What is First Access*?

First Access compliments the music provision in your school. Primarily aimed at Key Stage 2 students, we send in one of our specialist FAST tutors to teach whole classes for 45 minutes at ten weeks per term. All tutors have been assessed by an external body to ensure the very highest quality of teaching and learning within the classroom. We have a free offer of one term per school, and for those wishing to have a fuller programme, the options are listed below.

We carefully match tutor to school, instrument and timetable requirements. The sooner we hear from schools, and the more flexible they can be with timetabling, the easier it is to fulfil their request. If you have particular requirements, let us know via the request form below, and we will do our best to meet your request.

*First Access was once known as WCIT (Whole Class Instrumental Teaching), and Wider Opportunities.

 Why use First Access?

Our First Access is designed to help you create and improve the musical culture within your school. It compliments your classroom music teaching, involves whole classes, and is the first step in leading to small group/1-to-1 teaching for students, the creation of ensembles and music groups in your school, engagement with our county music ensembles, and opens up the possibilities of the benefits of music to them.

Before the half-term break, our tutor will have a letter to send to parents through the school that advertises the progression routes available from their child having attended First Access, so as to encourage your students and parents in being involved in the development of their school’s musical life.

What is the cost?

  • £600 for one year per year group;
  • £300 for two terms per year group;
  • Free offer for one KS2 year group in one term.

Each term of First Access costs the Music Service around £400 to deliver, so by having two terms, you receive £800 worth of tuition, and for three terms worth £1,200 for 50%.

What instruments do you offer?

We usually offer tuition in instruments that the school owns, or has access to, such as djembe (African drums), through to full sets of brass instruments.

Those schools where there is nothing available to use, we have a limited number of class sets of instruments, such as pBuzzes and fifes, which would be on free hire for the duration of the course, subject to availability. If schools wish to continue to use the set of instruments, they would be invited to purchase their own set. Individual students would either purchase their own, or use our Instrument Hire Scheme.

Over the past few years we have given schools sets of instruments to keep (such as ukuleles and recorders); now that has reached saturation, we are no longer offering that, and instead focusing funds on offering more delivery and in offering instruments that offer better musical progression.

First Access Request Form

  • We subsidise all First Access tuition by 30%.
  • You will receive 10 sessions of 45 minutes each (plus 15 minutes tutor preparation time) per term requested.
  • Option 3 (free tuition for one term) is for one KS2 year group, and cannot be split across classes during the year (i.e. all in one term, not Class A in Autumn, Class B in Spring etc).
  • A classroom teacher must be present throughout the sessions.



 Option 1 £600 for three terms (per year group) Option 2 £300 for two terms (per year group) Option 3 free tuition for one year group for one term (as per conditions listed below)