FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Families and Students

If you do not see an answer to your question below, please email us on Junior@lcm.ac.uk.


Questions for Families

How can we get in touch with you?

The best way to get in contact with us is by sending an email to Junior@lcm.ac.uk. We can arrange a telephone call should we need one.

Are your tutors DBS checked

Yes! All of our tutors have an enhanced DBS Certificate and receive safeguarding training.

What are the fees and how can we pay?

Fee Amounts

  • 4 Hour Programme: £1,040
  • Performance+ 4 Hour Programme with 1-1 lessons: £3,500

There are two ways you can pay your tuition fees.

  • Pay for upfront for the full year
  • Pay in monthly direct debit instalments

Families are also able to apply for discretionary bursaries if their total household taxable income is below £50,000. In 2021/22 we were able to offer bursaries between 10%-100% of the full course fee.

Performance Opportunities

We will be following all government advice when preparing for any performances. The information below is subject to updated government guidelines.

Each student will aim to do at least two performances a year, with some students doing more. We have two festivals a year and various mini gigs and external performances in between. All students will play in both festivals!

  • Festival –  Held in December and July. A celebration to feature all LJC bands, interactive workshops for families, open mic sessions and performances by external organisations/groups. Bands will showcase some of their work from throughout the term.
How is the timetable created?

The timetable is created using the information you input on the enrolment form which is sent out after we have viewed your application form. We focus on two separate sections: Bands/Ensembles and Musicianship/Workshops.

Bands/Ensembles

Students are grouped together by their musical genre interests, age and ability. 

Musicianship/Workshops

We ask students to choose 3 musicianship options, in order of preference. We prioritise band/ensemble rehearsals so depending on when your rehearsal is, we will add you to your selected musicianship groups.

 

What time does Leeds Junior Conservatoire run?

Our main programmes run 9:00AM-1:30PM.

Do students take any exams or receive any qualifications for attending Leeds Junior Conservatoire?

There are no formal qualifications when studying at Leeds Junior Conservatoire. However, if you would like to enter any ABRSM theory exams, we will be happy to enter a group of students all at the same time.

Does the timetable include an instrumental/vocal lesson?

Performance+

The Performance+ programme includes a 1 hour 1-1 on your first study instrument and a 30 minute 1-1 on your second study instrument. 

All other courses

For all other courses, 1-1 instrumental lessons are not included in the course price. However, we do offer Additional 1-1 instrumental/vocal lessons with our tutors which can be purchased separately. If you are interested, please email Junior@lcm.ac.uk. 

Questions for Students

Can I still apply if I haven’t been playing for two years?

Yes! As every student auditions to gain a place at Leeds Junior Conservatoire, we encourage all young musicians to apply. For students who we don’t think are quite ready for the school, we provide feedback and pointers of what we look for in a Leeds Junior Conservatoire student. We may also be able to offer a reduced timetable.

Can I choose what type of band I am in?

Yes! We always group students together who have the same musical interests, ability and age. You won’t be able to pick who is in your band, but the style of music will definitely be what you are interested in.

What is the difference between an instrument/vocal skills musicianship class and a group instrumental/vocal lesson?

Instrumental/vocal lessons that you have at school or privately are designed to build your own personal playing. Leeds Junior Conservatoire Musicianship Classes focus on your playing within a group, creating a blended sound and increasing confidence to take solos and features throughout the year.

I have a friend at Leeds Junior Conservatoire, can I have the same timetable as them?

Potentially, yes. The timetable is created by grouping students together who have similar musical interests, age and ability. On your first day, we will buddy you up with a returning LJC student so they can show you where your classes are and introduce you to their friends. If it happens that your friends have the same timetable, woohoo!

What if I don’t like my timetable?

We always want to know if something isn’t working for you with your Leeds Junior Conservatoire timetable and will always try and find an alternative solution for you.

What happens if I don’t make friends?

We know that starting something new can be daunting, so we buddy each new student with a returning LJC student. We will do this until you are comfortable at Leeds Junior Conservatoire and have made some good friends. We're always here to listen if you have any problems or concerns.

Course Specific Questions

Experience

I will be 12 during the year at LJC, should I apply for Performance?

No, you should still apply for Experience. The course layouts for Experience and Performance are the same and you may find you are in some groups with students who are already studying on Performance programme. We timetable students based on age, ability and interests and this happens with many of our students so don’t worry.

Performance

Once I pass my Grade 5 Theory can I join the Plus Programme?

Potentially yes! We hold internal and external auditions for the plus programme every year. If your playing is at grade 5 standard or above, we will most likely offer you a place on the plus programme. 

Sings

How is the vocal group different from a band?

In a vocal group, you will be singing with other vocalists to create a blended sound. You will work on creating harmonies, ad-lib melody lines as well as featuring as a soloist. In a band, you would usually be singing with a rhythm section (drums, bass, guitar and keyboard).

Can I sing in a band as well as the vocal group?

Potentially yes! Depending on the musicianship options you choose you may be able to sing in a band.

Tech

Will I need to own any specialist equipment or software to take part in the course?

No. Leeds Junior Conservatoire has all the equipment and software you will need to take part in this programme. If you would like to purchase any software or equipment to use at home (which is not essential) we will offer advice on where to purchase items from.

Do I need to audition?

No! The Tech programme is designed for beginners and advanced tech users so no audition is needed.

How can we be involved with performances?

Tech students assist with sound checks prior to the performance and stage management during the performance. Small groups will take turns at different performances to assist the Leeds Conservatoire in-house Tech Staff.

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