Wider Opportunities

30-week instrumental programmes of whole class instrumental teaching. Supporting schools to deliver Core Role 1 of the National Plan for Music Education, and contributing to a broad and balanced curriculum

Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership offers 30-week programmes of whole class ensemble teaching to KS2 pupils (aimed primarily at year 4), delivered by specially trained teachers. These programmes are designed to meet the requirement of the National Plan for Music Education Core Role 1 and contributing to a broad and balanced curriculum.

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 … of weekly tuition on the same instrument.
Core Role 1 − National Plan for Music Education (NPME): The Importance of Music (November 2011)


Instrumental programmes

We offer programmes of Wider Opportunities in four instrumental categories:

  • Woodwind − Fife, Flute, Oboe and Clarinet
    Brass − Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Baritone and/or Euphonium
    Strings − Violin, Viola, Cello and/or Double Bass; Ukulele
    World Percussion − Djembe (African drums); Samba Band; Steel Pans

Year-long programmes consist of thirty 45-minute lessons spread over three terms, timetabled at a convenient time for you. A class set of instruments will also be provided along with any resources for follow-up activities.

Benefits for schools

  • Pupils are taught within a normal classroom situation.
  • Performances are planned into the programme, giving parents the opportunities to share in their children's success.
  • Class teachers get 'in house' professional development which augments and supports music provision in school.

Benefits for pupils

  • Pupils develop their musical skills in a creative way, participating in rhythm games and singing and learning to play instruments.
  • Pupils' self-confidence grows as they learn alongside each other and their teachers.
  • The opportunity to continue instrumental tuition after the programme has ended.

Interested? Ask us for more details

Wider Opportunities booking for 2019-20 will open in the spring term of 2019. If you want to find out more, please complete the e-form below



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