Summer Music Academy: Performance

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Build your confidence and skills, meet and work with like-minded musicians and experience a taste of conservatoire education at our Summer Music Academy.

Students who complete the Summer Music Academy and go on to successfully apply to an undergraduate course at Leeds College of Music will receive a reduction of 8 UCAS tariff points in the UCAS tariff points required for entry*. 

* On successful assessment and completion of the course.

Early Bird Price when booked by Wednesday 1 April 2020:

Non-residential £390 (Full Fee £425),

Residential £565 (Full Fee £600) when booked by Wednesday 1 April 2020.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: Monday 3 - Thursday 6 August 2020, 9.30AM - 5.30PM
  • Venue: Leeds College of Music
  • Fee: Early Bird Price £390 (£425 Full fee non-residential) / £565 (£600 Full fee residential)
  • Age: Year 12 Students (16-18 Years Old)
  • Study Mode: Summer School

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Photo credit: Karen Gourlay

About the course

This course provides an opportunity to meet and work with other like-minded musicians, with time built in during the evenings for social activities for residential students. Lunch will be provided for all students with additional breakfast and evening meal provision for those on the residential course. 

It may be necessary to limit numbers of popular instruments to ensure there is a suitable balance in ensembles and bands. Please do not let this put you off applying for this Summer School, but we do advise applying early.

Course pre-requisites

We recommend that students attending this Summer School pathway have a working knowledge of music theory, and a performance standard on their instrument of grade 6 (or above).

Summer Music Academy pathways

As well as this performance strand, there are two other available Summer Music Academy pathways to choose from in Musical Theatre and in Music Production. All three strands will run on the same dates of Monday 3 - Thursday 6 August 2020.

Feedback from previous participants

"The group has really inspired me to continue performing and composing and putting myself in situations I wouldn't usually put myself into - so thank you so much for this experience, I really can't express how thankful I am"

"A massive thank you to all organisers and helpers for this week! I honestly had the best time and felt so at home. I look forward to applying to LCoM come December time for the songwriting course, and feel much more confident in my ability to succeed thanks to this summer school :)"

"The range of styles and techniques we have learnt in general throughout this week has been very inspiring for me, and makes me want to work harder as a musician"

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Folk Workshop as it enabled me to rediscover my love for folk music and to play the mandolin/mandola for the first time in over a year. It has inspired me to seek out more folk artists to listen to as well as inspiring me to attempt to compose more folk music in the future."

Summer Music Academy participant feedback, August 2018


We want to ensure that no one turns down a place on the Summer Music Academy due to the cost. We have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation.

We have a fixed amount allocated for bursaries in our budget and we will look at each application on a case by case basis. We allocate partial bursaries wherever possible, totalling a percentage of the fee.

Bursary levels for 2020:

  • Household income under £16,190 (the level at which you receive free prescriptions and free school meals) = 90% bursary
  • Household income between £16,190 and £42,620 = partial bursary where possible
How to apply for a bursary

If you would like to apply for a bursary for this Summer School, please firstly complete our online booking form by selecting the 'Book Now' button on this web page, ensuring that you specify that you would like to apply for a bursary. Please then ignore the subsequent payment pages and download the bursary forms below. 


Summer Music Academy Bursary Application
Teacher Reference Form

We require the following information:

Section 1: Parental Details
Section 2: Course fees
Section 3: Household income (evidence required)
Section 3: Student Personal Statement
Section 4*: Teacher Reference Form (this should be downloaded and given to the student's music/drama/acting teacher)
Section 5: Declaration

Bursary applications close on Friday 29 May 2020. The two forms must be completed and returned to the Junior LCoM team by this date, along with evidence of household income.


Current Saturday Music School students receive 10% discount on all short courses and summer schools. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility.

SMS Students

To claim your discount, please ensure you complete the relevant field on the booking form, and enter your LCoM student ID number.  This will reduce the fee online.

Your student number will be verified on our student record system before we confirm your booking.


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We are pleased to be able to offer an accommodation package at Liberty Dock in Leeds City Centre for this Summer School for participants aged 16+.  Full details can be found on our Summer School Accommodation page (opens in a new tab).

If you would like to book accommodation, please ensure that you read the information on the accommodation page before completing the course booking form and payment.

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