How to apply

Junior Academy is a specialist music provision and entry is very competitive. We are looking primarily for musical potential, and the standard of playing of successful applicants will depend very much on such factors as age and length of study; but as a rough guide we would expect ABRSM grade 6–7 distinction level or equivalent standard from our younger applicants.


Entry to Junior Academy is by audition in March, for admission the following September. In exceptional circumstances auditions can be arranged before or after this period.

The Royal Academy of Music welcomes applications from potential students with disabilities or special needs who meet the musical and performance criteria expected of all Junior Academy students.

Audition Requirements

Applicants should prepare two contrasting pieces in their Principal Study and one piece (if appropriate) for their Second Study. Sight-reading and aural tests will be given and opportunity will be given to discuss musical activities and interests. An accompanist will be available if required.


Students are admitted to the Junior Academy from age twelve upwards, and normally remain at the Junior Academy, subject to progress, until they are eighteen or nineteen. We do not normally admit students for a period of less than two years of study.

Application for Entry

Online applications for entry to the Junior and Primary Academy courses in September 2018 will open in January. If it would be helpful to receive an email when the form goes up on the website, please email

We will be holding our Junior Academy Open Day on Saturday 27th January 2018.  This is for students who will be in school year 8 or above in September 2018.  If you would like to attend please complete the application form as soon as possible but definitely by 5th January 2018. 

Open Day Application Form
Guidance Notes for Open Day 2018

There will be a separate opportunity to visit for Primary Academy candidates (school years 4 – 7 in September 2018) on Saturday 3rd February – further details will be announced in January on the Primary Academy page.

For Primary Academy applications please see the separate Primary Academy page.

For Junior Jazz applications please see the separate Junior Jazz page.

Download the prospectus.

Open Day

The Junior Academy holds an Open Day annually, where prospective students and a parent can visit the Academy to see current students in action and ask questions to the director.