Soundmakers is a government funded initiative to give all children an opportunity to experience learning to play a musical instrument at some point during their primary education. This initiative was initially known as "Wider Opportunties" & is now called "First Access" or "Whole Class Ensemble Tuition" (WCET). In Brighton & Hove the projects are called Soundmakers.

At Westdene children in year 5 have the opportunity to participate in this project for 10 weeks, at the end of which children give a concert to their parents showing their new musical skills! 

Children will learn to play an instrument allocated to our school during the project. Previously we have had the opportunity to learn keyboards, guitars, djembes, flutes & trumpets. Instruments are issued to the children at the start of the project & children are expected to practise at home between sessions. The project is led by an instrumental specialist from our local music hub, Create Music & Mrs Bright (our music co-ordinator) also assists with the project.

There is currently no financial cost to parents attached to this project. On completion of the project children have the opportunity to continue lessons if they wish & tuition fees are payable from this point onwards.


Create Music have a designated area of their website giving help & advice to enable children to get the most from their Soundmakers Projects.


Click here for an overview of Soundmakers provided by Create Music


Click on the relevant link below to see photos from recent projects & listen to the end of project concerts:


5S Soundmakers September - November 2022

5G Soundmakers January - March 2023

5B Soundmakers April - June 2023


5G Soundmakers September - November 2023

5S Soundmakers January - March 2024

5CR Soundmakers April - June 2024