First Access/Whole Class Ensemble Teaching 4th Jan 2017 Bradford on Avon
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First Access/Whole Class Ensemble Teaching 4th Jan 2017 Bradford on Avon

First Access/Whole Class Ensemble Teaching 4th Jan 2017 Bradford on Avon

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Wiltshire Music Centre

Winsley Road

Bradford-on-Avon

BA15 1DZ

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For primary school music teachers and co-ordinators, and Associate Providers

First Access: What is it? Why should I know? How can it work? Fresh ideas!!

The National Music Plan states that "every child ... [should have] the opportunity to learn a musical instrument ... through whole class ensemble teaching programmes ... for a minimum of a term." Originally known as the Wider Opportunities Programme, First Access is a series of projects for whole classes, learning to play musical instruments.

In Wiltshire we provide subsidies to primary schools who use Associate Providers with recognised First Access skills and experience, as well as subsidised access to sets of instruments, from ipads to Ocarinas.

The aim of the session is provide educators in the opportunity to learn about First Access if you are currently unaware, and to stimulate development of good practice for more experienced teachers.

This session provides a practical demonstration by David Garcia (Associate First Access provider who has been developing two new forms of First Access both in the classroom, and using the interent) opportunities to find out about, and exchange different approaches to whole class instrumental music making, and information about the subsidies available.

Martin Stewart (Hub Development Manager: First Access) will also be doing a session on how First Access looks in Wiltshire now, and how it could look in the future. This will be open discussion, and aim to inform and stimulate. As well as this Martin will be advising delegates on the new models and opportunities across the county.

This is one of a set of four First Access meetings that will take place across the county in January and May 2017.


The forums are open to all teachers and tutors who are delivering FA/WCET in Wiltshire Schools. Please feel to attend if you are not an associate provider, and working for/in a school.

There will be Tea and Coffee provided.

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