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New online platform for primary music from Hal Leonard Europe

Leading music company Hal Leonard Europe has launched Essential Elements Music Class to support UK primary school teachers delivering the music curriculum.

Essential Elements (EE) Music Class from Hal Leonard Europe (HLE) is presented as being easy to use, providing fun and engaging content, and offering popular songs ‘which children love to sing’.

Drawing on the company’s extensive catalogue, the platform includes favourite hit songs from Disney, Pixar, The Beatles, The Greatest Showman, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Bob Marley and many more. New content will be added regularly as popular songs are released by artists.

According to HLE, this new resource enables teachers to integrate music-making into their schemes of work, assemblies, PSHE, and events in the wider school calendar.

EE Music Class is already used by thousands of schools across the USA and the new UK version has been adapted to meet the needs of UK teachers, including non-specialists.

Key features include:

  • Over 500 song resources, variously featuring notation, backing tracks, demonstration tracks, singalong lyrics, printable piano accompaniments and dance routine videos.
  • Classroom music lessons for years 1–6, fully planned and customisable to supplement and enhance existing schemes of work.
  • Whole-class methods for ukulele and recorder.
  • A virtual bookshelf of Hal Leonard digital books, with ideas for classroom music-making.
  • Interactive Listening Maps, featuring learning games on works from classical, film and musical theatre.
  • Downloadable activity worksheets covering a wide range of year-appropriate topics.
  • Teacher-led playlists, enabling pupils and parents to access songs and learning resources at home, with no child login required.

HLE Business Development Director Tom Farncombe said, ‘At Hal Leonard Europe, we are passionate about the importance of music in the primary classroom and acutely aware of the challenges that schools and teachers face in delivering music.

‘EE Music Class is designed to meet those challenges by being easy to use, highly flexible, and full of popular songs that teachers and children will love to sing. It’s accessible and affordable – a perfect platform for starting children on a journey for lifelong music-making.’

More information

Essential Elements Music Class is available at www.eemusicclass.co.uk, with free 30-day trials now open.

Annual subscriptions cost £99 + VAT with flexible pricing options available for Music Hubs and other multiple subscribers.