Fully Online Exercise to Music Courses

Launch your career as a professional exercise to music instructor with HFE

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ETM Instructor with bar

A Fully Online Exercise to Music Course (Level 2)

Whether you're looking to attend a course physically, or you want to complete your training online in a live virtual environment, here at HFE we’ve got the perfect solution for you.

  • World-Class Content:

    An extensive range of print, digital and video content to get you off on the right foot

  • Live Practical Training:

    Our online courses are live streamed and real-time, so you don't miss a beat

  • Access from Anywhere:

    Skip the traffic and travel by accessing your training from wherever you are in the world

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Book your place for only £100 deposit

Choose Your Study Method

Starting from £517.75


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

Starting from £517.75


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

Online Exercise to Music Courses - Live and Virtual

Exercise to music instructors are the backbone of studio-based fitness classes and our online exercise to music courses provide the gateway to a fantastic and exciting career in this profession.

Course Overview

If you’re considering becoming a group exercise instructor then there is no qualification more important than your Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor.

Our online exercise to music courses are presented in a live virtual environment by some of the fitness industry’s foremost group exercise tutors. With our virtual programmes, we’re able to give you direct access to these tutors, regardless of your physical location. You’ll be able to login to your course direct from the comfort of your own home – no travel, no accommodation, no hassle. Our team of exercise to music tutors and assessors have decades of combined experience in delivering these qualifications to people just like you and they are fully invested in seeing you succeed.

For most students, we recommend around 6-weeks of home-learning prior to attending the live online practical training. This is usually enough time to complete all the pre-course learning and assessment activities. However, if you do have a hectic schedule, you may want to give yourself more time.

This fully online ETM course includes 3-days of dynamic and engaging practical tuition that is expertly designed to equip you with the skills to succeed as a professional studio instructor. And you don’t need to leave your home!

  • Entry Requirements

    There aren't any entry requirements as such for this course and so enrolment is open to anyone. However, the training does involve quite a bit of group exercise to music using freestyle choreography, so experience of attending these styles of classes and being able to move to the beat and phrase of the music is necessary.

    If you have limited practical experience, then we'd really suggest you take much longer to complete the home-learning.

  • Learning Resources

    Our Online ETM course includes a wide range of print, digital and video resources in order to help you get your studio career off on the right foot. Most of the digital content is hosted in our online learner Engagement System, or LES for short, and the live practical training is delivered via Zoom.

    You'll also have access to a series of online theory lectures that will guide you through all the online content and ready you for your live training programme.

  • Career and Progression

    On completion of this programme, you'll receive a YMCA Awards level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (group exercise to music) that will make you eligible for employment in any exercise studio around the world. We'll also give you a helping hand here with our award-winning CV Connect programme.

    If you're thinking of adding some new strings to your bow, then you might want to consider our Pilates instructor courses, or our yoga teacher training courses.

Fanatical Support

All our students, regardless of the qualification their working towards or their method of study (online, attended, virtual), benefit from the same high-quality learning support service. Our online ETM course is no exception and when you choose to learn with HFE, you can study safe in the knowledge that when you need a little extra help, we'll be here for you.

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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What You'll Learn

To become a qualified group exercise to music instructor, you'll need to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills spanning a range of subjects related to group exercise, fitness training and professionalism in the active leisure sector. You'll also need to develop a good understanding about how the human body creates and fuels movement.

Key subjects you'll study include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

    - Basic anatomical terminology
    - The skeletal system
    - The muscular system
    - The cardiovascular system
    - The respiratory system
    - Energy systems
    - Nervous system

  • Principles of Health and Fitness Training

    - Principles of training
    - Variables of training
    - Monitoring exercise intensity
    - Programming fitness sessions
    - Basic nutrition and healthy eating
    - Progressing and adapting fitness training

  • Using Music in Group Exercise

    - Structure of music
    - Beats & phrases
    - Finding and using the beat
    - Fast & slow beats
    - Music timing-
    - PPL & licence free music
    - Different styles & genres of music
    - Cueing music changes

  • Planning Exercise to Music

    - Health and medical screening
    - Lesson planning
    - Choreography sequences
    - Choreography styles
    - Rules of combination
    - Progressing and regressing choreography

  • Teaching Exercise to Music

    - Working to the beat and phrase
    - Cueing
    - Mirroring
    - Layering and add-on choreography
    - Voice projection
    - Demonstrations
    - Motivation styles

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

An Exciting Career in
Exercise to Music with Unlimited Possibilities

Join an exclusive club of HFE exercise to music graduates that have gone on to teach in some of the UK's leading health and fitness facilities. Just some of these are featured below.

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How You'll be Assessed

There are a range of assessments that are seamlessly built in to this online exercise to music qualification in order to assess your knowledge and skills. As you progress through the course content, you'll primarily complete knowledge checks to confirm that you are understanding the subjects and that you are ready to complete the live virtual practical training. Once you completed all the knowledge checks and attended the 3 live practical days, you'll then record yourself teaching a practical group exercise (using freestyle choreography) class to a group of 6 or more participants and submit this for marking.

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  • Worksheets
  • Lesson plan
  • Complete online


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Lifestyle management
  • Customer service


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Multiple choice
  • 70% pass mark


  • Group ETM class
  • 45-60 mins
  • Record and submit online

Frequently Asked ETM Questions

Here are just a few questions that our online ETM students regularly ask us....

  • How does the online course differ from attended ETM course?

    Our online ETM courses are structured in much the same way as our attended courses. In fact, the course timetable is almost identical. You’ll complete a series of short theory lessons designed to recap and consolidate your home learning, followed by live interactive practical workshops that will show you how to apply the knowledge that you have gained practically to develop your exercise to music teaching skills.

    The only real difference between our virtual online courses and our attended courses is the fact that you are not required to come to one of our training venues. As such, we teach you everything via a live video streaming service. On the day of your course, you simply login to the meeting with the credentials we supply you with and you’ll be able to engage with your tutor and fellow students just like you can on any other training course.

  • Do I need any special equipment?

    You will need some form of computer device to be able to access the live streaming sessions and we recommend that you have a laptop or tablet device that is portable so you can position this where you can see it while performing various practical activities. We find that most of our students already have this equipment and so rarely do students need to purchase anything. If you don’t have a laptop or tablet, we’d recommend you borrow one from a friend of family member rather than buying one just for your course.

    While you can use a mobile phone, most students find that the screens are too small and that they get more out of their course by using a larger screen. If you can stream your phone to a TV or other external monitor, then that would certainly provide a better learning experience for you.

    You will also need a good broadband connection so if your internet speeds are slower, we advise that you ask members of your household not to play online games or stream online TV for the duration of your course – this will use a lot of your bandwidth and will affect your online connection. You certainly don’t need a super-fast connection to participate.

    There are more restrictions on the equipment needed for theory exams, so please be sure to review that FAQ also.

  • How do I complete my theory exam?

    When you’re ready to take your theory exam (anatomy and physiology) you’ll complete these online also in our online Learner Engagement System. These assessments are more flexible with our online exercise to music course format because you simply book the exams when you feel ready, rather than having to sit them when you attend your practical training course. This means that you really can work at your own pace and the only fixed part of the course are your practical training days.

    On the date and time of your exam, you simply login to LES and from there you can access the exam from any screen within the system. You just need to follow the ‘start exam’ button.

    The exam questions are multiple choice and because you’re completing these exams digitally, you’ll receive your result instantly at the end of the exam session. This is another benefit over our attended courses, where students typically have to wait 7-10 days for their results.

  • What learning materials will I receive?

    Our online students receive exactly the same resources as students attending our attended Level 2 Exercise to Music courses. And just because the course is delivered online, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get the same high-quality print resources either, because you will!

    When you complete this online exercise to music course, you’ll receive everything that you need to succeed, including print and digital training manuals, online and on-demand lecture videos, worksheet and lesson plan templates for your coursework, and a range of mock theory assessments to allow you to effectively prepare for your final exams.

    You will also receive a comprehensive study guide that will walk you through the entire programme, explaining what you need to do and when we advise that you complete specific learning and assessments. You’ll also have unlimited access to our team of Learning Support Tutors who will be on hand to offer as much support and guidance as you need.

  • What payment options do you have?

    We believe all students should get the same fair price for a high-quality course, so we keep our prices low all year round. We never partake in promotional sales that ‘must end on Friday’ because we believe everyone should pay the same low price. If you want to break the cost down into affordable monthly payments, we offer an interest-free 6-month payment plan. You can secure your place on the online ETM course today with a deposit of £100, then you’ll have one monthly payment of £75 and five monthly payments of £74.

    While we keep our prices low, we don’t cut any corners. We pride ourselves in providing the most comprehensive and engaging materials in the industry, all of which have been developed in-house with a team of industry experts. On top of this, we’re proud to provide the best support to our students as you’ll have your own dedicated personal support tutor who is there to answer any questions you may have at any point during your course and beyond. This ensures that you get the most out of your ETM course – you’ll graduate with more than just a qualification so you can reach your full potential.

  • What music should I use to practice my teaching skills?

    We’ll supply you with a digital download of music once you enrol that you can use throughout your online ETM training course. This music is yours to use throughout your training, however the license doesn’t permit you to use this commercially (e.g. you can’t use it for paid classes).

    This music you’ll receive has been professionally mixed and prepared by Pure Energy, so it will have had all the gaps between tracks removed, and it won’t have any instrumentals or bridges. There will be a strong and continuous beat throughout, allowing you to choreograph lively and engaging ETM classes to it. You’ll be able to put this music on your phone, tablet, or other portable music device so that you can take its with you wherever you go.

    Once you’ve complete your course, we’ll also share with you an exclusive discount code for Pure Energy so that you can purchase future music at a discounted rate. This will really help you to get your exercise to music career off to a flying start.

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