The Junior Conservatoire of Music has been teaching classical music to young musicians for more than 50 years here in the centre of Glasgow. We now have more than 350 young people travel from across Scotland and the north of England every Saturday to access this renowned training programme and to work with our expert teachers.

This Classical Music programme is an intensive, year-long course in which you will learn from one-to-one lessons, ensemble work, performance and musicianship classes. Our aim is to help you develop into the best musician possible and, for one day a week, immerse you in conservatoire life.

You will also have a busy performance schedule, with Junior Conservatoire concerts taking place inside the Royal Conservatoire most weeks throughout the academic year.

You will benefit from learning within a conservatoire environment and have the opportunity to take part in Bridge Week, an interdisciplinary celebration where students from across the Junior Conservatoire come together to devise and perform new work within one of the Royal Conservatoire’s professional venues. As the national conservatoire of Scotland, we have strong partnerships with the professional industry and you may benefit from performing opportunities or masterclasses with undergraduate and postgraduate students or visiting artists.

By studying on this Junior Conservatoire Classical Music programme, you will:

  • learn from expert staff from the Royal Conservatoire
  • work with students from other disciplines across the Junior Conservatoire
  • develop your performance skills and have many opportunities to perform publicly on stage
  • take part in prize competitions

Entry to the programme is by audition only, however, we don’t have a minimum grade requirement – we look for the potential and dedication in every applicant.

The programme runs from September to June each year, and you can apply to join at any point of your secondary school education.

Applications for session 2020/21 have now closed. Applications for session 2021/22 will open in October 2020. If you have any queries regarding the application process, please email

Please note, we are only able to accept applications from students who are currently receiving instrumental lessons in their chosen principal study.

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