Experience Ages 8 - 11 / Years 4 - 6

LJC Experience is for children who love their music and would like to develop their skills in a nurturing environment with similar, like minded musicians.

Applications for new students for 2024/25 will open on 11 March 2024!

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.

Our first round of auditions have now closed. We will be re-opening auditions on 20 May, with another closing date by 31 May.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 30 Saturdays
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £1,200
  • Age: Ages 8 - 11 / Years 4 - 6
  • Study Mode: Part time

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About the course

Students will play in a small ensemble or band, take a specially designed class called Discovering Music aimed at giving children a wide range of musical experiences, and explore their creativity in the Writing Your Own Music class.

They will meet and work alongside other talented, like-minded young musicians who are passionate about music.

All of our tutors are experienced educators with a wide range of music industry experience. They all hold enhanced DBS certificates. 


Leeds Junior Conservatoire students can add 1-1 lessons to their 4-hour programme at a 10% discounted rate of £45 per hour (usually £50 per hour). For more information, please visit our 1-1 Lessons page. 


LJC work on a two-week rota, with 2-hour lessons each week. 

A typical class size is between 5-12 students depending on the subject.  

The timetable for students in years 4-6 will be:

Week A

09:00 – 11:15: Discovering music 

11:15 – 13:30: Band/ensemble rehearsal

Week B

09:00 – 11:15: Writing your own music

11:15 - 13:30: Band/ensemble rehearsal

*All lessons include a 15-minute break

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.

Writing Your Own Music is a collaborative and practical class where students write their own music in a variety of styles. Including song writing, writing riffs, understanding chord progressions, creating different textures and in the process, learning and understanding how music works

Discovering Music introduces students to the wide range of possibilities in the music industry

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

  • Graphic Scores
  • Communication skills 
  • Mini music magazines
  • TV and Film music
  • Songwriting
  • A&R Pitches
  • Writing a gig/concert review
  • Musician Tips and Tricks
  • Artist Persona
  • How to set goals and achieve them

10 Reasons why you should choose Leeds Junior Conservatoire

  1. Raise your aspirations
  2. Specialised timetable
  3. Work in state of the art facilities
  4. Experience a broad range of musical styles
  5. Meet like-minded young people
  6. Fast track your musical skills
  7. Work with industry professionals
  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 new students for September 2024 will open on 11 March 2024.


Apply online

Entry requirements, fees & funding

Leeds Junior Conservatoire is designed to support instrumentalists and vocalists with a passion for music

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.

This programme does not include 1-1 lessons, but Leeds Junior Conservatoire students can add 1-1 lessons to their 4-hour programme at a 10% discounted rate of £45 per hour (usually £50 per hour). For more information, please visit our 1-1 Lessons page. 

Leeds Junior Conservatoire tuition fees are just under £10.00 per hour, with a yearly total of:

  • £1,200

Monthly instalments are available from £120 and bursaries are available. 

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 2023/24 bursaries of between 10% and 100% were awarded.

For 2024/25, we have 9 fully funded places for a student to enrol onto the LJC and also take 28x1-hour 1-1 lessons on their primary instrument, and 28x30-minute 1-1 lessons on their secondary instrument. 

Find out more about applying for a bursary.


View our Frequently Asked Questions page here

Terms & Conditions

Please see Leeds Junior Conservatoire Term Dates and Information page.

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