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Who is the Music Development Centre available to?

To talented musicians aged between 16 and 19 years old who are wishing to follow either an A Level or Vocational qualification in Music.

All students wishing to apply for the Development Centre will be asked to audition. This specialist music education is for students wishing to pursue a career in music or aiming to progress on to a music-related degree at a university or music conservatoire.

How does the education and music mix work?

Every student attending the Development Centre is required to undertake a full-time A Level or Vocational Music programme as well as receiving specialist advanced music study and live performance practice with one of our ensemble groups. This is organised to fit with regular tuition and rehearsals. Specialist sessions will include masterclasses, local community music projects and musical self-development activities and workshops.

Attendance and satisfactory progress on the educational programme is monitored regularly and all students are expected to work equally hard on this aspect as well as their Development Centre activities.

Ensemble groups

Ensembles vary from year to year depending on student skill and interest. Regular groups include jazz band, soul band, choir, orchestra and student-led rock bands. We have had various ensembles in the past including brass band, wind band and a string quartet.

Previous Development Centre students have progressed to: LIPA (The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts), University of Leeds, Royal Northern School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

To apply, just complete the section on the full-time application form.

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