Beginner ensembles

Suffolk Youth Music beginner ensembles are for:

  • children and young people in Years 3-6 (Key Stage 2) and in their first year of learning
  • pupils who receive Key Stage 2 Whole Class Ensemble Teaching lessons with a County Music Service tutor at school

Also known as 'First Access Ensembles', these ensembles offer an excellent introduction to group music-making for players at a standard equivalent to grade 0-1.

Starting from Tuesday 8 January 2019, these programmes provide opportunities for all instruments.


Membership is free for children that meet all of the following criteria:

  • in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)
  • in their first year of learning an instrument with a Suffolk County Music Service tutor and/or in their first year of Whole Class Ensemble Teaching lessons with Suffolk County Music Service in school

Beginner ensembles are free of charge during the spring and summer terms of that first year.

Children not learning with the Music Service can also join but the Suffolk Youth Music termly charge will apply.

How to join

If you would like your child to join a beginner ensemble, please contact Suffolk County Music Service:

Where and when?

Please expand the links below. 

Events Calendar

Term dates

Download the Suffolk Youth Music calendar to find out when beginner ensembles are in session.

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