Schools & colleges

Chetham’s School of Music

+44 161 834 9644

Long Millgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

North-West England

The thriving creative community at Chetham’s School of Music involves up to 300 students aged 8-18, whose common passion is music. Entry to the School is based solely on musical ability or potential, never on background or ability to pay, thanks to generous bursaries through the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme.

This common bond of musical passion makes for a truly inspirational place which transforms the lives of all who are part of it.

This magic is the result of many different qualities that permeate the fabric of Chetham’s: the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the daily creative buzz, admirable academic standards, Chetham’s history and heritage, our superb teaching and performance spaces, the city of Manchester as a cosmopolitan location, our many different backgrounds and personalities – and of course, the music.

Chetham’s is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and is the only one based in the north of England. The School is also a national and international resource for music education – welcoming teachers, professional players, composers and conductors, community groups, school children and other young musicians, both experienced and novices, to come together and make music. Our network of partnerships with professional orchestras and organisations extends across the music industry, and our alumni populate orchestras and ensembles across the world.

Based in the heart of Manchester, Chetham’s is housed in a state-of-the-art New School Building, with an acoustically designed concert hall opening onsite in 2017 as a new home for student performances and professional concerts. The opening of The Stoller Hall will further develop the links between Chetham’s students and the professional musical community, and build on the School’s already strong position within Manchester’s cultural sector.

Chetham’s long history began in 1421, and students still enjoy opportunities to perform in the 600-year old Baronial Hall attached to Chetham’s Library. It opened as a charitable school in 1653, and educated the poor boys of the district for 400 years before becoming a co-educational music school in 1969. Over almost 50 years, Chetham’s students and alumni have enjoyed success at major competitions, taken up positions across the music profession as performers, leaders and teachers, and established the School as a vital element of music education in the UK.

Key staff

Head: Mr Alun Jones
Director of Music: Mr Stephen Threlfall
Chair of Governors: Mr Malcolm Edge

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Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory

+977-01-5543554

44700, Gyanmandala Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal

International Jazz Day / Scholarship Program

We believe in the power of music and art to impact people’s lives. That is why since KJC started we have been providing education to children in orphanages and disadvantaged areas in Nepal.

Our teachers and volunteers create projects from scratch, offer free music training, put up bands and organise performances. Our goal is the struggle for equality, to empower the Nepali youth and women specially and let them share experiences and express music as a tool for change.

Jazz Diploma (Vocal Arts, Piano, Guitar, Bass) / Western Classical Diploma (Vocal Arts, Piano)

Regular classes are designed for hobbyists who don’t want to or have not decided yet if they want to build a career in music. These courses are on a monthly basis and will help you decide if you are not sure that you want to earn a Diploma in Music.

The Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory is a vibrant center for musical studies which opened in 2007.

It offers courses in modern and classical music, a recording studio, organises events for national and international artists and creates social projects to empower the Nepali community through music and art.

Students choose from among a variety of courses, including applied lessons in various instruments, music arranging, improvisation, jazz and Hindustani music theory and history, ear training and electronic music production–a comprehensive mix impossible to find elsewhere in the country.

Their vision is to provide the highest quality music education, so students can achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders and global citizens.

‘Uniting People with Music’ is their motto. Quality, innovation and the improvement of the population through the exchange of cultures and experiences in the arts world is their first value.

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Junior Guildhall

+44 (0) 20 7628 2571

Silk Street, London, UK

Junior Guildhall is a specialist Saturday School offering advanced training to young people between the ages of 4 and 18.

Students are able to combine their Junior Guildhall training with their general education in their local schools. They come together to experience and learn about music and drama under the guidance of staff drawn from London’s orchestras and freelance professionals. Most of the students go on to study their chosen discipline full-time at undergraduate level, eventually making careers in the profession, though others can, and do, move into totally different fields.

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Morley College London

+44 (0)20 7450 1889

61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

Established in 1889, and with its roots stretching back some years before that, Morley College London is one of the country’s oldest and largest specialist providers of adult education.

By creating outstanding learning opportunities and delivering an outstanding student experience, Morley aspires to stay at the forefront of adult education.

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Aspire Music

+852 5414 6821

Anton Building, 1 Anton Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Aspire Music is a modern, contemporary music school based in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

We offer private music lessons in singing, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums in a friendly and welcoming environment. We have well-equipped and comfortable rooms available for hire to students, teachers and musicians.

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Best Music Academy

+852 3644 5045

48 Percival Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Best Music Academy was founded with the vision of inspiring all enrolled students to learn and perform music with passion.

We believe no one should live without music, and creating a safe and welcoming musical environment for every student will only expand the possibilities of creativity.

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Center Stage

+852 3575 9327

4 Kam Hong Street, North Point, Hong Kong

Centre Stage was established by Ernesson Chiu in his vision of providing professional music education to students.

Learning music can be a life-long experience that brings joy to everyday life.  Despite your age or learning background, our qualified team of instructors can help you achieve your goals in music.

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Hong Kong Music Academy

+852 2393 2891

Hong Kong Music Academy, Wai Hing Building, 146 Prince Edward Road West, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Music Academy (HKMA) is a progressive and proactive music school that welcomes music lovers, offers professional coaches and provides quality performance platforms.

It was founded by school director and chief conductor, Ray Tsoi.

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Baron School of Music

+852 2980 3668

193 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Baron School of Music’s aim is to advocate for popular music education and to nourish music talents to foster the development of the music industry in Hong Kong and neighbouring regions.

Throughout the years, the school has been providing professional pop and classical music training for students of all ages.

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Cello Factory Music School

+852 2728 7906

608 Castle Peak Rd, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong

Founded in 2004, Cello Factory began as the first music school in Hong Kong specialising in cello playing instruction. 

Due to the demand of quality music training of our students as well as the desire to bring a greater variety of music to the public, we have evolved into an establishment composed currently of three main branches:  the Music School, the Music Shop, and Events Music Consultation.

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Christine Samson Music and Arts Studio

+852 2762 0112

10-12 Wing Hing Street, North Point, Hong Kong

The Christine Samson Music and Arts (CSMA) Studio is dedicated to providing hobbyists and artists from beginners to advanced with voice, music and performance training. 

CSMA Studio offers a wide selection of flexible courses and lessons for those serious about their talents in Hong Kong. At CSMA Studio, we understand that every performer is a unique individual with specific needs and learning singing styles.

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Hong Kong Accordion School of Music

+852 6477 6975

Workingview Commercial Building, 21 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Accordion School of Music (Asia) is the first accordion school in Hong Kong founded by a Western accordion tutor and performer.

Our lessons are based on the best European outstanding teaching methods. Our mission is to promote and develop European style of playing accordion.

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Hong Kong Cello Academy

+852 2613 9488

Hong Kong Cello Academy 香港大提琴學院, 114-116 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Cello Academy, one of Hong Kong’s leading cello schools, was established in 2003 as an institution committed to providing and promoting best-in-class music education to youth in Hong Kong. 

Over the past 12 years, we have brought the joy of cello playing to hundreds of children, many of whom have gone on to achieve performance diplomas and above and/or have been winners in music competitions.

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Parsons Music Academy

Parsons Music Academy

+852 2333 1863

Railway Plaza, 39 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Parsons Music Academy aims to promote music culture and nurture music talents in Hong Kong.

Apart from offering music, art and language courses, we also organise concerts, master classes as well as parents’ discussions. Through the above activities, we consolidate students’ music knowledge and enhance their performing skills in order to achieve our goal of ‘all-round education and comprehensive care’.

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Tom Lee Music Academy

Tom Lee Music Academy

+852 2739 1389

30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Making music accessible and developing the skills and appreciation for it are what we strive for:  the mission of Mr Thomas Lee, Founder of Tom Lee Music Foundation in Hong Kong.

The Foundation plays a key role in the musical arena of Hong Kong to nurture the love and joy of music. Tom Lee Music Academies with top facilities are operated throughout the territory providing a wide range of music courses for children and adults. The teachers under the Foundation are highly qualified professionals dedicated to bringing out talent in students and teaching them the joy of music-making.

Under the leadership of our Director, Mr Frank Lee, our music courses are renowned for being systematic and enjoyable. A variety of music courses are offered among which is the world famous Yamaha Music Program specially designed by Yamaha Music Foundation, Japan for young children to acquire strong musical skills and enhance personal development in an exciting and fun environment.

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ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music)

+44 (0)1483 500 800

The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SB, United Kingdom

ACM understands how the music industry works today and has created an immersive and comprehensive learning environment, which connects directly with the industry.

Our learning by doing ethos helps simplify how the industry works and produces a clear view of career paths and options. This clear and practical approach accelerates learning. The detailed exposure to all aspects of the industry as it happens (live!) reveals options and destinations, which greatly assists our students in making clear choices and building the maps they need to guide them there.

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The Yehudi Menuhin School

+44 (0)19 3286 4739

Cobham Road, Stoke D'Abernon, United Kingdom

South-East England

Yehudi Menuhin founded the School to provide an environment and tuition for musically gifted children from all over the world to pursue their love of music, develop their musical potential, and achieve standards of performance on stringed instruments and piano at the highest level.

Menuhin recognised the need to provide musically gifted children with excellent instrumental teachers, adequate time for practice, frequent opportunities for performance, ensemble work with other gifted children, a broad range of other music study and activity, together with a stimulating and creative academic programme. All this was to be undertaken within a family community in which every individual could fully develop musical, intellectual, artistic and social skills.

Today’s School provides a holistic musical and academic education for nearly 80 musically gifted boys and girls aged from 8 to 19, with specialist tution on the stringed instruments, piano and classical guitar. The majority of the School’s pupils are boarders, with around ten day pupils, mainly in the younger age groups.

It is the School’s ambition to be ‘needs-blind’ in its admission process. Parents are charged fees in accordance with their ability to pay, with around three-quarters supported by the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme and the remainder assisted by bursaries from the School.

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St Mary’s Music School

+44 (0)13 1538 7766

Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL, United Kingdom

Scotland

St Mary’s Music School is Scotland’s only independent specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years in an inspiring, inclusive and supportive environment.

It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It is co-educational, non-denominational and attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland and beyond – England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally.

Entry to the school is by audition and assessment, based on musical ability and potential, regardless of personal financial circumstances. Scottish Government funding, up to 100 percent, is available through the Aided Places Scheme to assist with the cost of tuition and boarding fees. The school is funded by fees, private and trust donations and rental income generated by the school.

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The Purcell School for Young Musicians

+44 (0)19 2333 1100

Aldenham Road, Bushey, United Kingdom

East of England

The Purcell School exists to provide young musicians of exceptional promise and talent with the best possible teaching and environment in which to fulfill their potential, irrespective of their background.

They believe it is essential for all our young musicians to:

  • Develop an appreciation of personal integrity and a spiritual dimension to life;
  • Benefit from stimulating association with similarly gifted children, and opportunities for practicing, performing and developing musicianship in a supportive context;
  • Grow in self-confidence, accept their responsibility to the world community whatever career they follow, and develop an appreciation of the obligation to reach out and share their talent with others;
  • Achieve levels of musical and academic achievement, personal security, adaptability and satisfaction that will sustain them throughout their lives.

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