Primary Academy


Primary Academy offers excellent opportunities to talented young musicians aged eight to twelve. Each Saturday afternoon you will come to the Academy and be amongst others who also really enjoy their music making.

In addition to the individual instrumental lessons which you may have with outstanding teachers who also teach in Junior Academy, you will play chamber music, sing in the choir, improve your aural, theory and general musicianship and – if you are a string player – play in the orchestra.

Principal Study: Individual Tuition
The basic length of lesson is 40 minutes, although if it is sensible to do so this can be extended to 60 minutes. If you are progressing well with your existing individual teacher outside the Academy, and wish to continue to learn with them, we are usually happy to allow you to do this.

Chamber Music
Every Saturday you will have 30 minutes of ensemble playing, which is both fun and also very valuable to your musical development.

General Musicianship
This 30-minute class helps you with your aural and theory work together with other musical skills.

Other Studies

All Primary Academy students sing in the choir which helps your sight-reading, your sense of pitch and ensemble skills and helps you to get to know everyone in Primary Academy.

String Orchestra
A 45-minute session for all Principal Study string players together with any Second Study strings who have reached a good level of playing.

Wind Ensemble
A 30-minute session for all Principal Study wind and brass players together with any Second Study wind and brass players who have reached a good level of playing.

This is an additional class to help you if your theory work is not yet as good as your instrumental playing. All teaching is given by members of the Junior Academy teaching faculties, and the course is under the general direction of Krystyna Budzynska, Assistant Director of Junior Academy. Many Primary Academy students progress to Junior Academy at the age of twelve, competing for places alongside external audition candidates.


Primary Academy ensemble activities will take place on Saturday afternoons from 2pm at the Royal Academy of Music, with classes and rehearsals being completed by 4.45pm. Each student will have their own individual timetable and it is usually necessary to schedule individual lessons earlier than 2pm.

Term dates are the same as for Junior Academy.

Application for Entry

Application for Primary Academy is closed for 2017. Please check back for details of next year’s application process.

For details of current fees, please click here. A full term’s notice in writing is required for withdrawal of pupils, or fees are payable in lieu of such notice.

Places will be offered following auditions which will be held in May/June and at other times as appropriate. Candidates should prepare two contrasting pieces on their main instrument and will also be given sight-reading and aural tests. Where second (or more) instruments are learned, we like to hear one piece to gain as full a picture of musical ability as possible.

Entry Requirements
We expect successful applicants to Primary Academy to have attained at least ABRSM grade 4 or 5 distinction or equivalent standard on their principal instrument.

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