SMS Target (9 - 12 Years)

SMS Target is for children who want to learn an instrument.

Is your child interested in learning an instrument?

At Leeds College of Music's Saturday Music School, we run a course called SMS Target in partnership with Leeds Music Education Partnership. The course provides high-quality music tuition for children between the ages of 9 and 12 years. SMS Target focuses on teaching children how to play 'endangered' instruments in a fun and supportive environment.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 30 Saturdays
  • Venue: Leeds College of Music
  • Fee: £220 (for children attending a state school or academy in Leeds) / £440
  • Age: 9-13 for new students
  • Study Mode: Part time

About the course

Children who join SMS Target will benefit from a carefully designed morning of music making, including lessons, workshops, and ensembles, all whilst having fun, building confidence and making new friends.

Lessons are available for the following instruments:

  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • French horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba

Instruments for children attending a Leeds Schools or Academy are available to borrow free of charge from ArtForms.

Lessons run on Saturday mornings during term times, for 30 weeks.

A typical timetable might look something like this:


11:00 – 11:45: Ensemble


12:00 – 12:45: Workshop

12:45 - 13:30: Group instrumental lesson

Why choose Saturday Music School Target?

  • Become a member of Junior LCoM, and raise your aspirations
  • Receive high quality tuition on an instrument
  • Playing in an ensemble promotes team work and helps young musicians to develop rehearsal skills and approaches to problem solving
  • Work with professional musicians who are experienced tutors to fast track your musical skills
  • Experience a broad range of musical styles to become a well-rounded musician
  • Music industry and performance workshops designed to broaden horizons
  • Learn how to promote yourself and your music with marketing workshops
  • Meet other like-minded young musicians and make new friends
  • Develop your creativity and musical ideas in a supportive and nurturing learning environment
  • Performance opportunities build experience and confidence
  • Have fun making music

Open Days

Our friendly Open Days are designed to give students the opportunity to see what it's really like to study at Saturday Music School.   

Why not come along to our next SMS Target Open Day on Saturday 12th May to find out more . Places must be booked online.

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements to access SMS Target.

The most important thing is that applicants show potential and are excited about music-making.


The fee for the 2017/18 academic year of SMS Target is £205 for students attending a state school or academy in Leeds, or for children resident in Leeds but attending an equivalent school in a neighbouring authority.

For all other students, the fee is £410.

The fee can either be paid full or in instalments by standing order.

Instalment payments

For a fee of £220, you can pay in ten instalments of £22 from August 2018 - May 2019.

For a fee of £440, you can pay in ten instalments of £44 from August 2018 - May 2019.


We want to ensure that no one turns down a place at SMS due to cost.

Fees can be paid in instalments and we also have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation. 

Find out more about applying for a bursary.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the SMS Target course to start in September 2018, please apply for our open day


Terms & conditions

If a student withdraws from SMS during the four weeks of term, only the enrolment fee will be charged. After their first half-term, one term’s notice in writing must be given of intention to leave and any balance of fees paid.  If an overpayment has been made a refund will be calculated.

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