First Access

Children seated on the floor playing gamelan instruments

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 grant to schools to fund a specialist to deliver a 12 week programme which consists of:

Is my school eligible for this funding?

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.

Update for Autumn 2020

Following the Government's guidance issued on 2nd July 2020, we will be offering First Access in the following instruments:

Teachers will be able to visit schools but we are also looking at some online delivery to support.  Instruments will be available to hire from us and we recommend that each student has their own designated instrument and does not share.  All of our instruments will have been deep cleaned prior to delivery.  

How to access the First Access Grant

Please see below the documents 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 must be submitted to the Hub office in order to access the grant:

* These documents should be completed and submitted to the Hub office by email - 

Other Supporting Documents

Online Whole Class Instrument Hire Form - Please complete this online form if your school wishes to hire instruments from us.

First Access – Planning Meeting Discussion - A template to structure the initial planning meeting, you do not need to send in this form.  

First Access School Self Evaluation Questions for Planning Meeting - These questions can help guide schools when reviewing their music education provision.   Schools do not need to submit this document to us.

Instruments for First Access

Schools are responsible for organising their own instruments for the First Access.

A class set can be hired from the Hub at the subsidised rate of £70 for a term (for a set of up to 35 instruments), subject to availability.  

These class sets include: African percussion, Brass, Woodwind and Strings (single instrument or mixed), Gamelan (Indonesian Tuned Percussion), Guitars, Keyboards, Ocarinas and Fifes (£35 per term) Taiko Drums, Ukuleles and Samba. 

Online Whole Class Instrument Hire Form 

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