First Access

Learning an instrument for the first time is an exciting part of a young person’s musical journey and something we believe every child should experience. 

SoundStorm works closely with primary, first and junior schools to ensure that every Yr. 4 class is given the chance to learn an instrument together. Hub partners plan schemes of work that prioritise  the development of foundation musicianship skills alongside technical and ensemble playing. 

School teaching staff are given the opportunity to learn alongside students, to build their confidence and to upskill them to be part of similar inputs moving forward, thereby building skills legacy within the school.

The range of instruments is comprehensive and includes mixed brass, clarinet, flute, recorder, ukulele, violin, cello and mixed percussion. The Hub is committed to supporting traditional instruments, whilst embracing opportunities that take account of changes in taste and wider cultural interests and in doing so, introduce young people to broader concepts that support inclusion, through the use of instruments such as steel pans, samba and djembe drumming.

Getting the most out of First Access

The First Access offer regardless of which instrument is chosen by your school includes: 

  • Links to national curriculum requirements and the new Model Music Curriculum recommendations 
  • Opportunities to develop a range of transferrable musicianship skills 
  • Support with progression beyond the initial foundation and towards small group or individual tuition 
  • The development of foundation ensemble-playing skills
  • Consistent quality of provision with approved schemes of work across all Hub practitioners 


Phone + 01202 123012
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c/o Absolute Music
3-5 Knighton Heath Estate
855 Ringwood Road
Bournemouth, Dorset
BH11 8NE


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