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Established in 2006, Sheffield Music Academy provides specialist training for over 150 musicians a year aged 4-19 who show outstanding ability and potential on their instrument(s).

The Academy’s drive is to inspire excellence so that students can develop their talent, grow in confidence, achieve fulfilment through performance, and in turn make positive contributions to the musical activities of their schools and communities. As one of only 15 Centres for Advanced Training in the UK we receive funding from the Department for Education's Music & Dance Scheme which offers means-tested bursaries to families. We're also supported by smaller trusts, donors and sponsorship to increase bursary numbers and offer instruments for tuition.

Places are open to all, with a primary focus on dedication to music at auditions which take place in spring each year.  Check out our FAQ page for more information on what we offer, our application process and tuition fees.

Sheffield Music Academy...


...provides students with a tailored timetable, including 1:1 and group tuition on 30 Saturdays during term time

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...employs expert tutors across all disciplines who travel across the UK each week

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...provides students with over 40 public performance opportunities in a variety of regional venues, regular Saturday lunchtime recitals, and participation in regional music festivals

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...hosts specialist master classes and intensive ensemble training led by experts in diverse disciplines

...participates in external workshops that enable students to benefit from our close partnerships with local and national organisations

Click below to get started with your application. No formal qualifications are required to apply and we welcome applications from young musicians at all stages of learning as long as they bring passion, enthusiasm and dedication with them.


"Sheffield Music Academy welcomes young musicians from all walks of life. We are a dedicated community of musicians with a mission to nurture talent and inspire the next generation.


We would love to see you at our next performance!"

Martin Cropper 
Music Director

Photo Samantha Avila Ricci and Matthew Stroud.

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