First Access

Close up of trombones - St Breock at the Hall for Cornwall

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:


Schools are responsible for providing their own instruments or a class set can be hired from the Hub at a subsidised rate:

Whole class set of instruments - Prices and Hire Form 2017-18

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.  

Process for setting up First Access in schools – with supporting documents below

Supporting Documentation

First Access Grant - information for schools - process description 

School self-evaluation questions - these questions can help guide schools when reviewing their music education provision.

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.  These documents should be completed and submitted to the Hub office.  

First Access – Provider Programme Schedule - Outline of the programme.  Submit before delivery

Whole class set of instruments - Prices and Hire Form 2017-18 - Hire form if school needs to hire a set of instruments

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

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