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Cost: FREE by application – LIMITED AVAILABILITY

First Accessis the HMS whole class instrumental tuition programme that enables a whole class or year group to learn an instrument together, during the school day, with an HMS teacher. Our vision for this free programme is that it acts as a route into instrumental learning for your students, having experienced the fun and enjoyment of learning with their friends.

HMS are making Arts Council grant funding available to enable thousands of students to access the programme across the county. As this funding is limited, each school will need to complete the online application form to be considered. 

The 2022-23 First Access programme will include the following: 

  • Whole class instrumental learning for the Autumn and Spring terms
  • Each class session will last 45 – 60 minutes depending on instrument set up requirements
  • All students will have access to an instrument on a free loan, delivered to your school
  • From October half term 2021, students may be able to take their instrument home between the weekly First Access sessions
  • During the Summer term 2022, all students will have the option of large group lessons with the First Access teacher. This offer will give students who wish to continue learning their First Access instrument the experience of smaller group lessons (groups will be split within 1 hour of teacher time per class)
  • A total of 33 sessions will be offered across the year (inclusive of the Summer term large group lessons)
  • Assistance in monitoring each pupil’s musical progress throughout the year will be offered to the class teacher/s
  • The HMS teacher will work with your school to create at least one performance or presentation opportunity for the students to share their new skills
  • The first scheduled session will be for solely for the HMS teacher to meet the school member of staff joining the sessions to discuss and plan logistics, any specific SEND pupil needs, class behaviour/reward strategies and safe instrument storage etc.
  • Students may be invited to additional HMS events and courses throughout the year designed to celebrate the First Access programme across a local area or region

Your application will be considered an expression of interest and we will contact you with the available options for a project during the Summer term 2022. This offer will include the available instrument/s as well as the time/day a teacher is available. 

As part of the application, your school will be required to inform HMS how the programme would complement an existing or developing school music plan. A commitment to supporting students to continue their musical journey through instrumental lessons beyond the next academic year will also be sought. 

Your school can support the First Access programme by:

  • Providing a suitable teaching space
  • Ensuring a consistent class teacher is present during all sessions, preferably learning the instrument with the class
  • Monitoring the safe use and storage of musical instruments
  • Creating a performance opportunity in the Autumn or Spring term

As HMS works to continually improve access to music education for all students, all applications will be assessed in line with the service’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan. The questions in the application will allow your school to demonstrate how it will work in partnership with HMS to ensure that access to music education opportunities is equitable and inclusive across the county.

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