First Access Sostenuto

First Access Sostenuto

Sustained Whole Class Instrumental Teaching for 1 Academic Year

Suitable for: KS2 / KS3 / Alternative Provision / SEND (KS1 by agreement)

Cost & subsidy:

  • £1,800 for three terms of classroom tuition and all learning resources
  • Packages for additional year groups can be purchased at the full programme delivery cost of £2,644

This programme is subsidised through the Music Education Grant. Each school applying to participate will be able to access the programme for one year group (mixed year-groups for small schools)

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The sustained model for First Access delivery across the academic year. Grant-funded programme for music instrument learning.


Choose First Access Sostenuto when:

  • Your school wants to provide a whole class instrumental programme across the academic year that fits into your progressive curriculum pathway for music.
  • 45 minutes curriculum delivery time per class, per week (and a member of staff to support the delivery of the programme) for the year is available.
  • You want a programme to enable children to learn on instruments found in standard music ensembles such as bands, orchestras, and popular music groups.
  • You can support children to progress onto other programmes of instrumental learning, e.g. group instrumental lessons, or playing in a school music group (band or other ensemble).
  • Your school is committed to children’s cultural entitlement and the principles outlined within the National Plan for Music Education.

First Access Sostenuto Instruments:

Brass: Cornet/Trumpet, French Horn/Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone


Recorder: Descant, Treble



Including: toots; doods; pbuzz; pbone; and ptrumpet

We also have instruments ideal for SEND pupils. We are happy to advise which instruments will best suit your group.

We are happy to advise which instruments will best suit your group

Sostenuto, a musical term meaning sustained, is our First Access programme that provides pupils the opportunity to take part in a sustained and progressive period of tuition on a musical instrument for an academic year. The National Plan for Music Education charges Music Education Hubs to: Ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.

Our First Access Instrumental Teaching programmes involves every child in the experience of live music making and ensemble playing. Within this whole year programme, we can also include group singing and composing, as well as playing, listening, and performing.

Schools delivering Whole Class Instrumental Tuition enable all children to succeed through learning a musical instrument, including those whose only chance to experience might be through this opportunity provided at school, or those who need additional support for other reasons.

Programme Delivery Model

  • Weekly sessions of 45 minutes duration per class, delivered by a specialist music tutor for the whole academic year (based on minimum delivery of thirty-three and maximum thirty-six sessions).
  • Includes FREE* Charanga membership and access to Charanga resource training session. This interactive web-based teaching and learning music resource is worth £195 – £295 per year. (Secondary Schools that want a Charanga annual licence will receive a discount towards the cost of the Secondary School licence which currently retails at £450 +VAT)
  • The Music Service will supply a class set of musical instruments for the duration of the programme.
  • Performances at key learning junctions for parents, or in-school achievement assembly.
  • Access to local area music centres.

At the point of completing the booking form you will be asked to select your preferred instruments. Due to resource availability, we may not be able to guarantee delivery of your first choice.

Make a quick request for this because:

  • 2022-23 Funding available for up to 71 programmes in individual schools (first-come-first-served basis)