Music Explorers

Music Explorers is a programme of instrumental learning through whole class ensemble teaching which takes place during the school day and is aimed at year four pupils, as brass and woodwind instruments are not suitable for years two or three.

Schools can select from strings, brass, clarinet, jsax, samba, recorder, djembe drumming, ukulele, fife and stomp and choose a 10 week or 30 week programme, or have both programmes running at the same time, as there are no restrictions on running just one. A ten week programme starts in September, January and April.

What do the Music Hub provide?

  • We supply all instruments and support resources
  • The activity is delivered in a whole class setting by one or two Associate Music Teachers
  • Advice and information is tailored to meet with your school’s individual needs
  • Access to the South Gloucestershire Star Awards to recognise achievement and progression

What responsibilities do schools have?

  • To provide suitable spaces for each type of activity being delivered, e.g classroom or hall
  • To ensure that the class teacher is present and participating at all times. These sessions should not to be treated as PPA time. If a session is delivered without the classroom teacher present and participating in the learning, then an additional charge of £35.72 will be incurred as if this were a PPA session
  • To ensure support to the Associate Music Teacher in the management of behaviour
  • To monitor the care and safety of the instruments provided
  • To ensure that regular planning and evaluation sessions take place with staff to support the activity
  • To provide performance opportunities for the students where available

What does it cost?

  • 30 x 45 minute lessons with 15 minutes planning, liaison, set up, and instrument care on site cost £609
  • 10 x 1 class of 45 minute lessons as above £203
  • 10 x 2 classes of 45 minute lessons as above £406
  • Prices are subsidised by the Music Hub and charges are made termly in arrears
  • The Charges for Music Tuition (England) Regulations 2007 make it clear that charges may not be passed on to parents for any teaching provided under the Music Explorers programme, as part of the first access key stage 2 instrumental and vocal tuition programme

What does the cost include?

  • A fully vetted and managed Associate Music Teacher(s) with DBS
  • All Associate Music Teachers are quality assured by an observation moderation visit, along with feedback on an annual basis, which is informed by school input
  • All resources and topic related materials, including instrument provision
  • Each session is for a maximum of 32 pupils.