About Us

Established in 2006, Sheffield Music Academy provides specialist training for 144 musicians aged 6-18 who show outstanding ability and potential.


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 are funded by the Department for Education's Music & Dance Scheme which offers means-tested bursaries to families. We're also supported by smaller trusts, donors and sponsors to increase bursary numbers and offer instruments for tuition.


Based at Birkdale School, SMA:

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

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

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

• 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


Places are open to all, with a primary focus on dedication to music at auditions which take place in March each year.


We offer students over 40 performance opportunities a year as well as the very best in specialist master-classes, workshops and expert tuition. Sheffield Music Academy supports students looking to musically develop, grow in self-confidence, and maximise their natural talent and passion for music with like minded individuals, in a friendly, lively and welcoming atmosphere.

"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

Martin Cropper

Find US

Our Central Office is located on Psalter Lane. Tuition takes place at Birkdale Senior School.


We offer a range of core and optional classes across a range of instruments and genres.

Expert tuition

Learn more about our caring and dedicated tutors, committed to delivering first class tuition.


Any Questions? Our administrative staff are more than happy to answer any questions about Sheffield Music Academy. 

How to Apply

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.

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"The Sheffield Music Academy allows me to share my interest in music with other people in a way that I can’t at school."


"It is great to be surrounded by like-minded people and to make music together. I have the opportunity to lead the orchestra at concerts in front of hundreds of people. We strive to make every performance our best yet". - Nazar 

Sheffield Music Academy Nazar

Academy News

July 3, 2020

 Despite not having face-to-face lessons since March, the students at SMA have jumped at the chance to be graded this summer! We're delighted to have two days of exams booked in with ABRSM at the end of July 2020. 

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June 29, 2020

 Thank you to our friends at Affinity I.T Services for donating two laptops to SMA! These will be used by SMA students so that they can still receive our digital lessons during lockdown. We really appreciate your support!

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Sheffield Music Academy

Office 9, Shirley House

31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL

Tel: (0114) 258 2804

Email: jess@sheffieldmusicacademy.co.uk


Mobile: 07704 579310

Sheffield Music Academy is registered in England as 'Sheffield Music Academy', a Company limited by guarantee no. 07667445 and is a registered charity no. 1143420.

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