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Whole class first access

Give your pupils a great start in music, support the curriculum, and build class teachers' skills and confidence

Whole class first access (also known as whole class ensemble teaching or WCET) is a great way to introduce pupils to learning an instrument and to musical concepts, and to support the curriculum. It builds confidence in music in both pupils and the class teachers, and hopefully inspires them to find ways to continue to make and learn music – including learning an instrument.

To find out more about whole class first access programmes please contact the schools team on music@westsussexmusic.co.uk.

Key2Music - Key Stage 2

A one-year, 30-week whole class ensemble teaching (WCET) programme designed for a Key Stage 2 classes. No previous experience of music is expected but we have designed the curriculum to continue seamlessly on the concepts covered in GetIn2Music (see below). Includes:

  • 30-week WCET programme across the academic year for one class of children
  • One West Sussex Music teacher leads the session supported by the class teacher
  • Up to 45 minutes of high-quality music tuition
  • Pupils achievements can be celebrated by a presentation in the final sessions each term
  • Supports the curriculum and upskills the class teacher

1Term2Learn - Key Stage 2

1Term2Learn is a one-term (10-week) whole class ensemble teaching (WCET) programme for Key Stage 2 pupils. It introduces pupils to learning an instrument, builds musical skills, and hopefully inspires them to take up lessons. It includes:

  • 10-week WCET programme across one term
  • One West Sussex music teacher leads the session supported by the class teacher
  • Up to 45-minutes of high-quality music tuition each week
  • Free loan of instruments provided by West Sussex Music for the duration of the programme for use in school
  • Pupils’ achievements can be celebrated by an end of term presentation
  • Standard 10-week scheme of work

GetIn2Music - Key Stage 1

A two-year 60-week WCET programme designed for year 1 and year 2 pupils (aged 5-7). This inspiring programme engages pupils through active learning and the use of carefully structured and enjoyable activities. Innovative and interactive teaching resources will be shared with staff and children to embed their learning. It includes:

  • 60-week whole-class teaching for one class of children over two academic years
  • Free loan of instruments as appropriate to the programme
  • One West Sussex Music teacher leads the session supported by the class teacher
  • 45 minutes of high-quality music tuition
  • Pupils’ achievements can be celebrated with a concert/presentation in the final session each term
  • Supports the curriculum and upskills the class teacher

Testimonials

What people are saying

The children and I are very much enjoying our current K2M programme with Emily Hall learning ukulele. Over half of the children in the class now have their own ukuleles which are really good news as it means they can now use ‘MusicWorld’ as part of Charanga to play their instrument at home. I am also confident that these children will be keen to attend an after school club to continue playing the ukulele when the K2M year ends which is great! It is likely that this will interest other year groups too so we may have a growing ukulele group at Easebourne thanks to West Sussex Music!

An inspiring music education, like that on offer through West Sussex Music, is an entitlement for every child. It can be extremely fun and increases the children’s listening, concentration, literacy and language skills. It supports mathematical thinking, physical co-ordination and promotes team work and leadership skills. Children’s confidence increases as they perform. It is a core part of primary education for ….” Music has a power of forming the character and should be introduced into the education of the young” (Aristotle)….still SO true today as we watch our West Sussex Music Violin Ensemble and choir take to the stage!!

I really wanted to send you a message to say a personal thank you for all your help with Joe, Lily and Theo. They had a fabulous time with you for the three days and thanks to your work, Lily had the confidence to join in with a performance for a big family party we had at the weekend. I know for a fact she would not have done it if it wasn’t for the time she had with you at the Rock school. This has now given us a special memory being able to perform as a family. (We did it once, one song, but she was petrified and only sang a little back up with Joe. This time she sang solo!!!) THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. They would really love to join in with Rock School again in the future so please keep us updated. Look forward to seeing you again sometime.

Just to say thank you very much for all the effort and support to those involved with and supporting the choir’s participation at the National Music Festival. It was a great opportunity to perform at a unique venue and benefit from the experience of listening to other choirs.

As a parent, listening to the children sing is quite simply inspirational and a joy to behold. I was very proud of them all.

Thank you very much.

Firstly can I just say on behalf of Bethany how much she enjoyed the advanced performers course. A big thank you to you and your wonderful team. Bethany would not have volunteered for this a year ago but she really loved the experience and said how much she would like to go again, which has to be a result!!!! We were also blown away at the talent on show in the concert and really enjoyed the diversity of the performances, especially the Mozart played by the string ensemble.

We have used the music service for many years now for both my children, so a big thank you to all the staff of various instruments we have tried along the way for their support and encouragement over the years!

1term2learn has offered opportunities for our children that they normally may not have. The children really enjoy the sessions and the team delivering the lessons are professional and enthusiastic. Some of our children who find classwork a challenge have blossomed in music and we believe that it is a great avenue for boosting confidence and self-esteem.

We have run Key2Music for ten years with West Sussex Music. Every child in year 4 learns the violin with the scheme as I believe that every child should have high-quality instrumental teaching in their primary school years and this is how we ensure ALL children can access the best possible tuition. The quality of the planning, provision and tuition which covers music curriculum requirements, singing and instrumental teaching is of the highest quality. I am amazed and thrilled every year as I watch the concerts and see children focused and enjoying music; achieving and experiencing at such a good standard. Staff from West Sussex Music are reliable and dedicated, always willing to share ideas and develop music with us. I cannot think of another initiative that we have bought into and stuck with for so long which is a testament to its success for us in our school.

We ran our 1Term2Learn clarinet lessons as an ‘after school club’ which meant we had children from year 3 up to year 6 learning together. After a few weeks, the children had learnt up to five notes and had a small repertoire of pieces they could play along with excellent backing tracks. The parents were very impressed with the informal concert the children gave on the final session. It was a brilliant way to give a lot of children a quality, vibrant musical experience that they might not otherwise have had, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

All our KS2 children learn musical instruments throughout the autumn term, using the 1Term2Learn programme, which allows us to offer a different instrument each year. We are delighted that we have increased the take-up of peripatetic lessons and we are hoping to build this further as we offer this to children eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Feedback from parents and children has been extremely positive.

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