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.

Music Director

Martin Cropper

"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


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.


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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