Whole School Ensemble Tuition

"By 2012 we believe that all primary school pupils who want to will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument." Secretary of State for Education & Skills, 2011
Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET)
  • enables whole classes to learn a musical instrument together
  • enables the school based staff to learn alongside their classes developing valuable skills
  • is mainly aimed at Year 4 students in Somerset
  • takes place during the school day and lasts 45-60 minutes (based on the number of children in the class)
  • puts the ensemble experience at the heart of learning music
  • means many students are able to learn who may not previously have had the chance
  • has had a positive impact on student attendance, achievement and self confidence

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What does it involve?
  • a complete musical experience including creative work, listening skills and performance
  • a partnership between the school and the music service
  • school based staff participation
  • a springboard for sustainable instrumental teaching and learning
  • a large number of instruments in school (which Somerset Music supply) and a lot of noise!

 What instruments can we learn with Somerset Music?

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  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Samba
  • Ukulele
  • Steel Pans
  • Music Technology
  • Djembe
  • Strings

How do I get involved?
Contact a member of the Somerset Music team now to find out what is available. 


This is what one of our schools said following their Brass WCET project in 2017/18:


Just back from watching BFG class and their brilliant brass skills! They were fabulous and have achieved so much in such a short space of time. Not just learning how to play some really daunting instruments but also learning to read some quite complex musical scores. It was great to hear so many different styles of music and see the journey the children have made.


 [The tutor's] enthusiasm and style of teaching was marvellous and completely infectious, generating rousing applause and cheers from the parents. It was great to watch the children hanging on his every word. He made it enormously fun and completely enjoyable. I wish I had had a music teacher like him when I was 9 years old!






My Whole Class Ensemble Tuition project has been hugely successful. But how do I sustain it?

You need Continuation Tuition.
This is a Somerset Music initiative and follows on from WCET.
Continuation can be for any number of students from one to a whole class learning as one - just like WCET.
Our package works as follows:  Violin players.
Somerset Music will invoice the school for continuation
(on a termly basis), and the majority of schools we work
with then charge the individual parent/s carers to recoup
this cost.  The more students you have in a group, the cheaper it is for parents/carers.  For example, a group of
15 students or more can learn in a 45 minute lesson
(over 33 weeks) for as little as £2.50 a week. 

For 2020/21​ we have reduced the cost of individual and small group lessons (up to three pupils) so pupils sharing a lesson will pay £5.75 each per lesson.  For more details please contact Somerset Music.
There's more...
If your school has completed a year of WCET (or wider opportunties) we are offering students instrument hire free of charge until the end of Key Stage 2 to those taking part in Somerset Music continuation sessions!
Contact us now, to find out more.