Instrument and Vocal Pathways

The Junior Conservatoire’s Advanced Course provides a holistic musical experience, enabling talented young musicians to develop their technical skills and musicianship through one-to-one lessons and group work with professional musicians. The curriculum also provides opportunities for students to broaden their musical experience through musicianship, performance and improvisation activities.

Each student receives termly written reports on all their activities, as well as a specialist technical assessment in the Spring Term and a recital assessment in the Summer Term on their Principal Study.

Individual Lessons

Weekly one-to-one lessons on a Principal Study with a specialist tutor are at the heart of the Advanced Course curriculum. Your one-to-one tutor will devise a programme of work appropriate to your individual needs, which will normally include studies and pieces encompassing a range of musical styles.

All students are encouraged to perform regularly, including as part of our Lunchtime Concert Series.

Specialist tuition is offered on

  • Keyboard: piano and organ
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp and guitar
  • Woodwind: flute, oboe and cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, recorder
  • Brass: cornet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba
  • Percussion: timpani and orchestral percussion
  • Voice (classical)
  • Composition

The principal study lesson is 45 minutes long. 60 minute lessons and individual tuition on an Additional Study are available for an additional fee.

Chamber Music (instrumentalists) and Language Class (singers)

Playing in a chamber group such as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet develops performing skills in a hugely effective and enjoyable way. Sessions are coached by members of our specialist team for 45 minutes each week, with groups working towards performances in our Lunchtime Concert Series and the Chamber Music Competition.

Singers take part in a Language Class rather than a chamber music group, giving students the opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of Italian, French and German.

Junior Orchestra

All principal-study orchestral instrumentalists participate in the Junior Orchestra. This chamber-size orchestra performs to exacting levels in our Winter and Summer Concerts, given in the College’s Dora Stoutzker Hall. As well as important concert experience, the Orchestra builds advanced rehearsal and performing skills, fosters awareness of wide-ranging repertoire and performance practice, and promotes reliable sight-reading and pitching skills.

Piano and Voice Workshops

Pianists participate in a weekly Piano Workshop which extends knowledge and experience of solo and ensemble repertoire and related performance practice. These specialist workshops also enable pianists to work together to develop all-important sight-reading, harmonisation, transposition and ensemble skills, as well as greater confidence and freedom in improvisation.

For singers, Voice Workshop focusses on the development of advanced ensemble skills and culminates in an ensemble performance as part of our Winter and Summer Concerts in the College’s Dora Stoutzker Hall. During the spring term, students have an opportunity to work on some short opera scenes under the guidance of a director.

General Musicianship

In addition to aural training, this class promotes a sound grasp of music theory, history, analysis and composition, all essential elements in the development of a fully –rounded musician. Students who need to work towards their ABRSM Grades 1-5 theory exams will focus on this during the General Musicianship class. Classes are delivered by composition and aural specialists.

Optional Activities

In addition to the core study elements outlined above, students can select one of a range of optional activities each term. Current options * include:

  • Improvisation class
  • ABRSM Aural Training
  • Choir
  • * Optional activities can vary from term to term