First access to instrumental music making

There are many benefits to learning a musical instrument. As well as developing instrumental and vocal skills, learning how to play an instrument also helps students to improve many core skills such as memory, co-ordination, self-discipline, motivation, time management, team work, confidence, creativity and imagination.

Overture is a highly subsidised, targeted programme of instrumental learning that supports groups of students to learn to play instruments in school. We are offering the scheme to primary and secondary level students in KS2 and KS3 (Year 7/8 students).

Instrumental tuition on a specific agreed instrument is given to two groups of between seven and ten students learning in 30-minute sessions. We agree the instrument to be learnt with the school (subject to availability).

Overture is a great way to evidence 'Range Of Offer' in a school's Artsmark submission.

Schools/Settings provide:

A suitable learning environment.
Working with Cambridgeshire Music tutors, you will identify pupils and invite them to take advantage of the opportunity, celebrating their progress in school where possible.
Support for learning, particularly practice in-between sessions.
Instrument consumables e.g. strings, reeds, oils.
Commitment to the whole opportunity including associated activities such as ensembles and events.

Primary and Secondary level Key Stage 2 & 3 (Year 7/8 students) There is a minimum of 7 and maximum of 10 students per 30 minute session, with discretion for minor adjustments.

£37.50 per hour, per week, over 10-week terms, which includes the loan of a fully maintained instrument for each student. Minimum booking of 1 hour is required.

There are a limited number of subsidised programmes for schools to apply for, at the reduced rate of £19 per hour, per week, over a 10-week term. Please note, this is only applicable to new bookings made by a school, where a particular year group has not already taken part in the Overture programme. For more information, please contact us: cm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

This project is supported by the Department for Education and Arts Council England, using public funding.