A musical introduction to the rarer instruments

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 rarer instruments in school. We are offering the scheme to primary and secondary level students in Key Stages Two and Three, with priority given to primary level and Year 7 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 of sufficient instruments and tutors, and instrumental learning is already available in school.

Our ‘wrap around’ services also support the learning process, such as projects and events to take part in.

Pupils learning an instrument already can join the scheme, as long as there are sufficient other learners for whom this is their first instrument.

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


£360 for one hour of delivery per week per 10-week term including loan of a fully maintained instrument (minimum 7 maximum 10 students)

This project is offered fully funded to the first 15 schools that sign up for two terms in the academic year 2018/19, subsidised using public funding by the Department for Education and Arts Council England.

You provide

A suitable learning environment
Liaison with us to identify appropriate pupils and invite them to take advantage of the opportunity, celebrating their progress in school where possible
Support for learning, particularly practice in-between lessons
Relevant music books and instrument consumables e.g. strings, reeds
Commitment to the whole opportunity including associated activities such as ensembles and events