Primary progression routes

What happens after the first access programme?

To make the very best of your First Access programme, Durham Music Service has  created several pathways for progression that best suit the needs of your pupils. Options include:

  • Whole class instrumental learning for a subsequent year after First Access.
  • Lessons in large groups, funded by school.
  • Enrichment Programmes
  • Lessons in smaller groups. Pupils are registered with Durham Music Service and parents are invoiced directly.

Small group instrumental lessons

After pupils have completed their First Access Programme they will be given the opportunity to sign up for small group lessons. This involves weekly lessons with a Music Service Teacher in school time. Instrument Hire is available and a discounted Instrumental Purchase Scheme is also open to all Music Service pupils. Small group pupils can also join one of our many ensembles which perform regularly around the area including prestigious venues such as Sage Gateshead. For more information, please speak to your visiting Durham Music Service teacher or contact us.

Pupil premium

All schools can receive a subsidy towards their First Access provision from Durham Music Service. Many schools also choose to use Pupil Premium to enhance their music provision, due to the wider benefits our programmes bring.