Music is a practical subject; it is academic, creative, technical, intellectual and challenging. Musical learning is about thinking and acting musically. This means that music lessons should be about learning in and through music, not solely about music. Music lessons in school should be focussed on developing children’s imagination and creativity, building up pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding. Children come to school with a lifetime of musical experiences, which is practical and experiential, and which have contributed to their aural memory. Their music lessons in school, therefore, should not assume that they know nothing and have no prior musical experience.
(Incorporated Society of Music 2019