LJC Target (Ages 9-11, Years 5 & 6)

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

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Applications for 2022/23 for existing students will open after Easter and applications for new students will open in May.

Is your child interested in learning an instrument?

LJC Target is a beginner programme providing young people the opportunity to learn an instrument. In partnership with the Leeds Music Education Partnership, LJC Target focuses on teaching children how to play 'endangered' instruments in a fun and supportive environment.

Students are enrolled as a junior member of Leeds Conservatoire.


  • Starts:
  • Duration: 30 Saturdays
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £520 (for children attending a state school or academy in Leeds) / £1,040
  • Age: Ages 9-11 / Years 5 & 6
  • Study Mode: Part time


About the course

Children who join LJC Target will benefit from a carefully designed morning of music making. From instrumental lessons, ensemble, understanding music to fun and engaging workshops, all students are 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 whilst studying with LJC.

The Target Ensemble is a mini orchestra consisting of every student studying on the Target course. For the past two years, this consisted of 25 young musicians!

The Ensemble brings together everything you learn in your small group instrumental lesson so you can collaborate with other instruments and performers. This is the place where your listening and performing skills can flourish.

You will learn:

  • The way an orchestra works
  • How to blend your sound with other musicians
  • How to project your sound if you have a solo
  • How to follow a conductor
  • Fun pieces you can play with friends
  • Listening skills
  • The sounds of other orchestral instruments
  • Overall general musicianship

This fun and interactive session gives students experience in musical fields they wouldn’t usually receive.

Workshop sessions from the past two years  include:

  • Learning how to conduct an orchestra
  • Researching composers
  • Reflecting on performances they have done over the year
  • Discussing performances by various ensemble types
  • Working with friends to create a portfolio of work for the Bronze Arts Award (a professional award for young musicians)

Our Small Group Instrumental lessons are the place where students will start to develop their craft on their chosen instrument.

Small group learning of around 2-4 students is a great way for beginner instrumentalists to learn as they are encouraged by other students in the same position as them.  

You will learn:

  • How to set up and take your instrument apart safely
  • How to hold your instrument with correct posture
  • Instrument specific playing technique
  • Musical theory and how to apply it practically on your instrument
  • Individual and small group pieces
  • How to practice
  • In a fun and supportive environment!

An interactive way of learning music theory.

Students will work with their tutors and instruments to learn the meaning behind the pieces they are playing with an introduction to music theory.

Music theory is the language of musicians and the foundation of all music. It helps students understand how all music styles work and why they sound a certain way.

At Leeds Junior Conservatoire we work alongside the ABRSM and London College of Music theory curricula, meaning that students will gain an understanding of intervals, scales, and keys, helping students understand why particular notes are used together, or why some keys use sharps and flats.

This foundational understanding will make it easier for students to learn new instruments or even compose music themselves.

Our aim at Leeds Junior Conservatoire is to make theory lessons enjoyable and fun for all involved and for students to gain the knowledge needed to become well rounded musicians

A typical timetable would look something like this:

We work on a two week rota with Workshop and Ensemble lessons lasting 2 hours and Instrumental and Ensemble lessons lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Week A

9:00 - 11:00: Workshop


11:15 – 12:45: Instrumental Lesson

Week B

9:00 - 11:00: Ensemble


11:15 – 12:45: Understanding Music

Meet the Instruments

Bassoon - Woodwind Family

Oboe - Woodwind Family

Viola - String Family

Double Bass - String Family


French Horn - Brass Family

Tuba - Brass Family

10 reasons why you should choose Leeds Junior Conservatoire Target

  1.  Raise your aspirations
  2.  Study an instrument at Leeds Conservatoire
  3.  Performances in professional venues
  4.  Learn from experienced and respected music tutors
  5.  Fast track your musical skills
  6.  Experience a broad range of musical styles
  7.  Meet like-minded young people
  8.  Build confidence in a supportive and nurturing learning environment
  9.  A creative outlet for your musical talent
  10.   Have fun making music
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Applications for September 2022 are open!

Please complete the application form to let us know which instrument you are interested in learning.

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A student's perspective about studying at Leeds Junior Conservatoire


LJC Target+ is an extension on our Target programme and is aimed at students who have been studying with us for two or more years. Students will have the opportunity to take classes from our Experience and Performance programmes to further develop their musical learning. 

These classes are optional and may incur extra charges. 

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