Wandsworth Music Academy Saturday

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The Music Academy is home to the borough’s leading orchestras, bands and choirs and aims to provide the very highest standard of musical progression.

The Saturday Academy focuses on ensemble tuition and is home to the borough's leading orchestras and bands. 1-1 and small group instrumental lessons are also available.

Classes and ensembles

The Saturday Academy is based around three different age strands of learning:

SoundStart (Year 1 and 2) – sessions between 8.30am and 10am

SoundStart sessions run for 30 minutes and include singing, rhythm games, moving to music and percussion to develop children’s core musical skills and foster a lifelong enjoyment of music.

Junior Academy (Year 3 to 6) – 9.30am to 1.30pm

Children enjoy a full morning of music making including a small group instrumental lesson, ensemble (orchestra or band), general musicianship, choir and world music (steel pans and/or African djembe drumming)

Senior Academy (Year 7+) – various ensembles & lessons between 8.30am and 2pm

Secondary students may apply for membership of the borough’s leading orchestras and ensembles and are also offered the option of a 1-1 instrumental lesson. Theory and world music sessions are also available.

How to apply 

To apply for a place at the Wandsworth Music Academy, download a music lesson application form. Alternatively contact the Music Administrators on musicservices@wandsworth.gov.uk or 020 8871 8703.

To apply for membership of an ensemble, download an ensemble application form, or contact the Music Administrators.

Where and when

Burntwood Academy 
Burntwood Lane 
SW17 0AQ

Opening times

From 8am to 2pm, Saturdays during term times (30 weeks per year), usually divided into 3 terms of 10 weeks with half-term breaks.

Term fees

Instrument hire 

The Music Service loans most instruments except pianos and keyboards, subject to availability.

Payment of fees

You can only make a payment if you have received a written request either by post or email requesting the payment of your child's fees. 

Pay fees

What is expected of our students

  • Attendance: students are expected to attend all sessions each Saturday morning during term time. Prior notice for unavoidable absences is requested
  • Practice: this is an essential aspect of learning an instrument and leads to improvement and therefore a sense of satisfaction and achievement for the musician. Guidance is offered weekly through the practice notebook, provided for communication between the parents and the tutor
  • Approach: we hope all students will enjoy their music-making and be keen to extend and improve their skills

Our tutors

Instrumental tutors are either qualified music teachers or professional musicians who have been auditioned and interviewed by Wandsworth Schools' Music Service.

The Academy team

The Academy is managed by the head of the Music Service, assisted by pastoral/administrative staff and a team of over 40 professional music tutors.