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 on their first study and one piece (if appropriate) for their second study. Sight-reading and aural tests will be given and there will be a short conversation about musical activities and interests. An accompanist will be available if required. Due to the high number of applications we receive from piano and violin applicants we will hold two rounds of auditions for these instruments. Second round audition dates are given on the application form.

Composers are asked to submit a collection of recent compositions in advance which will be discussed at the audition. They will also have aural tests and a short conversation about musical activities and interests. We expect composers to offer a second-study instrument.


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 are now open. For Junior Academy, please click here. For Primary Academy please click here.

Applications for the Junior Academy Open Day on 27 January 2018 are now closed and we will not be taking any further bookings.

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.

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.