LJC Target+ (Ages 11 - 18 / Years 7 - 13)

LJC Target+ is for students who have been enrolled on Target or have been playing an endangered species instrument for at least two years.

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

Students benefit from working with professional musicians, experiencing a broad range of musical styles, and meeting other like-minded young people.

Students are enrolled as a junior member of Leeds Conservatoire.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 30 Saturdays
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £1,040 (4 hour programme) / £520 for students living in Leeds or attending a state school in Leeds
  • Age: Ages 11-18 / Years 7-13
  • Study Mode: Part time

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About the course

Students will play in a small ensemble or band, take one musicianship class, receive one small group instrumental lesson and participate in an industry insights workshop to experience different styles of music, discovering how to become a successful musician along the way.

They will meet other likeminded young musicians and have the chance to perform in a professional venue.


  • 4 lesson programme: one ensemble, one workshop, one musicianship class, one small group instrumental lesson

A typical timetable would look something like this:

We work on a two week rota with lessons lasting 2 hours.

Week A

09:00 – 11:00: Ensemble


11:15 – 13:30: Musicianship (Keyboard Skills, Guitar Skills, Vocal Skills, Musical Theatre Singing, Actor Musician, Theory, Composition or Music Production)

Week B

09:00 – 11:00: Industry Insights


11:15 - 13:30: Small Group Instrumental Lesson

Each student will have a choice of musicianship class; either keyboard skills, guitar skills, vocal skills, musical theatre singing, actor musician, music production, theory or composition.  

Keyboard Skills

In keyboard skills we explore music of all eras and genres through the keyboard. Every term the students learn and perform pieces of music, either by sight or by ear.

For example, students have learned to play themes from The Entertainer by Joplin, Somewhere Only We Know by Keane, Offenbach’s Barcarolle and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (1st mov), as well as learning how to improvise using the blues scale.  

Students sometimes work solo but often in pairs or groups which improves timing and crucial listening skills as well as promoting problem solving and team work. Each lesson involves showing their work to the group which develops a confident, mature approach to performing.

We also study chords, scales and modes as well as ear skills and sight reading.

Emphasis is placed not just on technical ability but on developing a sensitive, creative and insightful approach to the context and interpretation of the music. 

Vocal Skills

In vocal skills, students create a blended sound in a small ensemble singing arrangements of well-known songs. Every term, students learn and perform new pieces, either by sight or ear.

For example, in our most recent showcase, students performed their version of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi. They were focusing on portraying emotion through their voice, whilst featuring various students as soloists.  

Students will always work in groups in vocal skills, building confidence and encouraging each other when learning new vocal techniques or approaches to songs.

Different to a vocal lesson you may have at school or privately, this session is all about improving your vocal technique when singing with a group.

Guitar Skills

In guitar skills, students focus on learning specific guitar techniques and applying them to songs they can jam along to. Some technique examples include chord positions, chord patterns, sliding, finger picking and many more.

Students always work in groups in a supportive, friendly environment. Whether students are new to a technique or refreshing their playing, there will be varying degrees of ability to work through.

This session differs from a guitar lesson you may have at school or privately as it focuses on techniques you may use for performing too. The level of learning in this session is complimented by continuing your instrumental lessons outside of Leeds Junior Conservatoire.


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.

If students have an understanding of how written music works they will find playing in ensembles or bands much easier and are likely to progress further in their musical education. 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.

Composition & Arranging

Learning to compose is both an important part of a young performer's 'musical diet', and a rewarding endeavour in itself.

The Leeds Junior Conservatoire Composition and Arranging classes provide a relaxed, fun environment where students can cultivate an understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm, pitch, structure and experiment with unusual time signatures, unconventional scales, and unique sounds, across a number of different genres.

From year-to-year, the composition syllabus changes (enabling students who attend Leeds Junior Conservatoire Composition and Arrangement in multiple years to continue their development), but each academic year is split in to three sections, focusing on a different 'environment'. In the first of these sections, students learn to use Sibelius, which is the industry-standard notation tool. Simultaneously, they develop their composition skills and their ability to create tidy, professional-looking scores. The second section focuses on Logic, which is an extremely powerful digital audio workstation which allows students to create and manipulate synths, drum loops, and audio effects. The third section is designed to improve students' ability to compose using pencil and paper. 

Music Production

Students will be learning insights into the world or Music Production by sharing their time between one of Leeds Conservatoire's 6 Mac labs and professional recording studios.

Students will be focusing on:

  • Recording Techniques - how do we capture live sound
  • Mixing and Mastering – the process of fine tuning recorded raw sound using industry standard software.

This lesson is great for students who want to record their own music, understand how recorded sound can be adapted during the mixing and mastering process and for anyone who is interested in potentially pursuing an element of music production work in their career.

Musical Theatre Singing

In Musical Theatre Singing we explore the vocal repertoire of musicals from Gilbert and Sullivan to the present day. This encompasses many style and genres, and students are encouraged to gain as wide an experience as possible of the Musical Theatre genre.

Vocal technique is at the heart of this course. Students will learn about vocal health and stamina, and will gain an appreciation of how to perform challenging material in physically demanding conditions.

In addition to this, students will be encouraged to interrogate and understand the text they are singing. There will a strong emphasis on acting through song and on how to employ your vocal technique to serve the story you are telling.

Students will work on solos and in groups, learning how to hold the spotlight and how to blend with an ensemble. Each lesson involves the students showing their work, developing their confidence.

Actor Musician

Actor Musicianship is a dynamic and progressive interdisciplinary craft which is currently surging in popularity in the theatre industry in the UK.

It is perfect for musicians who are interested in developing new performance skills through their music and musical actors who want to develop their musical skills in theatrical contexts.

Actor musicianship explores the use of music in performance to tell stories, create theatrical worlds, enrich acting skills and develop music theatre-making processes.

Each term explores exciting performance projects including storytelling through music, composing and scoring text, devising with instruments and dramatising musical pieces.

Students will learn a range of individual and ensemble skills through practice and performance; including improvisation, listening, spontaneity, rhythm and collaboration, as well as developing their own artistic voice through theatre-making.

Students are placed in an ensemble according to their interests, ability and age.  

We have a large variety of ensembles at Leeds Junior Conservatoire, with genres including jazz, pop, classical, folk, rock and metal.  Each ensemble is led by one of our talented professional tutors, who have a wealth of teaching experience as well as active performing careers.  Students develop their listening, arranging, composition and improvisation skills, and learn how to rehearse and perform as a group.

Our Industry Insights workshops are run by talented freelance musicians and industry professionals who are experts in their field. 

Designed to give experience in various areas of music, examples of workshops that have taken place this year include: 

  • Music Distribution
  • Graphic Scores
  • Writing a gig/concert review
  • Planning a world tour
  • Singing in a Rock Choir
  • Stage Tech: How to avoid feedback and set up a PA
  • Public Speaking
  • Looking at Graphic Scores
  • Collaborative composition and improvisation
  • Samba Rhythms
  • Creating a successful YouTube channel
  • Musician Tips and Tricks
  • Artist Persona

10 Reasons why you should choose Leeds Junior Conservatoire

  1.  Raise your aspirations
  2.  Study at Leeds Conservatoire
  3.  Performances in professional venues
  4.  Work with industry professionals
  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

Entry requirements, fees & funding

Entry requirements

Target+ is designed to support students who have already been enrolled onto the Target programme or playing an endangered species instrument for at least two years. 



2022/23 Fees

LJC tuition fees are just under £8.70 per hour, with a yearly total of:

  • 4 hour programme: £1,040

Monthly instalments are available from £104

*Students who live or study in Leeds are eligible for a 50% bursary through Leeds Music Education Partnership.


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

We have a bursary fund that supports students and their families dependent on their situation. In 2021/22 bursaries of between 10% and 100% were awarded. 

Find out more about applying for a bursary.

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