First steps in instrumental playing for all

Every child can access free instrumental learning as part of the National First Access scheme. These programmes introduce pupils to instrumental learning in a fun and inclusive way. They are carefully designed to develop pupils’ love of, confidence and progress in music, while also enhancing their personal and educational development as a whole. Options include:

  • Recorder
  • Violin
  • Ukulele
  • Guitar
  • Voice
  • Clarinet
  • Wind Band
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Rock and Pop

Sessions include a wide variety of musical activities and build musical understanding in a progressive and fun way. The use of voice is integral to the sessions and can contribute to overall vocal development within your school.

Each school can access subsidised teaching time to put towards our range of programmes and free training for one nominated member of school based staff.


Length of Programme
1 hour per week for the year £2,385
1 hour per week for the year £3,925
2 teachers wind band programme
1.5 hours per week for the year (2x45mins) £3,530
2 hours per week for the year £4,575
3 hours per week for the year £6,720
4 hours per week for the year £8,995
5 hours per week for the year £10,955

The DMS teacher has helped children's musical skills and understanding improve and she is wholly inclusive and supportive of all children. With her professionalism and passion she feels like a member of our staff.

Mrs N. Noble, St Cuthbert's School, Seaham

Please note some programmes will incur a small maintenance fee for upkeep of instruments.