There are many approaches to planning vocal and instrumental lessons, and no single method or system would suit every teaching situation. Therefore, rather than providing templates or examples of planning, this section of A Common Approach gives some guidance on the principles of planning that can be applied to the individual contexts in which teachers work.
Medium-term planning should guide a sequence of lessons over several weeks, by identifying which learning objectives from the relevant Programme and Study are to be covered and what teaching strategies could be used to achieve them. Wherever possible, learners should be involved in setting their own medium-term goals. The teacher can then select appropriate learning objectives that will enable the learner to make the required progress to achieve the desired outcomes. Thus teachers can ensure that learners develop the appropriate skills and understanding from the relevant Programme of Study while making the learning meaningful to the individual, enhancing their engagement in the learning process and helping them to develop skills in self-reflection.