The Department of Education’s National Plan for Music states:
“Every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole class ensemble teaching programme."
We are pleased to offer First Access (Wider Opportunities) programmes for class learning as follows:
- Keyboard (if available in school);
- Strings (violin and cello);
- Samba (untuned percussion);
- Woodwind (Recorder, Clarinet or Flute);
- Bespoke first access for Special Schools.
The lessons (1 hour delivery to include set up and clear away), include singing and rhythmic skills and a class programme to learn to play an instrument in the initial stages.
Our staff work with the class teacher, or support staff (if possible, for continuity purposes, the same member of staff) to develop an ensemble over 35 weeks of the academic year.
All instruments are provided and the class will be prepared for performances to be given to the school and parents.
As with all learning, it is important that the pupils are encouraged to enjoy playing and practising. The programme has proven benefits in promoting teamwork, enjoyment in learning together as a class and a sense of achievement in performance. Musical learning also works to promote well-being, concentration and responses at an instinctive level as well as uncovering musical talent.
First Access programmes work best within a school strategy for musical learning and we are pleased to advise on continuity strategies beyond the initial programme.
Maintained school recharge code: 30A01 / 3004 / D0003