A Common Approach

A curriculum for vocal and instrumental teaching

A Common Approach is an online resource to support music educators in their teaching practice and help develop a holistic approach to music education. Relevant to all vocal and instrumental teaching, including individual, small-group, large-group and whole-class lessons, music educators at all stages of their career can use the support and shared learning found in A Common Approach.

Twenty years after the original version of A Common Approach was published, Music Mark has worked with a skilled team of music tutors from across the UK to update and enhance this valuable teaching tool. Containing both universal guidance and instrument-specific content, this online resource not only provides a great starting point for trainee and early-career tutors, but also gives those who are more experienced the opportunity to reflect on their practice.


Bridget Whyte
Chief Executive of Music Mark
April 2022

In the short video below, editor and coordinator Catherine Brentnall asks ‘what is A Common Approach?’ and demonstrates how you can use it in your teaching practice.

For a quick walkthrough of the site and an introduction to the Programmes of Study, take a look at our other videos Exploring the A Common Approach resource and The Programmes of Study.

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