First access Whole Class recorder, Ukulele and Percussion – ideal for Year 3 pupils

Launchpad gives Year 3 pupils the chance to learn an instrument and begin to read music for one year, without the expense of buying an orchestral instrument. 

Why the recorder?

We believe the recorder is an excellent first access instrument because…

  • It is easy to blow and allows children to make rapid, satisfying progress

  • It requires no setting up and putting away – time can be spent playing

  • It is lightweight, easy to hold, carry and store – fits in a bookbag!

  • It is inexpensive to buy and hard to damage

  • It develops co-ordination of the eye, brain, breath, tongue and fingers

  • It has similar fingering patterns to the flute, clarinet and saxophone

Why the Ukulele?

We believe the ukulele is an excellent first access instrument because…

  • It is easy to strum and pick, allowing children to make rapid, satisfying progress

  • It requires no setting up and putting away – time can be spent playing

  • It is lightweight, easy to hold, carry and store!

  • It is inexpensive to buy and hard to damage

  • It develops co-ordination of the eye, brain and fingers

  • It has similar fingering patterns to the guitar

Why Percussion?

With a whole class hand held percussion set the children explore different rhythms, patterns and grooves; learn to read rhythmic notation and compose their own rhythm pieces.

Through learning either the recorder, ukulele or percussion, children are introduced to the stave and western musical notation - reading music is a skill that can be applied to and instrument later on.

What does Launchpad lead to?

Through Launchpad we will be able to identify those pupils who both enjoy playing and show musical potential. Launchpad provision also includes 3 demonstration workshops of orchestral instruments designed to encourage pupils to consider taking up these instruments later on.

How much does Launchpad cost?

A year's provision for 1 class (33 sessions) costs £1,320 (1 term of recorder, 1 term of ukulele, 1 term of percussion). All instruments provided.

IMS have transformed the teaching of whole class music at Fairhaven, offering enjoyable yet educational sessions to our children, developing their love for music. All children are catered for and all children look forward to their music lessons. In addition, working with IMS has allowed us to offer instrumental teaching opportunities in 8 different instruments - the uptake has been phenomenal and continues to grow. Wonderful staff - a pleasure to welcome into our school.
— Mr T Garner, Headteacher, Fairhaven Primary School, Stourbridge, West Midlands