Study at SMA


When and Where does Teaching Take Place?

Sheffield  Music Academy takes place at Birkdale Senior School in Sheffield on Saturdays during term-time from 8.30am-5.00pm, though timetables will vary according to each student’s needs.

Can I Afford to Join?

Fees are discussed once your tailored timetable is confirmed. Any student can apply to study with us no matter what their personal circumstances or background. Through a limited number of government funded bursaries, we provide the means for eligible students to receive high-quality music education without the worry of financial restraints. Grants are means tested and are often over-subscribed.

Am I Good Enough to Join?

You will need to be naturally proficient and have the commitment and dedication to develop your skills to their full potential – learning at SMA is intensive and requires your full attention. You do not need to possess a certain grade or a specific formal education achievement, your ability will be assessed through audition with our Music Director Martin Cropper and your acceptance to SMA will be based upon your potential and enthusiasm, not just current achievement. Come and visit us to find out more!



Will the Classes Suit My Needs?

Every student at the Sheffield Music Academy receives individual support and a tailored timetable that will allow them to develop at their own pace and grow as individuals.

Sheffield Music Academy provides specialist one-to-one instrumental tuition and the opportunity to join our choir, play in large and small ensembles and take part in specialist group classes. Students also have access to advanced general musicianship training; including aural, theory, musicianship and composition.

Find out more about the classes we offer here.


Will Sheffield Music Academy Take Me Away From My Current Teacher?

No. If you are happy with your current teacher and are progressing well, then you do not have to leave your current teacher. Sheffield Music Academy would like to work alongside your existing tutors, and your preferences and needs will be discussed with you before you join us.

If you are eligible for a bursary it may be that SMA will fund your lessons with an external tutor, however, you will still be expected to attend the Saturday school as part of your membership.


How Would the Experience Help Me to Gain Musical Confidence?

With over 40 opportunities for public performances a year and access to specialist master-classes, workshops and expert tuition, the Sheffield Music Academy supports students looking to develop skills, grow in self-confidence, and maximise their natural talent and passion for music with like minded individuals, in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Click here to find out about upcoming concerts.


What Will Happen After I Graduate from Sheffield Music Academy?

Sheffield Music Academy gives students the platform in which to grow as musicians, enabling them, if they choose, to go on to self-sustaining careers in music.  Many of our graduates go on to study music at University or Conservatoire, and all take with them a love for music from their time at the Academy.

Click here to read about some of our alumni.


How Can I Apply?


To apply and find out more please click here.