LJC+ (Ages 14 - 18 / Years 10 - 13 | Grade 6+, Grade 5 theory)

LJC+ is our advanced programme for young musicians.

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LJC+ is our advanced programme for young musicians who are Grade 5 standard or above on their instrument or voice. 

Students must also have, or be willing to work towards, their Grade 5 theory (ABRSM, LCM or Rock School boards).

Students will be considering studying music for A Level/BTEC or degree level.

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 student of Leeds Conservatoire.


  • Starts:
  • Duration: 30 Saturdays
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £984 (4 hour programme)
  • Age: Ages 14-18 / Years 10 - 13
  • Study Mode: Part time

About the course

The course is broken down into performance, career development and musicianship. Students take part in:

  • Two ensemble rehearsals, specialising in either jazz, pop/rock, indie or classical
  • An Industry Insight workshop supporting musical studies, audition preparation and career development
  • A theory or composition musicianship lesson

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: Industry Insights Workshop

Week B

9.00 - 11.00: Ensemble


11.15 - 13.30:Musicianship (Theory or Composition)


Students are placed in either our LJC+ Jazz, Pop/Rock, Indie or Classical group.   

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.

The workshop will support students’ musical studies, audition preparation and career development.


A big part of the plus programme is preparing students for BTEC or Undergraduate study. Students have access to 1-1 mentor meetings and group work.

Some of the audition topics we look at include:

  • How to pick audition pieces
  • How to combat audition/performance nerves
  • How to use time management to create practice plans to prepare for auditions around other studies
  • Audition questions and how to research your chosen area of study

Some career topics include:

  • Events management
  • Creating a world tour
  • Public speaking and creating and delivering presentations
  • Working as a remote session musician
  • Self-promotion
  • Music distribution

Each student will have a choice of either Grade 5 Theory or Composition musicianship class.


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 curriculums 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.

If students have an understanding of how written music works they will find playing in ensembles or bands much easier and are likely to progress further in their musical education. 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.

Composition & Arranging

Learning to compose is both an important part of a young performer's 'musical diet', and a rewarding endeavour in itself.

The Leeds Junior Conservatoire Composition and Arranging classes provide a relaxed, fun environment where students can cultivate an understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, pitch, structure and experiment with unusual time signatures, unconventional scales, and unique sounds, across a number of different genres.

From year-to-year, the composition syllabus changes (enabling students who attend LJC Composition and Arrangement in multiple years to continue their development), but each academic year is split in to three sections, focusing on a different 'environment'. In the first of these sections, students learn to use Sibelius, which is the industry-standard notation tool. Simultaneously, they develop their composition skills and their ability to create tidy, professional-looking scores. The second section focuses on Logic, which is an extremely powerful digital audio workstation which allows students to create and manipulate synths, drum loops, and audio effects. The third section is designed to improve students' ability to compose using pencil and paper. 


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

Entry requirements, fees & funding

Entry requirements

Students must:

  • Play at Grade 5 level on their instrument/voice
  • Have passed or be willing to take Grade 5 theory
  • Have regular one-to-one or group lessons on their instrument/voice outside of LJC

LJC+ is designed to support instrumental/vocal lessons which we do not provide as part of the course.


2021/22 Fees

LJC+ tuition fees are £8.20 per hour, with a yearly total of £984 (4 hour programme).

Monthly instalments are available from £98.40.


We want to ensure that no one turns down a place at LJC due to cost.

We have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation. In 2020/21 bursaries of between 10% and 90% were awarded.

Find out more about applying for a bursary.

Terms & conditions

If a student withdraws from LJC during the four weeks of term, only the enrolment fee will be charged. After their first half-term, one term’s notice in writing must be given of intention to leave and any balance of fees paid.  If an overpayment has been made a refund will be calculated.

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