Service Level Agreements:

Opportunities, Commitments and Conditions

Services provided to schools can be ordered through a Service Level Agreement (SLA) issued annually.   The booking process for the 2022-2023 academic year will open shortly after the Easter break.

The SLA should be completed online.  You can see your current provision by logging in to your school account at

In order to support the ongoing process of rebuilding a balanced curriculum, we are pleased to be able to hold our charges at the same level for 2022-2023.  A summary of services and charges can be found here:

Further down page you will find information to assist you in completing the Service Level Agreement for your school:

If you need additional information or support to complete your SLA, please contact the NMPAT Office:

Thank you for continuing to support and work with us.

SLA outline

The Government wants every child to have the opportunity to play a musical instrument.  To help you meet this aspiration, NMPAT are devolving £310,000 of government money to schools as a grant to enable every child to have a First Access experience during their primary school career.

Once a school has provided a First Access experience for a whole year group, any residual funding – or the whole school allocation if delivered through Option C: In school delivery – can be used as a discount against other services purchased from NMPAT. This arrangement is reviewed annually.

Some schools may have had projects in 2021-2022 which were delivered to multiple year groups (e.g. in shared classes) and therefore do not need to book a project for 2022-2023.  In some cases it may be possible to request an additional project, otherwise you will be able to book again for 2023-2024.

For full details of the options available please see our dedicated page for First Access Whole Class Projects.             

To make your request, please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.

Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

Creative United and OHMI

Since 2020, NMPAT have been partnering with OHMI Trust and Creative United on the successful “Inclusive Access to Music Making” project, to provide adaptive instruments for children with additional needs.  Resources will be provided at no cost to schools, helping to remove barriers to music making for all.  Following submission of your online SLA, you will receive a questionnaire about the children in the year group you select for any projects, in order for resources to be provided where necessary.

National Curriculum teaching

NMPAT can provide NC curriculum teaching in schools, from Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2.  

For more details including requirements from the school, please see our dedicated page for Curriculum music lessons.

NMPAT are also able to provide support for students taking exams with technology elements, including GCSE, BTEC and A Level courses.  Please use the online form to indicate whether you would like support in this area.

Bespoke support

We are happy to support you in any aspect of your school’s musical development and can provide consultancy support for:

  • induction of new staff
  • support for non-specialist teachers
  • developing a music curriculum within your school
  • teaching and learning in the music classroom
  • support for Arts Mark application
  • preparation for Ofsted

For further information please contact Chris Hiscock, Head of Curriculum Music on

To make your request, please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.

Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

In order to help you build a broad and balanced curriculum for your students, NMPAT can deliver a rich variety of projects and services including: 

  • Fresh Beats Contemporary Popular Music Projects (KS2)
  • Big Sings and Academy Chain Sings (KS1, KS2 and KS3)
  • Let’s Get Playing (KS1)
  • Music for Well-being Projects (KS1 and KS2)
  • Let’s Sing Vocal Projects (KS1 and KS2)
  • Primary Vocal Curriculum (KS1 and KS2)
  • Reach the Stars projects for SEND children and young people

These projects and services can be funded by residual grant money.  Additional guidance can be found below. 

To make your request, please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.

Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

Requests for lessons can be made through our online database iPresto, which also allows you to view your current provision.  The same booking form can be used to request ensemble directors (including piano accompanists), after school clubs, Music Production tuition and Music Therapy.

Ensembles directors, including piano accompanists, can help with a range of bands, orchestras and choirs.  Please add a “note” to your booking to state whether the ensemble takes place on a specific day, or any other information that may be useful in the timetabling process.

For more information please see our dedicated page for school lessons.  Additional details on our Music Therapy provision can be found on our dedicated page for the Reach the Stars programme.

You can find introductory videos on each department on our YouTube Channel: Thinking of learning an instrument…

To make your request, please find access to the booking form here: (please note this form allows you to make repeat updates to your submission during the booking period).  The contract between your school and NMPAT applies for the full academic year.  Please ensure you read the full terms and conditions.

Submission deadline: Monday 27th June 

Your visiting teachers will be happy to liaise with you about arranging tuition for next year. If you would like to explore widening the disciplines in your school, please contact the relevant Head of Department:

N.B – if your school is already operating on the NMPAT Direct Billing of Parents scheme, please refer to the information emailed to your school on Tuesday 19th April.

Additional Projects and Services guidance

Fresh Beats is a small class learning format for year 4, 5 and 6 covering the rudiments of contemporary popular music. Weekly classes can be after-school or during the school day.

Projects take place in weekly 30 minute sessions with 6 students at a time.  The minimum booking requirement is 1 hour for 12 students. 

During the project students will learn the core elements of drumming, keyboard, guitar and vocals.

Sessions will be held for 10 weeks a term with regular performance opportunities. Equipment is provided although schools can purchase their own equipment with advice from NMPAT if they wish to do so.

For a discussion prior to booking, please contact John Draper, Head of Guitars: 

To make your request for Fresh Beats, please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.

Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

Let’s Sing Vocal Projects are suitable for KS1 and KS2 and consist of 5 weekly sessions with one of our vocal specialists.  The projects provide fun singing sessions, tailored to meet the needs of the students and, where appropriate, the project can culminate in a short performance.

Primary Vocal Curriculum – new for 2022!

The curriculum can be delivered to KS1 and KS2, usually as a class group but in some cases larger groups can be considered.  Projects consist of 10 weekly 30 minute sessions with minimum delivery of 60 minutes per week (two sessions / classes).

The project is designed to develop the skills and enjoyment of healthy singing from Reception to Year 6, while meeting the KS2 Expected Minimum Standards and six of the seven areas of the Model Music Curriculum.

NMPAT Big Sing brings together schools from across the county, to perform as one massed choir.   In 2023, we have been granted the rights to perform a very exciting musical show! The performances will be in March 2023 and application forms are sent to interested schools during the Autumn term – places are limited.

Academy Trust / Cluster singing projects

An opportunity for schools in your academy chain, or a group of local schools, to collaborate on a combined choral event. Tailored to the needs of each group of schools, these can culminate in large scale Big Sing style events or smaller cluster sings.

Further information on all of these services can be found on our dedicated page for Vocal Projects

To make your request for all vocal projects, please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.

Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

Projects are made up of five weekly 45 minute sessions with an NMPAT EYFS/KS1 specialist and use fun and games, exploring the elements of music with percussion instruments.


Once booked, schools will be able to choose from a list of project themes with repertoire to complement the broader curriculum, including: Going Places, Once Upon a Time, Kings and Queens, Space, Fossils, Animal Antics, and more!


Let’s Get Playing projects can either be booked as a before / after school club, with a maximum of 16 children, or as a whole class project (supported by the class teacher) during the school day. 
With the Model Music Curriculumin mind, non-specialist class teachers work alongside the NMPAT teacher, developing practical skills and knowledge that will aide their continuing delivery of music. For Reception class projects, reference will be made to the Early Years Framework and Musical Development Matters. 
To make your request please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.
Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

NMPAT is able to offer schools a 5 week project designed to support pupils’ mental and emotional well-being as they return to school. As all learning is emotional state-dependent, we propose a musical curriculum which supports the NHS 5 Steps to Well-being:

  • Connect with other people
  • Be physically active
  • Learn new skills
  • Give to others
  • Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Through a carefully crafted unit of 5 lessons which include mindfulness, singing, listening, breathing exercises, movement, body and found-object percussion work led by a member of NMPAT staff, pupils will:

  • Possess the tools, skills and language to describe and handle their emotions
  • Build stronger connections, find commonalities with their peers, and widen their perceptions
  • Be more mindful and be better equipped to handle stress in their lives
  • Have gained musical knowledge and skills which can be applied to any instrument or voice

Who this is intended for:

  • Whole classes in Key Stage 1 or 2
  • Classes or smaller groups of pupils that are identified as struggling emotionally or socially

What the NMPAT Teacher will need:

  • A classroom or large space that is preferably free of clutter, with chairs
  • If possible: access to an Interactive White Board and sound system
  • Another responsible adult in the room i.e. Class Teacher or TA

Feedback from pilot school: “Their concentration in maths was markedly improved” – Y4 Class Teacher

To make your request for well-being projects, please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.

Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

NMPAT’s Reach the Stars programme delivers practical music education with and for children and young people with additional needs, supporting Special Schools and DSP units (Designated Special Provision, in schools), throughout the county.

To make your request for Reach the Stars projects, please use the online booking form, details of which will be emailed to schools after the Easter break.

Submission deadline: Monday 23rd May 2022

Further information can be found on our dedicated page for Reach the Stars

Partnership working

NMPAT commits to provide for this Service Level Agreement:

The ability and capacity to provide for all of your musical education requirements, including:

  • First Access whole class teaching and progression routes
  • small group and individual lessons
  • music curriculum delivery
  • ensemble coaching, small group teaching and music clubs
  • instrumental and vocal provision
  • access to exam entry and medal assessment – ABRSM and Trinity – and to accompanists
  • access to continuation routes including Regional Centres and auditioned County Groups

NMPAT provides specialist music education professionals – all of our staff are:

  • subject to a safer recruitment process and enhanced DBS disclosures
  • trained and certificated in Safeguarding for children and young people
  • expected to wear NMPAT identification
  • highly skilled and qualified music professionals that participate in ongoing CPD and keep up to date with developments in their practice

Access to and provision from NMPAT’s stock of over 10,000 maintained instruments:

  • Instruments provided for all First Access delivery
  • Instrument loan available for small group delivery
  • Access to specialist and high value instruments
  • Teaching and practice instruments – e.g. double basses in schools

NMPAT provides the management, administration and organisational infrastructure to support delivery, including:

  • all appropriate employer’s liability and public liability insurances
  • management of staff and resolution of concerns or disputes
  • timetabling
  • administration
  • all matters relating to NICs, holiday pay, absences, sickness, maternity or paternity leave, etc.
  • subsidised costs – through National Music Grant and additional fundraising from other sources – including some access to bursaries and fees remissions for students

Collaboration with NMPAT provides access for young people to a wide range of progression routes and follow up opportunities:

  • Regional Centres and Rock Schools
  • residential courses
  • masterclasses, family play days, careers events, audition support
  • Auditioned County Groups
  • concerts and performance opportunities – including participation opportunities with the annual Music for Youth festival series
  • bursaries and fees remission support
  • theory and aural support for exam entrants

Schools can expect their NMPAT instrumental teachers to be willing to:

  • have a coherent scheme of work for projects, as appropriate (e.g. for First Access)
  • liaise with parents through the use of NMPAT practice diaries
  • plan sessions with shared deliverers, as appropriate
  • discuss progress with schools and teachers
  • support schools with concerts as far as possible
  • discuss opportunities for ongoing support facilitated by school staff, as appropriate
  • provide written reports once a year for small group and individual instrumental students

As a school inviting NMPAT to work in partnership, you commit to:

  • Ensure that there is a designated contact person to liaise with NMPAT and to provide their name and contact
  • Offer a direct line of communication with NMPAT teachers and make them feel valued as members of staff in the school
  • Ensure your NMPAT teachers are aware of relevant dates in the school calendar, e.g. INSET days, school trips, concerts, and similar
  • Provide your NMPAT teachers with all relevant medical and social information about pupils being taught and Health and Safety information relating to your site
  • Ensure there is an appropriate space and environment for the project or teaching to take place, with suitable visibility for safeguarding purposes and where music making can take place uninterrupted and without disturbing others
  • Where appropriate, enable concerts and sharing of work with parents and audiences – for example at the end of a project – and to liaise over the administration, presentation and delivery of these
  • Where students participating in small group and individual lessons and are provided with an instrument, to support the requirement for this to be registered with our instrument loan scheme via paperwork administered by trust staff
  • From time to time be invited, as representatives from the school, to attend concerts or events and experience NMPAT’s work in practice, particularly if the school’s students are performing
  • From time to time, NMPAT may ask schools to disseminate information to students about our Regional Centres / County Groups /  other activities. Please do let us know if there are opportunities to provide information to be included in school newsletters, book bags, or similar

Students must, where appropriate, provide their own music books, strings and reeds, as advised by the instrumental or vocal teacher. Every effort will be made to offer students the free loan of an instrument (subject to availability and not including guitars, keyboards and drum kits) particularly in the early stages of study.

Advice for students

  • You will be expected to commit to learning and practice between lessons – remember the more you play, the better you get
  • You will be provided with a practice diary for your teacher to write down what you should be practicing between lessons and for you to record when you have practiced  
  • Aim to make music every day if you can
  • Always remember to think about your posture
  • Listen for a good sound
  • Have fun when you make music, that way your personality will shine through your music

Communication, conditions and confirmation

School contact details

Help us communicate more effectively with you, by checking the email addresses we hold for your school.  Changes can be made by logging into the school Presto account or by emailing

It is now possible for us to store up to 5 email addresses for your school.


Please tell us how we are doing. It is important that we know what our customers think of us and we appreciate any comments or thoughts you might like to share.

Last year, once again, 95% of your responses graded us as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’.  We welcome your feedback and support during this year as we re-build from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

This can be done in the Feedback and Data Return section of the online SLA.  You can also leave feedback at any time via the Contact Us page of our website.

Data return

Please help us report to the Department for Education about the level of ensemble activity in your school. We have one of the most musical counties in the country and we want to shout about it. 

Where you have told us that you had ensembles running in school during the academic year 2021-2022, we will be in contact to obtain data to add to our DfE reporting.

Please ensure you have provided the name and contact email address for the most appropriate person in school for each strand of the SLA, in addition to the person who has completed and submitted the form.  This in the final section of  the online SLA.

By submitting your request for small group and individual tuition on your school Presto account you are confirming that you agree to the terms and conditions above.

"All children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument"

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