The Irish Primary Music Curriculum forms part of the arts education curriculum at primary school level. In addition to music, the arts education curriculum includes visual arts and dance too.


The Irish Primary School Music Curriculum is divided into three strands:

  • Listening & Responding
  • Performing
  • Composing


What’s the aim of each strand?

  1. The Listening & Responding strand emphasizes active listening to a range of pieces and styles of music
  2. The Performing strand focuses on the voice as it is deemed to be the first and most accessible instrument to every child
  3. The Composition strand aims to develop each child’s creativity as they are given a platform to express themselves


The musical elements that need to be developed within the curriculum include

  • Pulse
  • Duration
  • Tempo
  • Pitch
  • Dynamics
  • Structure
  • Timbre
  • Texture
  • Style


These musical elements form musical concepts that every teacher should aim to develop during their classes. An example of one musical concept is “a sense of pulse”.


Over the coming months we will be sharing lots of information with you that will explain the “Irish Primary Music Curriculum”


The Irish Primary Music Curriculum is at the centre of all of our music programmes. To find out more about the primary school music programmes we offer please follow this link and it will bring you to the dedicated primary school section of our website Mobile Music School Primary Music Programmes