LJC Experience (Aged 9 - 11, Years 5 & 6)

LJC Experience is for young musicians who have been playing or singing for around two years and who are keen to develop their performance skills.

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Applications for 2022/23 for existing students will open after Easter and applications for new students will open in May.

Students benefit from working with professional musicians, experiencing a broad range of musical styles, and meeting other like-minded young people.

Students are enrolled as a junior member of Leeds Conservatoire.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 30 Saturdays
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £1,040
  • Age: Ages 9-11 / Years 5 & 6
  • Study Mode: Part time

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About the course

Students will play in a small ensemble or band, take two musicianship classes, and participate in a workshop to experience different styles of music, discovering how to become a successful musician along the way .

They will meet other likeminded young musicians and have the chance to perform in a professional venue.


  • 4 lesson programme: one ensemble, one workshop, two musicianship classes

A typical timetable would look something like this:

We work on a two week rota with lessons lasting for 2 hours.

Week A

09:00 – 11:00: Ensemble


11:15 – 13:30: Musicianship (Keyboard Skills, Guitar Skills, Vocal Skills, Theory, or Composition)

Week B

09:00 – 11:00: Workshop


11:15 - 13:30: Musicianship (Keyboard Skills, Guitar Skills, Vocal Skills, Theory, or Composition)

Students are placed in an ensemble according to their interests, ability and age.  

We have a large variety of ensembles at Leeds Junior Conservatoire, with genres including jazz, pop, classical, folk, rock and metal.  Each ensemble is led by one of our talented professional tutors, who have a wealth of teaching experience as well as active performing careers.  Students develop their listening, arranging, composition and improvisation skills, and learn how to rehearse and perform as a group.

Each student will take part in Understanding Music and Writing Your Own Music musicianship classes.

Understanding Music

An interactive way of learning music theory, students will work with their tutors and instruments to learn the meaning behind the pieces they are playing with an introduction to music theory.

Music theory is the language of musicians and the foundation of all music. It helps students understand how all music styles work and why they sound a certain way.

At Leeds Junior Conservatoire we work alongside the ABRSM and London College of Music theory curricula, meaning that students will gain an understanding of intervals, scales, and keys, helping students understand why particular notes are used together, or why some keys use sharps and flats.

This foundational understanding will make it easier for students to learn new instruments or even compose music themselves.

Our aim at Leeds Junior Conservatoire is to make theory lessons enjoyable and fun for all involved and for students to gain the knowledge needed to become well rounded musicians.

Our workshops are run by talented freelance musicians and industry professionals who are experts in their field. 

Designed to give experience in various areas of music, examples of workshops that have taken place in the past two years include: 

  • Music Distribution
  • Graphic Scores
  • Writing a gig/concert review
  • Planning a world tour
  • Singing in a Rock Choir
  • Stage Tech: How to avoid feedback and set up a PA
  • Public Speaking
  • Looking at Graphic Scores
  • Collaborative composition and improvisation
  • Samba Rhythms
  • Creating a successful YouTube channel
  • Musician Tips and Tricks
  • Artist Persona

10 Reasons why you should choose Leeds Junior Conservatoire

  1.  Raise your aspirations
  2.  Study at Leeds Conservatoire
  3.  Performances in professional venues
  4.  Work with industry professionals
  5.  Fast track your musical skills
  6.  Experience a broad range of musical styles
  7.  Meet like-minded young people
  8.  Build confidence in a supportive and nurturing learning environment
  9.  A creative outlet for your musical talent
  10.  Have fun making music
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Applications for September 2022 are open!

Please complete the application form then follow the instructions to send us your video auditions. The video enables us to informally assess which students and tutors your musician would work with best.

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Entry requirements, fees & funding

Entry requirements

Leeds Junior Conservatoire is designed to support instrumentalists and vocalists alongside their current musical venture.

We suggest that students have been playing or singing for around two years before they apply. However, we welcome students who show potential and musical flare.

Leeds Junior Conservatoire does not offer 1-1 lessons on the main timetable. However, students can opt to receive lessons from our tutors on Saturday afternoons through our Leeds Junior Conservatoire Additional 1-1 programme. 

2022/23 Fees

Leeds Junior Conservatoire tuition fees are just under £8.70 per hour, with a yearly total of:

  • 4 hour programme: £1,040

Monthly instalments are available from £104


We want to ensure that no one turns down a place at Junior Leeds Conservatoire due to cost.

We have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation. In 2021/22 bursaries of between 10% and 100% were awarded.

Find out more about applying for a bursary.

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