/resources.
ABC music has been hugely beneficial in our school particularly for teachers who are not confident in delivering music.