“By 2012 we believe that all primary school pupils who want to will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.”
Secretary of State for Education & Skills, 2011
Whole Class Ensemble Tuition
- enables whole classes to learn a musical instrument together
- enables the school based staff to learn alongside their classes developing valuable skills
- is mainly aimed at Year 4 students in Somerset
- takes place during the school day and lasts 45 minutes
- puts the ensemble experience at the heart of learning music
- means many students are able to learn who may not previously have had the chance
- has had a positive impact on student attendance, achievement and self confidence
What does it involve?
- a complete musical experience including creative work, listening skills and performance
- a partnership between the school and the music service
- school based staff participation
- a springboard for sustainable instrumental teaching and learning
- a large number of instruments in school (which Somerset Music supply) and a lot of noise!
What instruments can we learn with Somerset Music?
- Steel Pans
- Music Technology
How do I get involved?
Contact a member of the Somerset Music team now to find out what is available.
What do other people say about Whole Class Ensemble Tuition projects?
“It is wonderful in that it gives all children in a school that entitlement to learn an instrument. Therefore many children who perhaps would not have thought of learning to play, discover they have a real talent for it. It has been a wonderful vehicle to raising children’s self-esteem and gives them an opportunity to perform.”
Alan Burgess, Head Teacher, St John’s First School, Frome
“I think it would be a great and brilliant opportunity to be in Frome Band and all sorts of things. I am very glad that I have been able to continue next year. And I think Mr Thomas has been a fabulous teacher, and I would like to say thank you.”
Chelsea, St Louis Catholic Primary School, Frome
“I think it is fantastic – socially and educationally.”
Bryan White, Head Teacher, Cutcombe First School, Minehead
“I think brass is a good experience and it’s a new opportunity for young people like us because it might encourage us to play the trumpet when we’re older.”
Bethany, St Louis Catholic Primary School, Frome
“The impact of high quality musical activity delivered on a regular basis in a whole class setting is paramount in not only the pupils musical development but to their emotional, social and physical well-being.”
Glyn Bowen, Interim Director, Somerset Music
“This is a great opportunity to play a great instrument and how happy I am to be with my class to play. I think my teacher is the best!”
Verity, St Louis Catholic Primary School, Frome
My Whole Class Ensemble Tuition project has been hugely successful. But how do I sustain it?
You need Continuation Tuition.
This is a Somerset Music initiative and follows on from WCET.
Continuation can be for any number of students from one to a whole class learning as one – just like WCET. .
Our package works as follows:
Somerset Music will invoice the school for continuation (on a termly basis), and the majority of schools we work with then charge the individual parent/s carers to recoup this cost. The more students you have in a group, the cheaper it is for parents/carers. For example, a group of 15 students or more can learn in a 45 minute lesson (over 30 weeks) for as little as £1.90 a week.
If your school has completed a year of WCET (or wider opportunties) we are offering students instrument hire free of charge for the first term of tuition to those taking part in Somerset Music continuation sessions!
Contact us now, to find out more.