Originally known as the Wider Opportunities Programme, First Access is a series of projects for whole classes, learning to play musical instruments. Since September 2008, we have been providing a programme of projects to schools with KS2 children.
For 2017-18 NMPAT will be devolving £285,000 of Government grant to Primary schools to support this initiative for ALL children. The grant is distributed on a per-capita basis amongst the schools.
Projects usually last for approximately 10 weeks, coinciding with the old Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. We would normally work with a whole class (normal maximum 30) from a single year-group for at least 45 minutes per week.
All the equipment is provided by us.
The Options and Costs
|Option 1||Two NMPAT staff working in your school for a 10 week term project with one class providing all instruments and resources||£975 per class|
|Option 2||One of our staff working as an equal partner with your own specialist capable of sharing the delivery for a 10 week project with one class, providing all instruments and resources.||£550 per class|
|Option 3||Your own specialist staff delivering whole-class instrumental projects in your school.||Nil cost|
|SoundStart||SoundStart Band. Two staff working in your school for the whole year.||£2750 per class|
If your option 3 project is agreed, your discount can be off-set against other instrumental and vocal services from NMPAT. To access the grant we will need your scheme of work and data on project participants for reporting to DFE
Types of Project available
|Let’s Play Strings||Violins and Cellos, designed for years 3 to 4.|
|Let’s Play Guitar||Whole class Guitars, designed for years 4 to 6.|
|Let’s Play Ukulele||Whole class Ukulele project, designed for years 3 to 6 - limited availability|
|Let’s Play Samba||This percussion band project is suitable for years 4 to 6 (due to the physical demands this is really not suitable for younger pupils. It also requires storage space and is loud!)|
|Let’s Play African Drums||This percussion project is suitable for years 5 and 6 (due to the physical demands this is really not suitable for younger pupils) - limited availability|
|Recorder Revolution||Rediscovering the Recorder. Suitable for years 3 to 4.|
|Let’s Play Brass||A selection of Bb brass instruments suitable for years 4 to 6|
|Let’s Play Clarinet||Whole class Clarinet project for years 4 to 6|
|SoundStart Band||A whole year (30 week) class Band project best suited for for year 5 - see further details |
First Access Plus - Continuation Projects
After the First Access experience, we hope that students will want to continue to play. We have developed specific large group continuation projects for strings, brass, wind and guitars during which the students would be introduced to music notation. Enabling them to extend their learning before committing to small group lessons
During the course of your First Access project, we will contact you with details of these next opportunities which are usually delivered at a ratio of 12 pupils per hour, in half hour sessions
With a full cohort of students, this elective extension would be available to the students at a cost of £31 per head
After a term in a First Access Plus project, students who wanted to continue would be ready for conventional small group tuition and we would look to add them to existing provision in your school or start a new group
How to request a project
Projects can be requested as part of the annual Service Level Agreement distributed to schools immediately following the Easter Holiday. To allow us to plan, this needs to be returned to NMPAT before the half term break.
What happens next?
We will contact you before the end of the year to let you know which project you will be receiving in which term.
Terms and Conditions and General Expectations
Terms and conditions and general expectations of schools, teachers and pupils can be found on the Service Level Agreements, Conditions and Commitments page.