The government’s National Plan for Music Education states that every child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole class instrumental teaching (WCIT). It is the responsibility of each school to ensure that this is possible for their pupils. WCIT projects are led by high-quality music teachers who will develop musical skills that can be applied in National Curriculum music lessons.

Norfolk Music Service currently delivers WCIT to over 5,000 pupils per week in a total of 92 schools; it has been bought in by school clusters and works well in school federations. Additional benefits of this scheme are the enjoyment it has brought to the children and more specifically in its ability to positively affect the self-worth, the organisation skills, the confidence and the musical development of the children involved. Many pupils choose to continue learning to play an instrument after completing their WCIT programme.


We can offer a wide range of instruments for your school to choose from including strings, brass, woodwind, world music, percussion, ukulele and classical guitar.

Each school receives:

  • A minimum of a one hour visit each week for a minimum of 33 weeks from a specialist music teacher
  • Free curriculum online resource and Music Service support
  • National Curriculum Music delivery
  • Additional classes at a reduced rate
  • Progress reporting procedure
  • CPD opportunity for school staff to learn alongside their pupils (including WCIT Self-Delivery CPD)
  • Free instrument hire (£400 value)
  • Access to a WCIT Celebration event (£300 value)
  • FREE access to Norfolk Music Hub’s Primary Premium Subscription Package (worth up to £1,565!) – read more here.

Costs for 2018/19

  • £950 3 Terms of tuition (2 terms of WCIT and 1 term of large group continuation)
    *schools are only eligible for 1 year group/class at this rate

  • £700 2 Terms of tuition (Spring-Summer 2019) – deadline for registration 15 November

  • £650 per additional class (same instrument, teacher and day)

  • £1,400 per additional class (different instrument, teacher or day)

Register online


 Watch two Whole Class Ensembles from King’s Lynn primary schools below: