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How can we help you?

Severn Arts offers a range of services for schools, and is currently working with more than 200 schools across Worcestershire. We can provide instrumental tuition for whole classes, individual or group instrumental tuition, singing, national curriculum support in music and CPD, and much more. For more information, click on the tabs below.

About First Access Music Education (FAME)

  • A programme of whole-class instrumental tuition, designed to be a pupil’s first experience of instrumental music.
  • Delivered by a specialist instrumental teacher alongside the class teacher.
  • One hour per week for 33 weeks of the year (45 minutes delivery).
  • A range of instruments to choose from:
Clarinet Fife/Flute (Y5 +) Recorder
Cornet/Trumpet Violin Ukulele
String Band Djembe/Samba

Instruments are loaned FREE OF CHARGE

What are the benefits?

  • Improved pupil confidence, concentration, self-discipline and teamwork.
  • A positive impact on all pupils, including those with challenging behaviour or Special Educational Needs.
  • Weekly professional development for the class teacher and greater confidence in delivering music lessons and other musical activities.
  • Inclusive nature of the lessons: all pupils, regardless of ability will be enabled to take part.
  • Helps to identify musically talented pupils.

The Curriculum

  • The programme is delivered alongside the class room teacher, who will be expected to involve themselves in each activity and support the Severn Arts teacher in delivering the lesson.
  • The FAME programme will deliver the Music National Curriculum to your class, giving opportunities for performing and composing, listening and appraising, and demonstrating effective posture and technique.
  • Pupils will learn the concepts of pitch (high and low sounds), dynamics (loud and quiet), basic structure, appropriate notation and vocabulary, and will develop an awareness of mood in the music.
  • Severn Arts will support and provide enhanced performance opportunities.

FAME – What Does it Cost?

The 2019-20 package price to school is £1,267.20 per class for 33 weeks, at £38.40 per hour
The 2020-21 package price to school is £1,277.10 per class for 33 weeks, at £38.70 per hour
Instruments are loaned FREE OF CHARGE

What Happens at the End of the Year’s Tuition?

FAME is a one year introductory project delivered to one class, or one year group in larger schools.  In order to ensure progression, we have opportunities for pupils to continue with tuition after one year, either with an additional year of whole class follow-on teaching or transition into large group/small group/individual lessons.

Playing a musical instrument can provide an experience and a skill that can stay with us for all of our lives. As well as opening a door to a wealth of exciting opportunities of concerts and travel, it provides a genuine sense of personal achievement, develops self-esteem and other huge social benefits. It is also, most importantly…fun!

Severn Arts offers a wide range of instrumental tuition, provided by highly skilled practitioners.

Delivery can take place in a wide range of formats:

  • 30 minute large group lessons (7-15 pupils) – Ideal for continuation after a FAME/whole class project.
  • Small group lesson (2-4 pupils) – Our most popular method of delivery.
  • Individual tuition – Ideal for specialist instruments and/or more advanced pupils.

Many of our students perform in school groups, orchestras and Severn Arts ensembles with styles ranging from classical to pop and rock.

Instruments Taught

Strings Woodwind Brass Percussion
Violin Recorder Trumpet/ Cornet Drum kit
Viola Flute Tenor Horn Orchestral
Cello Oboe Euphonium/ Baritone Steel Pans
Double Bass Clarinet Tuba
Bassoon French Horn
Saxophone Trombone
Keyboards Guitar Vocal
Electric Acoustic All styles
Piano Electric  


Severn Arts offers the option to hire instruments to all pupils taking lessons through the service, with hire fees charged directly to the parent. Parents can apply for instrument hire via our website and instruments will be delivered to school once payment has been received.

The Severn Arts vocal offer will aim to ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to benefit from high quality vocal and singing tuition delivered by skilled practitioners.

During the programme pupils will:

  • Develop, extend and improve their vocal technique.
  • Undertake age appropriate yet challenging vocal activities.
  • Follow a programme which is culturally diverse and connected to the National Curriculum.
  • Develop skills such as collaboration, team working and work to build confidence and self-esteem.
  • Be offered the opportunity to perform their work to an audience.


Key Stage 1 and 2 Vocal sessions will provide:

  • A development and understanding of good vocal technique through warm-ups and exercises.
  • Experience of whole class singing.
  • Singing rhymes, games, movement and action songs.
  • Enjoyment of singing in a fun and exciting way.


Vocal provision at Key Stage 3 and 4 will provide:

  • Improved vocal technique, building upon skills developed in Key Stage 1 and 2.
  • Specialist vocal teaching to individual pupils or small groups.
  • Experience of a range of vocal experiences including rock, pop, RnB, classical, musical theatre and culturally diverse repertoire.
  • Opportunity to take external vocal exams.


  • A full year of support for your Foundation, Key Stage 1 or 2 classes.
  • A specialist music teacher working alongside the class teacher to deliver the Music National Curriculum at Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
  • Tailored packages for Special Schools – please contact our office to arrange a discussion.
  • A specialist music teacher delivering tuition independently to your classes, enabling PPA time to be covered.
  • Our specialist staff can provide personalised CPD to suit your needs such as individual or whole staff training for a full/half day, at a staff meeting or cluster group.
  • Bespoke support can be negotiated on a school by school basis.


Key Stage 1 and 2 music sessions will incorporate the requirements and key messages in the National Curriculum for Music and the National Plan for Music Education.

Your pupils will be given the opportunity to:

  • Perform, compose and notate their own music with increasing skill, confidence and musicality.
  • Develop an understanding of musical elements, e.g. pitch, tempo etc.
  • Analyse, and compare sounds and performances.
  • Listen to music from a range of cultures and eras, and produce sounds in different ways including the use of ICT.
  • Where appropriate, the development of pupils’ musical knowledge, skills and understanding will be explored through activities which support general classroom themes.
  • Evaluate and reflect on their learning, recognising targets for improvement and how these can be achieved.


Our world music curriculum lessons give children the opportunity to learn and develop skills in percussion instruments from across the globe with tuition from experienced classroom practitioners.

Across the year the pupils will experience instruments including Djembe, Samba and Steel Pans, and genres from a wide variety of cultures and countries.



Pupils will develop the skills of co-ordination, co-operation, collaboration and teamwork as they seek to produce a skilled performance.

They will learn to read basic music from notation as well as how to work out songs by ear.


Pupils will learn to listen carefully and develop their aural memory by trying to memorise and play/sing back short phrases of music.


Pupils will learn how to compose simple melodies and accompaniments, and begin to write their ideas down using symbols and notation.

Reviewing and Evaluating

Pupils will have the opportunity to record and appraise their own and others’ performances, using a developing musical vocabulary

We can provide expert help in conducting orchestras, bands and ensembles within your school, covering any level and any genre you require.

Conducting is charged at the same rate as our standard tuition.

Severn Arts is currently working in partnership with other West Midlands Hubs to deliver live performances in libraries across Worcestershire for children aged 0-5 called Early Hurly Burly. As part of the project a specially commissioned production will take place at the Hive during 2017 – details to follow.
Music can enormously benefit pupils with Special Educational Needs. Please contact us to discuss how we can help SEN pupils in your school.
Throughout the year we run a range of CPD opportunities for school staff, many of which are completely free. Details are routinely emailed to all LEA schools as well as being publicised on our Blog.
We organise a number of events throughout the year as well as leading on national initiatives such as the BBC Ten Pieces project.