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 membership of an ensemble, download an ensemble application form, or contact the Music Administrators.
Where and when
From 8am to 2pm, Saturdays during term times (30 weeks per year), usually divided into 3 terms of 10 weeks with half-term breaks.
- A remission is available where more than one child in the same family attends: 15% reduction for all children within the immediate family
- Assistance with fees may be available on application to those on restricted incomes living in Wandsworth, subject to conditions
- Download a financial assistance request form
- Download all current Wandsworth Music Academy fees
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.
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
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.