Key2Music is a whole-class ensemble teaching programme targeted at classes of Key Stage 2 pupils.  The 2012 National Plan for Music Education requires music hubs to:

"Ensure that every child aged 5 to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument...through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes, for a minimum of a term of weekly tuition on the same instrument."

The programme receives partial government funding, making it an excellent value-for-money option for schools. It grows from strength to strength and several programmes have received national recognition, both on television and at national conferences.

Service Features

  • the programme provides schools with 30 weekly taught sessions during term time and includes the provision of instruments
  • sessons are led by a specialist professional teacher from West Sussex Music and supported by the class teacher
  • pupils achievements will be celebrated by end of term performances

Benefits to Pupils

Through high quality and enjoyable programmes, pupils have an opportunity to:

  • develop self-esteem and self-confidence
  • improve their reading and social skills
  • demonstrate a more positive attitude to schooling
  • improve their musical skills

Benefits to Schools and Academies

Feedback from previous years indicate schools see:

  • a positive impact on all pupils, including those with challenging behaviour or Special Educational Needs (SEN)
  • improved standards in music and the wider curriculum

Hiring an Instrument

Click here to apply for instrument hire at the termly cost of £20 if your child is currently part of the Key2Music or Time4Music programme at their school.


For more information, please contact us at or telephone 08452 082 182.



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“We have 90 children, our entire Year 3, learning the violin on a Wednesday morning! The teacher takes the three classes across the morning and the level of the children’s concentration and enjoyment is wonderful… and the sound is really quite lovely. All our children participate and a number go on to play the violin after the Key2Music in Year 4. The quality of music learning is significantly enhanced through West Sussex Music; the principle of inclusivity is core to our shared values and ensures every child can experience quality music education.”

Helen Williamson, Headteacher, Billingshurst Primary School - January 2016


"Key2Music has had such a positive impact on our children. It is not just learning an instrument; the children experience a wide range of curriculum objectives throughout the year. I have been learning the ukulele with the children this year and it has been very beneficial for the children to see me as a learner as well. The quality of teaching has been very good and the programme supports a broad and balanced curriculum as well as representing excellent value for money.”

Oliver Burcombe, Headteacher, Crawley Down Village C of E School - January 2016


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