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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


  • Accreditations

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

Learn More About This ETM Course


Recent reports suggest that 4.86 million people participate in group exercise classes each and every week. It’s a figure that’s only set to increase as more and more people discover the excitement, variety and inclusiveness of studio-based classes.

To get you in the door, our Level 2 Exercise to Music course provides the perfect entry-level route to one of the most diverse areas of the fitness industry.

Not only does this qualification give you the tools to create unique choreography from scratch, but it’s also an entry-requirement for existing brands and programmes like pole fitness, Bokwa, Insanity and, of course, the international sensation that is Les Mills.

Our ETM course is designed with your long-term success in mind and during your studies, you’ll experience practical training in a leading gym. This is combined with a wealth of online resources, including video lectures, practice tests and choreography inspiration, and unlimited support from our expert tutors. On top of that, it’s fully accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by both REPs and CIMSPA.

Discover what a career in exercise to music can offer you by reading our in-depth career guide or try a sample of our bespoke student manual online or via the HFE app.

What You'll Learn

If you have designs on becoming an industry-leading exercise to music instructor, it’s going to take a lot more than simply knowing your box steps from half jacks.

When it comes to our exercise to music instructor course, all the tools you need to succeed are placed directly in your hands.

The following is by far an exhaustive list, but it does give you a taste of what you’ll encounter:

  • Exercise to Music Lesson Planning

  • Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology

  • Delivering Exercise to Music Classes

  • MSE Concepts and Exercises

  • Warm Up and Cool Down Techniques

  • Body Conditioning Concepts and Exercises

You’ll also discover how to set effective goals for clients, learn about structuring music for an ETM class, and receive some exclusive choreograph from the internationally-renowned Kardy Laguda.

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.

  • Workbooks

    Health, Safety and Welfare, and Know How to Support Clients

  • Theory Exams

    Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology and Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health (70% pass mark)

  • Worksheet 1

    Planning Exercise to Music

  • Worksheet 2

    Instructing Exercise to Music

  • Lesson Plan

    Outline the ETM class you'll deliver during your practical assessment

  • Practical Assessment

    Deliver an exercise to music class just as you would in the real world

*Please note: all students are required to bring along two healthy participants for their practical assessment and they will be used as class members. Don’t worry as the participants don’t need any previous ETM experience.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course although students do need some experience of taking part in exercise to music classes. These should be non-branded, so Les Mills, Bowka etc won’t be suitable at this stage.

A grasp of basic ETM steps and choreography is also important.

During the distance learning period of the course, it’s recommended that students attend at least 2-3 choreography-led group exercise classes.


Before your first practical weekend, we recommend at least 5 weeks of home study based on an hour a day.

During this period, take time to familiarise yourself with LES, our Learner Engagement System, and your student manuals which are available in print and online via the HFE app.

  • Weekend 1

    You'll be involved in a tutor-lead ETM session and discover more about music skills, the aerobic curve and MSE

  • Weekend 2

    Put everything into practice with your anatomy and physiology exam and practical assessment

For a full exercise to music study guide and course timetable, call our Careers team on 0800 612 4067 or send us an email with the button above.

Upgrade Your Exercise to Music Qualification

Take your qualification further by combining it with others, saving money and benefiting from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.

  • PPN Exercise Instructor


    A change of tempo. Combine ETM with pre and postnatal to get even more people attending your classes.

    HFE exercise to music instructor performing a squat


    • Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor
    • Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Exercise Instructor

    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £769.50 5% discount £40.50
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £95 and 5 x £93 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £810
  • Fitness Instructor Professional


    The studio and the gym floor are open to you with this diploma, which combines the industry’s most popular entry-level courses.

    Male exercise to music instructor leading a step class


    • Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor
    • Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate

    Payment Options

    • Pay in full

      Total payable £983.25 5% discount £51.75
    • 6 month payment plan

      1 x £135 and 5 x £130 Minimum deposit £250 Total payable £1035
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