Whole Class Instrument Tuition 2021-22

To inspire and empower young people through access to music, Haringey Music Service works in partnership with schools to provide musical opportunities for children and young people from beginner through to advanced levels of musical prowess

Please note: Services may be purchased from 1st April, but services will be delivered as per academic year commencing 1st September.


The Whole Class Instrumental Teaching (WCIT) programme was developed by Haringey Music Service (HMS) in response to the government’s pledge to give every school child the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. It is currently accessed by more than 2,000 children across the majority of Haringey primary schools. WCIT provides the opportunity to learn an instrument in classes of up to 30 children in Year 4. These large ensemble sessions are reinforced by small group backup practise sessions in which individual students can be more closely supported. There are 10 sessions per term.

After a year, children are invited to apply to continue learning in small groups in Year 5. The programme is delivered by a team of experienced HMS DBS checked peripatetic teachers.

WCIT models currently offered:

  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello)
  • Clarinet and Trumpet
  • Classical Guitar
  • Percussion/Djembe

Instrumental Hire

HMS will hire instruments to your school, which are then allocated to the children learning. They will be encouraged to take them home to practice every week after the first half term. HMS will pay for maintenance of the instruments and minor repairs, but the school will be responsible in the case of write-off or loss.

Lessons are structured according to clear learning objectives, incorporating instrument specific and general music skills in line with the National Curriculum for Music. They include:

- Singing                                                - Music notation                                

- Listening skills                                     - Improvisation and composition

- Rhythm/pulse work                              - Developing instrumental technique

Performances to parents and peers in schools figure prominently and are an excellent way to maintain motivation. Large-scale performances have included the Schools Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, as well as MASSIVE concerts at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Alexandra Palace. The programme provides an excellent introduction to instrumental learning and many continuing pupils have shown impressive subsequent progress.


As well as delivering a large part of the National Curriculum for Music, this programme has wide-ranging benefits for the children and their schools:

- Improved self esteem                                 - Team work

- Appreciation of music                                 - Honing listening skills

- Multi-tasking - Memory work

- Value of practise at home - Performance skills and pride

Schools have been very positive about these outcomes and have reported real changes in many of the children’s attitudes to learning, self-discipline and attainment in other areas of the curriculum.

Professional Development

School staff involved with WCIT learn new skills, often incorporating them into their own teaching. It can also offer them more of an insight into classroom music teaching, extra-curricular groups and producing other school performances.

Instrumental teachers often find that WCIT hones their skills in terms of instilling correct posture and technique, as well as managing the fine balance of imparting musical and instrumental skills. Many teachers who take on this role have communicated positive developments in their general teaching, especially beginners and large ensembles.


As this project is supported by Haringey Council and Arts Council England* we are still able to offer it at a substantially subsidised rate.

Tuition/Teaching Resources: £3,692 per class, per year                                     

Instrument Hire (up to 30 instruments):£1,000 per class per year**


*The Arts Council England Music Education Hub grant is partly for instrumental teaching at KS2. The portion allocated to “First Access” (WCIT) will be divided between schools requesting the WCIT programme as this is a strategic way of targeting funds to great affect. As funds are limited, it is in the schools’ interest to REGISTER EARLY.

**The Tottenham Grammar School Foundation is keen to continue supporting this programme and will look favourably on applications (from the school) to fund the instrument hire charge of £1,000 per class per year. However, due to funding restrictions, this will be limited to 25 classes and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. This would reduce the cost to the school to £3,692


The programme is targeted at Year 4 and will last for the whole year.

The class has a lesson altogether and is then split into smaller groups for extra back up lessons.

The class teacher must participate in all whole class sessions. Please do not use as PPA time.

There will be two HMS teachers working as a team.

We will offer a concert at the end of each term as the tenth session.

We will need a large space for the first hour. For the following hour and a half we need two spaces which can be smaller.

We will need storage for the instruments from the end of July 2019 when they will be delivered ready for the start of the autumn term.

Each child will have their own instrument, which they will be encouraged to take home each week to practice.

The school will hire instruments from HMS, who will pay for upkeep and minor repairs. In the event of write-off or loss, the school would be billed additionally.

Classes (and the type of instrument they learn) will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Due to staffing constraints, it is not possible to timetable every school for afternoon sessions.


What people are saying:

An Instrumental teacher: “We are constantly learning and as ever, learn most from the children we teach. Whole class learning is inclusive and enables all to experience ensemble playing … the benefits are in abundance and far reaching, improving overall educational achievement and enriching the whole community.”

A Class Teacher: “It has been a great opportunity for the children to experience. As a class teacher, it gives me immense pride to see my class progress and impress others who watch them perform.”

A Head Teacher: “The children have gained a love for music, responsibility for their own progress and learning…”

An online group lesson observation: by a school IP: ‘children took part in a well-structured learning process, which was engaging and unmistakably focused upon the development of the children’s skills.  There was a good use of resources and materials, which showed evidence of sound planning and as a result there was a good degree of challenge and progression of skill development. Assessment and feedback featured.


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