Whole Class Ensemble Teaching projects (WCET)

10-week Whole Class Ensemble Teaching projects for KS2 classes. Supporting schools not signed up to Wider Opportunities to deliver Core Role 1 of The National Plan for Music Education.

To support schools not signed up to a Wider Opportunities programme, Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership offer smaller 10-week projects, delivered by specially trained music teachers and classroom teachers, providing a stimulating and creative musical experience for children.

Ensure that every child aged five to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year … of weekly tuition on the same instrument.

Core Role 1 - National Plan for Music Education (NPME): The Importance of Music (November 2011)

Whole Class Ensemble Teaching projects

We offer the following programmes this academic year:


HandbellsTeachers are invited to a half-day CPD session, are taught the skills and are given all the resources needed to deliver this programme in- house. After a few weeks of learning, children will be performing pieces especially written for them.. The Music Partnership provide additional support  if necessary, alongside the loan of a class set of handbells, songs, a CD of backing tracks and a scheme of work for 10 lessons.

  • What's provided − loan of a class set of handbells and a scheme of work with a backing CD.


PentaglockThe 10-week Pentaglock scheme of work is written so that class teachers can deliver this programme. This is a natural progression from our handbell project and prepares pupils to use full sized tuned percussion instruments. Teachers will need to attend a half-day CPD event where they will be trained to deliver the lessons.

  • What's provided − loan of a class set of Pentaglocks (enough for one between two) and a scheme of work with a backing CD.

Bamboo Tamboo

Bamboo Tamboo this authentic Caribbean style of music is delivered by one of our instrumental teachers using brightly- coloured, different pitched tubes. The scheme of work includes playing, singing and arranging different rhythmic patterns.

  • What's provided − loan of a class set of instruments and a scheme of work.

Junk Percussion

Junk PercussionA creative approach to music-making using buckets, bins and broom sticks! Our 10-week scheme of work is delivered by a percussion specialist and could tie into other parts of the curriculum e.g. recycling or, the environment.

  • What's provided − loan of a class set of junk instruments and a scheme of work.

iPad Creative Music Making

iPadThis creative music- making project includes performing, arranging and composing music using GarageBand software on iPads. Lessons are delivered by a trained Music Partnership deliverer with involvement from the class teacher. This programme also contributes to the development of ICT across the curriculum. Delivery of the project  includes the loan of  a class set of iPads, enough for one between two.

  • What's provided − loan of iPads, enough for one between two.

Ready 2 Rock

Ready2RockHave you any budding pop stars in your school? This 10-week programme gives pupils the opportunity to explore some of the different instruments used in popular music and to learn to perform well-known songs as a whole class. It is delivered by a rock and pop specialist.

  • What's provided − loan of a class set of instruments, including electric and bass guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and microphones. The instruments will be taken away at the end of each session.

pBones Beginner Brass

pBonesTrombone specialist teachers deliver 10 weeks of tuition on pBones - the world's first plastic trombone - acting as a perfect springboard for additional lessons on brass instruments after the project has finished. The Music Partnership provides an instrument per child in the class. This 10-week programme ends with a sharing of what the pupils have learnt in such a short space of time.

  • What's provided − loan of a class set of pBones.

Interested? Ask us for more details

To find out more about a WCET Project, how it could work in your school and your setting, costs and booking, please use the e-form below.

WCET enquiries

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If you experience any problems with this form please contact music.partnership@derbyshire.gov.uk and quote form ID: ILF/609/09