Junior Conservatoire: Tuition for Young Musicians

The Junior Conservatoire provides specialist musical tuition for talented young musicians.

Our tutors are of the highest calibre and include senior Conservatoire staff as well as members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and other professional musicians. We operate on 30 Saturdays each year during school term using the Conservatoire's full facilities.

Our junior courses include:

  • Classical music
  • Jazz
  • Chamber music
  • The Young Strings Project (offers tuition to beginners as young as four years old).

You can also, where the timetable allows, combine elements from different courses to suit your individual needs.

A strong emphasis is put on performance through weekly platforms and termly chamber music recitals, as well as regular concerts for the larger ensembles in the Bradshaw Hall.

The Junior Conservatoire day

Your days typically start at 9am and finishes at around 5pm. They are long and involving days that demand a lot of enthusiasm and commitment. The make-up and length of each timetable will vary according to which course(s) you choose, and the level you've reached. Younger students will usually begin with a shorter day.

Who should apply?

We offer specialist training to young musicians between the ages of eight and 18 with exceptional potential, and the ability to achieve that potential. If you have a passion for music, this could be your next step. Even absolute beginners as young as four or five years old can study with us through our Young Strings Project. Find out more about how to apply.

Where can it lead?

We train young musicians to a level where they could gain a place at a senior conservatoire or music college or university. We offer preparation for the Associated Board exams to grade eight and diploma levels.

How to apply

Financial Support

All successful applicants can apply for bursary support. There are number of options available including government-funded National Grants, awarded through the Music and Dance Scheme.

The value of all such awards is subject to a means test with awards up to 100% of the fees.

Detailed guidance and financial support application forms are available from the Junior Conservatoire office once a formal offer of a place has been made. Parents are also encouraged to apply to external trusts for support.

To find out how much each course at Junior Conservatoire costs, please contact the Junior Conservatoire office.


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