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.

To make an application for Primary Academy please click here

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 one of the string ensembles.

Primary Academy offers Principal Study lessons in:
Piano  |  Violin  |  Viola  |  Cello  |  Double Bass  |  Flute  |  Recorder  |  Oboe  |  Clarinet  |  Bassoon  |  Trumpet  |  Horn  |  Trombone  |  Tuba 


We will try to accommodate any stated non-availability, but are not able to accept requests for specific audition dates. Scheduling of audition dates will begin after the closing date for applications and we aim to send out audition letters in March.

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 applicants coming for audition at Primary Academy to have attained at least ABRSM grade 5 distinction or equivalent standard on their first-study instrument.


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.

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 Ensembles 
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 45-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.

Viola Club
A viola club takes place at the end of the Primary Academy day for first-study violinists who would like to learn to read the alto clef

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. Primary Academy students in school year 7 (at the age of twelve) audition for Junior Academy and other conservatoire junior departments.


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 5pm. 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.