Specialist music schools

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Chetham’s School of Music

+44 161 834 9644

Long Millgate, Manchester, United Kingdom

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.

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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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City of Edinburgh Music School

+44 (0)131 332 7805

29 East Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh EH4 1EG, United Kingdom

Nowhere else in Europe is there a school in the maintained sector, which offers a complete specialist music programme from primary to secondary level in two neighbouring centres.

The happy association with Flora Stevenson Primary School ensures the musical development of our students from an early age within a caring and sensitive framework. The intensive training – involving regular practice, various ensembles and individual expert tuition from the most talented and dedicated teachers in the land – paves the way for our students to secure positions in some of the most prestigious colleges, universities, ensembles, orchestras and media organisations in the world.

Also unique is the commitment to all styles of music. Building on our exceptional reputation for classical teaching, we also offer expertise in the fields of rock, jazz and traditional Scottish music. New exciting ventures have included workshops with internationally renowned singers, songwriters and instrumentalists and lectures on the music industry. The City of Edinburgh Music School keeps abreast of all that is new on the music scene while ensuring the highest standards and finest traditions of teaching, performing and academic study.

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Academy of Music and Sound

+44 (0)131 656 0600

1 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Our students are at the heart of the Academy of Music and Sound, supported by our team of dedicated tutors.

We offer specialist music performance and production education, preparing you for a career in the modern music industry.

Founded in 1994, the Academy of Music and Sound offers music education by professional musicians for ages 16-19, through to undergraduate and postgraduate study in Edinburgh, Exeter, Gateshead, Glasgow, Southampton, Swindon and Online.

With UK artists dominating the global music scene and the increasing popularity of festivals and live music bringing £4bn into the UK economy, it is an exciting industry to be a part of. There are a huge range of career paths for you to follow, from songwriting and production through to stage management and sound engineering.

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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.

The School began in London, in 1963, with just fifteen pupils before moving in the following year to Stoke d’Abernon, a small village in Surrey, south-west of London.

There are now over fifty staff who provide the musical, academic and pastoral direction for around eighty boys and girls aged from 8 to 19.

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St Mary’s Music School

+44 (0)13 1538 7766

Grosvenor Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5EL, United Kingdom


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.
Tring Park

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

+44 (0)1442 824255

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Mansion Drive, Tring, United Kingdom

Music Overview

A Music Department for the whole school

  • Our Music Department has a foot in both camps - straddling both the academic and vocational areas of the curriculum providing pupils with the skills necessary to become professional performers.
  • Our Music staff work closely with the other departments in the School to provide an in-depth and rounded musical education and training.  Music at Tring Park covers a wide range of genres to a very high standard, and many pupils from the School go on to study Music in Further Education.
  • Music is taught to GCSE (Edexcel), AS and A Level (WJEC).  In addition, we teach Music Technology BTEC National Diploma (Level 3).
  • Pupils in the Music Department are prepared for the performance aspect of these examinations by more than twenty very experienced musicians and teachers.

Commercial Music in the Sixth Form

  • This innovative, specialist course focuses on Pop, Rock and Jazz music. It is aimed at musicians interested in enhancing and developing their understanding of the pop idiom and gives them the skills to pursue professional work or further training.
  • Live performance constitutes a substantial proportion of the course and there are opportunities throughout the School to collaborate with some of the other vocational departments. The creative aspect of the Commercial Music Course allows pupils to write original material, create their own arrangements and write for commissions.

East of England

Tring Park stands at the forefront of artistic specialist education in the UK.

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts offers an exceptional opportunity to young people who show an outstanding talent for the performing arts, while recognising the benefits of a fine academic education.

Tring Park provides a unique community for talented young people, regardless of means or background, who have a passion for Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre or Commercial Music. We nurture creativity and aim for excellence at all times. Tring Park is dedicated to the provision of a challenging and diverse learning experience within a supportive environment.

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Wells Cathedral School

+44 (0)1749 834 200

Wells Cathedral School, The Liberty, Wells, United Kingdom

South-West England

Our school motto, esto quod es (be what you are), represents our core philosophy which shapes each student’s individual experience at Wells.

This emphasis is why such a wide variety of students thrive here and we are able to tailor our programmes to every sort of individual. More importantly, it is why we are able to produce well-rounded students who go onto be successful individuals in society throughout their lives. We believe this is achieved by providing an accepting community, a wide range of opportunities, and the flexibility to adapt to each individual’s needs.