First Access – Whole Class Instrumental Lessons 

What is First Access?

Originally known as the Wider Opportunities Programme, First Access is an instrumental programme for whole classes, learning to play musical instruments. Currently SMS provides First Access to children in KS2.

The National Music Plan for Music Education states that “every child … [should have] the opportunity to learn a musical instrument … through whole class ensemble teaching programmes … for a minimum of a term.”

Download a copy of the National Music Plan for Music Education

First Access choice of instruments


Typically a Southampton Music Service (SMS) tutor will work with a group of students for 45 minutes each week across the academic year.  Schools may wish to refer to the SMS Service Level Agreement for further details.

School based music activity – information for parents

Instrumental Lessons delivered in Schools

Southampton Music Service (SMS) offers instrumental and vocal lessons to all schools in the city of Southampton.