First Access

Learning an instrument is a vital and exciting part of a young person’s musical journey.

SoundStorm works closely with primary schools and partner organisations to ensure that every Key Stage 2 class – typically in Year 4 – has the chance to learn an instrument together.
We plan schemes of work that prioritise creativity and the development of general musicianship alongside the acquisition of technical skills.

School staff are given the opportunity to learn alongside the children, with the aim of building their confidence and upskilling them to take on similar projects themselves in the future – building a legacy of good music education within the school.

The range of instruments on offer is comprehensive and includes mixed brass, clarinet, recorder, ukulele and various percussion. The Hub is committed to supporting traditional instruments, whilst embracing opportunities that take account of changes in taste and interest and introduce our young people to a wealth of cultural diversity, such as steel pans, samba and djembe drumming.

Understanding First Access

Following a recent review of provision and considering our commitment to ensuring best practice, we have developed our First Access offer to include:

  • Maximised links to national curriculum requirements
  • Increased opportunities to develop a range of transferrable musicianship skills
  • Signposted routes to progression beyond the initial foundation stage
  • The development of ensemble-playing skills
  • Consistent quality of provision with agreed schemes of work
  • An embedded approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement
  • Support for teachers in assessment and reporting to parents