Become a Qualified ETM Instructor and Teach Music-Driven Fitness Classes


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Level 2 Exercise to Music Course

We all have our favourite workout songs and a go-to gym playlist! Music has the power to inspire and energise listeners, a factor which makes Exercise to Music (ETM) a popular workout class that combines tremendous fitness benefits with fun social elements.

OriGym's Level 2 Exercise to Music course is a lucrative avenue for both inexperienced newcomers and seasoned fitness professionals looking to expand their training repertoire. Upon completion, you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to create fun, rewarding and engaging classes that incorporate music and movement.

Whether you're interested in leading dance workouts or aerobics classes, our Level 2 Exercise to Music Qualification will set you up for future success and allow you to pursue your dream career.

Entry Requirements:


Course Type:

Blended Learning

Course Length:

6 Weeks (Average) 


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Music plays a huge role in people’s enthusiasm and overall enjoyment of working out. OriGym’s Level 2 Exercise to Music Qualification will teach you how to capitalise on this passion, ensuring that you know how to create fitness classes that integrate music as a key focal point. 

Specifically, the Level 2 ETM course will strengthen your teaching ability, covering the delivery of both choreographed and freestyle classes. You’ll also study other vital modules needed to find future success, from human anatomy and physiology to health and safety procedures. 

You’ll also learn how to adapt your teachings to suit class attendees of differing abilities, as well as specialist populations, such as the elderly and children. 

  • Course Length: On average, students complete the Exercise to Music course in 6 weeks. 
  • Entry Requirements: There are no prerequisites for this entry-level course but you need to be aged 16 or over to enrol.
  • Accreditations: Our Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification is accredited by Focus Awards and regulated by Ofqual.
  • Cost: £599 this includes any fees for registration, examination or certification and unlimited free exam resits. 
  • Payment Options: You can pay the course in monthly instalments with 0% interest

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive:

  • Level 2 Exercise to Music Qualification
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To excel as an ETM instructor, you’ll need to be able to inspire groups to push themselves to the limit. You will use creativity and imagination to plan effective and enjoyable classes, whilst tailoring your routines to the needs and interests of each of your class members.

OriGym’s Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor course is designed to help you develop the necessary knowledge you need to succeed in the role, covering modules such as:

Delivering Freestyle & Choreographed Classes

You will learn how to plan, teach, deliver and evaluate a range of ETM sessions. Discovering how to adapt to different music styles, working to the beat and rhythm, and developing experience in both freestyle dance movements and popular pre-choreographed sessions.

Teaching Special Population Classes

During our ETM course, you will also develop essential skills that help you instruct classes for special populations including children, the elderly, the disabled and postnatal groups.  

Human Anatomy and Physiology

During this module, you will learn about the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems to ensure that your ETM classes are both safe and effective for those in attendance.

Principles of Exercise and Fitness

To maximise the performance of your class members you will need to know how to carry out warm-ups, cardiovascular activities and cool-down exercises. 

Health, Safety and Welfare

Providing a safe environment for all your class attendees is paramount, which is why this module covers how to identify and control risk factors. By being aware of what emergency procedures exist in a fitness environment you can ensure your sessions are safeguarded for the likes of children and vulnerable adults.

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As a 'blended-learning' student, you'll need to complete assessments for your Level 2 Exercise to Music course online and in person. This consists of the following:

  • Multiple choice open book online exam on Anatomy and Physiology (90% pass mark required)
  • Multiple choice open book online paper on Principles of Exercise and Health (90% pass mark required)
  • Practical Assessment on Delivering an Exercise to Music Programme (Pass required)
  • Coursework on Programming With Clients, Smart Goals, Client Screening and Progressive Overview (Pass Required)

If you’ve completed a Level 2 Gym Instructor Course, you’ll be exempt from completing any theory papers. However, you’ll still be required to pass the coursework and final practical assessment.

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This qualification is taught via blended learning, which means you will complete your Level 2 Exercise to Music course online and in-person. 

You'll study the theoretical elements of the course online, via our award-nominated eLearning Platform. Here, you can access vital resources to support your education, including virtual modules, interactive quizzes, eBook and so much more! 

On top of this, you can also attend practical workshops which run from our various locations across the UK. This allows you to get hands-on experience in leading ETM classes, whilst also receiving invaluable face-to-face feedback from our expert team of tutors, 

This way of studying is also entirely self-paced, meaning you can complete the Level 2 Exercise to Music course in as little, or as much time as you require. 

Should you ever require assistance with any element of this course, you can access tutor support via phone, email, or our Chatbox feature and talk to one of our experienced staff members 7 days a week.

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Careers & Progression: 

Once you have completed the Level 2 Exercise to Music course OriGym will continue to provide encouragement, advice and business support throughout your professional career. 

Career Support

Once you’re fully qualified and ready to start a career, OriGym’s post-course support team will be on hand to offer a plethora of services to increase your employability prospects.

This includes:

  • CV Analysis and Distribution
  • Interview Preparation and Tips
  • Free Business & Marketing Resources 
  • Access to Exclusive Alumni Discounts 

Progression Routes  

Following your Level 2 ETM qualification there are a range of progression routes to explore, for example, you enrol on a Level 3 Personal Training Course. In doing so, you will learn how to create bespoke workout programmes and work with clients on a one-to-one basis. 

Alternatively, you could complete a Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy Qualification. Whilst enrolled, you'll acquire beneficial skills and knowledge, learning how to apply techniques and treatments to ease injuries and promote rehabilitation. 

As one of the premier Level 2 Exercise to Music Qualifications in the UK, our course is regulated through Ofqual and awarded via Focus Awards.

This accreditation benefits OriGym students, as it not only ensures you're trained to the highest possible industry standards, but it also means your qualification will be recognised bu all industry employers in the UK. 

Yes, you can earn your qualification around a full-time job or any other personal or professional commitment. This is because our course is taught via part-time blended learning, combining self-taught online studying with in-person workshops.

You will complete your Level 2 Exercise to Music course's online modules on a self-paced basis, studying around your existing schedule. You can then book a place for your practical workshop and assessments, choosing dates that suit you best.

Once the enrollment process is complete, students can begin studying via our online learning platform. This contains beneficial materials and resources such as virtual learning modules, interactive quizzes, eBooks and assignments - all of which can be completed at your own pace. 

Should you have any questions when completing your Exercise to Music Level 2 course online, you can reach out to our expert tutor team. They are available 7 days a week (including evenings) via phone, chatbox and email!

At OriGym we want all of our graduates to succeed, which is why we offer post-course support services such as CV analysis and distribution, business consultations, interview prep, as well as a  guaranteed interview with one of our corporate partners in your local area.

OriGym is proud to have the highest work placement rate among training providers in the UK, with 92% of our graduates now working in the fitness industry!

Following the completion of their Exercise to Music course Level 2 students have gone on to find success in independent studios, as well as large chains across the country, including Virgin Active, Everlast Gyms, The Gym Group, and JD Gyms. 

Some graduates also chose to earn additional qualifications, such as a Personal Training Diploma. In doing so, they were able to pursue more lucrative career options and target a new demographic of clients.

Our Exercise to Music Level 2 course is an entry-level qualification, meaning there are no necessary prerequisites to enrol. However, we do ask all students be aged 16+ before signing up for the course. 

There are no other requirements as this is an entry-level course, but a basic level of maths and English will be needed to understand some of the module's content. As practical elements are involved, a level of physical fitness will also be necessary. 


Our post-course support has helped hundreds of qualified ETM Instructors land their dream careers!

Guaranteed Interviews

We secure graduates interviews with leading fitness chains after completing their Exercise to Music course.

Professional Guidance

Receive guidance with writing your CV and interview preparation to increase your employment prospects.

Alumni Benefits

Get exclusive discounts on insurance and clothing to help you kickstart your career as an ETM instructor.

  • Puregym
  • Virgin Active
  • Everlast Fitness Club
  • DW Fitness First
  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness


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Angel Howarth

Amazing Course & Career

After having a long-term passion for fitness and having built up her fitness Instagram page (@angfitpt) following to nearly 60k, Angel was getting messages constantly regarding her routines and workout posts. She decided to enrol onto OriGym's Personal Training Diploma and since has also started her Advanced Nutrition Qualification to offer her followers expert, qualified advice. 

Before I started the course, I was a lover of the gym, but unsure where I wanted to take my career. I was at university studying something I couldn’t see myself doing. That was until I found OriGym. I wanted to do the course so I could learn more about a passion of mine and eventually turn it into a career. I wanted the knowledge to turn my passion into my day to day life. I am now going to start working in a gym as a personal trainer, building my own business and hopefully continue to study around the subject too. I’m excited for what the future holds!

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Matthew Briggs

Former Professional Footballer

Great Reviews!

Matthew Briggs was the youngest player ever to play in the premier league, aged 16 years and 68 days for Fulham. He has also played for Millwall, Watford, Bristol City and Colchester United.

After playing football my entire life, I've been recently thinking about what to do post football. A natural progression for me is becoming a personal trainer to utilise my current skills and experience.

After researching the best providers in the industry, OriGym came up with a big online presence and I was impressed by what I saw on the website. After looking through other testimonials, as well as student reviews, OriGym seemed the logical choice and I'm glad I chose to learn with them. 

I'm looking to merge both my life coaching and personal training qualification together, with the ultimate goal being a mind and body fitness trainer.

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Anne Hansford

Outstanding - everyone at OriGym has been brilliant!

Overall, this has been a fantastic learning experience from my initial contact through my L2 practical assessment and beyond.

Tom did a fantastic job of getting me set up -- answering all of my questions and giving me plenty of time to really think through what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. He gave me several options for choosing a selection of courses that would help me achieve my goals and suggested the best method for doing that (blended online and in person workshops). He was friendly, patient, and confident throughout, without being pushy.

Can't overstate how valuable the workshop with Olivia was in helping prepare me for the practical assessment and in giving me a boost of confidence that I really needed. She was fantastic -- so knowledgeable, a great teacher, but really friendly and fun to be around too.

Chloe oversaw my assessment and she was also fantastic. Incredibly professional, and also really encouraging. And I was amazed at the detailed feedback she provided at the end of the session. Meanwhile, every person I have spoken to on the phone has been great -- again, professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and patient (even when they're answering questions they must have heard a thousand times before!).

Origym is clearly committed to excellence, and they have definitely built a team of top-rate professionals who are delivering a top-rate service.

Heather Hacking, Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Heather Hacking

Founder of Heather Hacking PT

Fantastically Structured & Well Organised

As a mother of three children after spending the past nine years building her career as a solicitor, Heather made the decision to follow a life-long passion for health, wellness and fitness, and pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Studying part-time with OriGym to fit around family and work, I achieved my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications. I found OriGym’s courses to be fantastically structured and well organised, and my tutor Andy Tsang was brilliant - he taught me so much!

After graduating I started my fitness business with the sole purpose of empowering women, both physically and mentally. My business has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Breakthrough Personal Trainer’ category at Northern Ireland’s Health & Fitness Awards 2019 - I am so thrilled! I am very grateful to OriGym for giving me such a great foundation to launch my business from.


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