HFE ETM student leading a freestyle aerobics class
HFE ETM student leading a freestyle aerobics class

Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor

Open the door to Les Mills, Insanity, pole fitness and more with this entry-level qualification

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Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor


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Payment Options

  • Pay in full

    Total payable £517.75 5% discount £27.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £75 and 5 x £74 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £545

An exciting entry-level route to teaching unique freestyle group exercise or pre-choreographed international sensations like Les Mills, Insanity and Zumba.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • Time to qualify

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No entry requirements

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

One Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join our exercise to music graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms and health clubs.

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Level 2 Exercise to Music

Complete this exciting entry-level qualification to teaching freestyle group exercise to music and open the doors to a range of more advanced class styles and formats, including Les Mills, Insanity and Zumba.


Recent reports suggest that around 4.86 million people participate in group exercise classes each week. Given the year-on-year growth the fitness industry has experienced over the last decade or so, this figure is only set to increase as more and more people discover the fun, health and social benefits of studio-based exercise.

Our Level 2 Exercise to Music course is an entry-level qualification that has been expertly designed to help you to get your foot in the studio door and kick start your career as a group exercise to music instructor.

This qualification will not only equip you with the skills and confidence to teach your own group exercise classes that are choreographed to the beat, phrase and style of the music. It’s also an entry-requirement for branded programmes like pole fitness, Bokwa, Insanity and, of course, Les Mills.

Course Structure:

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Practical workshops


Final assessments

This ETM course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by leading employers across the world. It’s also fully endorsed by CIMSPA.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although you will need some experience of taking part in exercise to music classes as a participant. Ideally, these will be classes that involve freestyle choreography rather than pre-choreographed sessions.

Throughout the distance-learning phase of the course, we strongly recommend that you attend 2-3 classes per week to learn the choreography and develop your ability to work to the music.

What You'll Learn How You'll be Assessed Learning and Support Materials

What You'll Learn

Our ETM course is designed with your long-term success in mind. During your studies, you’ll experience world-class teaching and learning resources and highly engaging and energetic practical delivery at one of our leading nationwide venues.
Here’s just a sample of some of the content you will learn on your group exercise to music instructor course:

  • Music and Exercise

    Music and Exercise

    • Structure of music
    • Beats & phrases
    • Fast & slow beats
    • Music timing
    • PPL & licence free music
    • Different styles & genres of music
  • Planning Exercise to Music

    Planning Exercise to Music

    • Choreographing exercise to music
    • Lesson planning
    • Warming up & cooling down
    • Adapting & progressing choreography
    • MSE exercises
    • Flexibility exercises
  • Teaching Exercise to Music

    Teaching Exercise to Music

    • Teaching to the beat and phrase
    • Visual & verbal cueing
    • Correcting exercise
    • Holding patterns
    • Layering & mirroring
    • Evaluating an ETM class
  • Anatomy and Physiology

    Anatomy and Physiology

    • The musculoskeletal system
    • The cardiorespiratory system
    • Energy systems
    • The nervous system
    • Basic nutrition
    • Healthy eating guidelines
  • Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health

    Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health

    • Components of fitness
    • Strength training recommendations
    • Endurance training recommendations
    • Cardiovascular training recommendations
    • Flexibility recommendations
    • Motor skills development

How You'll be Assessed

As this is a blended learning course, we’ll assess you in a range of practical and theoretical ways. This gives you the best chance of passing first time and successfully launching your exercise to music career. Here’s a summary of the course assessments:



  • Worksheets
  • Lesson plan
  • Complete online


  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Lifestyle management
  • Customer service

Theory exam

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Multiple choice
  • 705 pass mark

Practical assessment

  • Teaching a class
  • 45-60 minutes
  • Completed on course

Learning and Support Materials

In order to maximise the quality of your learning experience, we’ll provide you with a range of expertly designed digital, print and video resources to support your learning journey and beyond. These resources include, but are no means limited to:

Intuitive, informative and comprehensive training manuals
Learning materials

Print and digital

Our ETM training manuals have been written by ETM experts and include everything you need to know to succeed.

Engaging on-demand lecture videos presented by experts
Online lecture videos

Work with the best

Join our in-house physiotherapist, Lorna as she takes you through all the essential anatomy, physiology and principles of exercise.

World-class practical training workshops
ETM course instructors

Master the steps

Our team of ETM tutors have decades of combined experience at presenting everyday ETM classes, as well as at conferences and exhibitions worldwide.

Unlimited support from our team of remote tutors
Learning support tutors

Friendly and supportive

Let our team of learning support tutors fill in the blanks and guide you through your training and beyond.

Free bonus choreography video package from Kardy Laguda

Get inspired

Take your classes to new heights with the free choreography inspiration videos presented by the leading international presenter, Kardy Laguda.

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