Whole Class Instrumental Tuition (WCIT)
Previously known as Wider Opportunities, WCIT is a scheme ordinarily designed for primary schools (Key Stage 2) which involves a whole class learning to play a musical instrument for a year. 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 be adapted for younger or older students and has worked successfully in secondary schools in the past.
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 here.
"I think that children should universally be introduced to music early, at the age when they soak up everything so well, through such schemes as that being run by Salford Community Leisure. It's not just about creating a new generation of musicians, but about enabling self-expression, building self-confidence, self-discipline, learning to socialise properly, and having sensitivity and respect towards other people - things which I believe help us to be better human beings" - Alison Balsom, professional trumpet player (pictured above)
"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