MAPAS support for schools

The Music and Performing Arts Service offer a range of tuition that is designed to support schools in a way that can be a flexible as required. Tuition is provided at various different levels:

First Access

A scheme designed normally for primary schools (Key Stage 2) which involves a whole class learning to play a musical instrument for a year as a whole class. The choice of instrument is dependent on availability and selected from the following, orchestral strings, guitar, ukulele, brass, woodwind, percussion or a mixture of these. The programme involves the whole class learning together and also develops musicianship skills through singing and other musical activities. It is recommended that a member of the school staff also learns to play alongside the children. The scheme can, in some circumstances, be adapted for younger or older students.

Every year we host a Primary School Showcase at the Lowry for children who have taken part in the First Access scheme throughout the year. For more information or to book a performance slot for your school, please click the link

"First Access is a wonderful resource for Westwood Park CP.  It has greatly enhanced our provision.  We have accessed a wide range of experiences including singing, drama, recorders, Samba and Y6 trombones!  Staff are reliable and deliver all lessons in a fun, interesting and kinaesthetic way. Westwood Park staff take part in the lessons and this is a way of enhancing CPD. Through First Access we regularly perform at The Lowry and recently sang on Radio Manchester! All our pupils take part from Nursery to Y6 and pupils and parents thoroughly enjoy the termly shows in school.  Highly recommended!'" - Headteacher, Westwood Park Primary School

Instrumental tuition

Small group and individual tuition is provided for a wide range of instruments from woodwind, brass, strings, percussion, voice, rock and pop.
Curriculum Delivery: MAPAS offer specialists who are able to deliver to full classes music lessons that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. A team of qualified music teachers will help support class teachers or cover the PPA time requirements in primary schools. The support that is available is from Early Years through to Key Stage 4 (GCSE or Btec) with other support available for A level and higher Btec course upon request.

Singing support

MAPAS is determined to make every school in Salford a Singing School. To that end, we offer advice on the development of singing as part of the curriculum across a range of subjects. Also supporting schools to start and develop a choir is an important part of the work of our team.

If you would like your school to become more involved in singing, why not sign up for Salford's Big Sing 2018. This event is aimed to provide a fun, large-scale event which will help get your pupils invovled in singing with others. For more information, please click on the link.

Curriculum advice

We offer support to schools in relation to the arts, whether it be an Ofsted inspection of Artsmark accreditation we can guide schools through the process or signpost specialist support in other areas.

Performance events

We organise performance opportunities for ensembles from schools to take part in. These include showcase events for first access groups at The Lowry, “The Big Sing” at the Lighthouse and “Come Play with the Hallé” at the Bridgewater Hall. Other large scale performances form an important part of the work of our Arts Centre ensembles that often include contributions from individual schools.

Greater Manchester Music Hub

Salford is part of the UK’s largest Music Hub, the Greater Manchester Music Hub. The hub is designed to broaden the range of opportunities for young people across Greater Manchester and also offers schools, through MAPAS, access to a much broader range of support. Hub wide training for music teachers will ensure that we are able to continue to offer support for development of schools, their pupils and their teaching staff. Find out more about the Hub.

For further information about the service and the charges for the provision provided please contact the MAPAS office on 0161 778 0256 or by email at