First Access – An introduction to instrumental learning
First Access is one of the key initiatives of the government’s National Plan for Music Education. The aim of the First Access is to introduce students at Key Stages 1 – 3 to learning an instrument through weekly whole class instrumental lessons.
In Cornwall, we are able to offer a FREE one term (12 week) programme which consists of a grant to fund:
- An initial Planning session (45 minutes) between the deliverer and classroom teacher (and ideally school senior manager) to review music provision in the school and plan how First Access will be embedded
- 10 x 45 minute whole class instrumental lessons on a weekly basis on the same instrument
- A final Review meeting (45 minutes) to discuss future development of musical learning and next steps.
*FREE - First Access Training for music practitioners*
5th September at Truro School, 9.00 - 3.00 in the Music Department
The Hub has teamed with the Cornwall Music Service Trust to offer a free training day to support music leaders who are currently involved in, or who would like to become involved in, delivering whole class or large group instrumental teaching in order to support the Hub’s First Access programme.
Open discussion about the challenges of FA, sharing of best practice, how to work with large groups, planning and structuring, importance of final concerts, how to make sessions more inclusive
General Musicianship for First Access in both Primary and Secondary, how to progress, First Access ensembles, composing and improvising in the context of First Access
Practical Sessions with transferable skills in
Schools are responsible for providing their own instruments or a class set can be hired from the Hub at a subsidised rate:
How does my school access this programme?
All schools are eligible to apply for the First Access grant provided that the class for which it is being claimed has not previously participated in the First Access programme.
How to access the First Access grants – with supporting documents below
- School identifies a teacher/music leader ('the provider') to deliver the one term programme.
- If the school does not have a teacher in mind, they can contact the Hub Manager, Tanya Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of local teachers and organisations who may be able to deliver or refer to the list on Cornwall Council website - Cornwall Council website.
- School provides own instruments or arranges to hire from the CMEH Instrument service - Whole class set of instruments - Prices and Hire Form 2017-18
- Once schools have identified a provider to deliver the lessons, either the provider or school must send in the First Access Provider Programme Schedule Form to the Hub office confirming that the First Access will take place and with an overview of their programme.
- Provider undertakes initial planning meeting using the Planning Meeting Discussion form to structure conversation and capture feedback and helps school to create their School Music Plan (School Music Plan template available - Primary or Secondary)
- Provider delivers 10 whole class instrumental sessions (45 minutes each) on the same instrument. As development of the classroom teacher's skills is a key element of the programme, the classroom teacher must participate in all sessions. Schools will be unable to claim the grant if the teacher does not participate.
- Provider undertakes Review Meeting with the classroom teacher after the 10 sessions using Review Meeting Notes form, includes review of School Music Plan.
- The school must pay the provider directly and then invoice the Hub to draw down the grant. The Hub will reimburse the school for the cost of the sessions up to the value of £33.75 per session (for 12 sessions provided all sessions delivered, including meetings).
- School sends supporting documentation and invoice to Hub office to draw down their grant– documentation that we require is the School Music Plan, Sessions Register and Review Meeting Notes.
- Please note that we are unable to pay schools' invoices until all documentation has been received in the Hub office, either by email or post.
First Access Grant - information for schools - process description
School self-evaluation questions - these questions can help guide schools when reviewing their music education provision.
Whole class set of instruments - Prices and Hire Form 2017-18 - Hire form if school needs to hire a set of instruments
Please see below the document templates that have been designed to help schools to get the most out of their free First Access sessions and also help us to gain a better understanding of your school's needs.
* First Access – Provider Programme Schedule - Outline of the programme. Submit before delivery
First Access – Planning Meeting Discussion - a template to structure the initial planning meeting
*School Music Plan Template (Primary) - description of current music activity and plan for development
*School Music Plan Template (Secondary) - description of current music activity and plan for development
*First Access – Session Register - record of delivery
*First Access – Review Meeting Notes - a template to structure the post delivery meeting and capture feedback
* These documents should be completed and submitted to the Hub office by either email or post.
Recent First Access projects
Richard Lander School offered all their Key Stage 3 students the opportunity to learn either the saxophone or clarinet over the summer term. With nearly 1000 children learning an instrument, we hope lots of them will continue with their musical journeys and take up lessons!