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What does studying at YYM involve?


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YYM operates on Sundays during term time.  If you join the scheme you will find the wide variety of activities on offer will take up most of the day, roughly between 9.30am and  4.00pm. Some instrumental tuition may take place at other times, by arrangement.

The Sunday sessions are designed to leave you free to continue to participate in any general school and local authority music activities with which you wish to be involved.


Teaching takes place in two centres: one in Leeds at Leeds College of Music and the other at Albemarle Music Centre in Hull.

Here is travel information for Leeds and Hull YYM centres.


Music is a demanding but richly fulfilling discipline. It brings its own rewards, but it also fosters wider attributes such as creativity, self-confidence, self-discipline and teamwork.

If you aspire to a career in music then the YYM scheme provides a firm foundation and will prepare you for a Conservatoire or University education. This standard of musical education is not readily available through the regular school system.

If a career in music is not for you, and you plan to study and work in some other professional sphere, you will nevertheless find that your life has been equally enriched by your experience in Yorkshire Young Musicians.


YYM at work

Once you have got through your audition to YYM  an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) will be drawn up for you by the Director, in close consultation with your parents / carers and the YYM mentor from the teaching team, who will be allocated to you. Your mentor will continue to monitor your progress and development on a regular basis throughout your time at YYM.

Your ILP will usually contain four main elements:

  • Individual Instrumental Tuition
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Musicianship
  • Second Study

Individual Instrumental Tuition

YYM currently offers individual tuition in the following specialities, and has an ever-expanding team of highly qualified tutors:

  • Keyboard: piano
  • Percussion: timpani and orchestral percussion, drum-kit
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, harp
  • Wind: clarinet, flute, oboe, bassoon
  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba
  • South Asian Classical: santoor, sitar, tabla, vocal,
  • Voice

Tuition on your chosen instrument will be central to your Individual Learning Plan.

Your tutor – drawn from the YYM’s panel of teachers specially selected for their experience in the care and development of young talent – will help you develop a carefully designed practice routine. They will also outline (in conjunction with your mentor a framework for the advancement of your technical, interpretative and performing skills. This might include participation in examinations, public concerts and/or local and national competitions.