Introduction

The Music Teachers’ Association is the largest and longest established music teachers organisation in the UK and seeks to inspire our members as they continue to commit so much time and energy to the musical education of thousands of students.

Through this Directory we seek to connect independent schools with parents who are looking for the best musical opportunities for their children, and we are proud of the part this Directory has played in sowing the seeds to grow some of the country’s finest musical talent over the last twenty five years.

We are excited to welcome many new schools every year to the Directory, some of whom are detailing their departments for the first time. We are also excited to see many schools who have completed and opened new music facilities of the highest possible specification and we hope you enjoy browsing what is on offer in the book.

The decision of which schools to apply to can be a long and sometimes stressful process and we want to make this time as easy as possible. In the Directory itself, you will find that the schools have been presented in regional sections – making it easier for you to navigate to the area of the country in which you are currently living or considering for your child’s education. You will also find articles giving insight and advice from some of the country’s most respected music educators. To purchase the book, please email keith@musicteachers.org.

The Music Department Directory is separated in to geographical areas:

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EAST

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EAST MIDLANDS

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LONDON

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NORTH EAST

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NORTH WEST

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SOUTH EAST

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SOUTH WEST

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WEST MIDLANDS

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YORKSHIRE

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SCOTLAND

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WALES

The Music Department Directory is the comprehensive guide to outstanding music departments in independent schools across the UK. Now in its twenty sixth edition the Directory is the only publication to detail music departments in full and be distributed to thousands of parents nationwide.

  • Schools grouped regionally
  • Facilities, Activities, Staff and Fees
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Sizes and Results
  • Full contact details for both school and music department
  • Tips and skills for auditions
  • In-depth articles on the importance of music
  • Opportunities for students from national organisations

PREMIUM PUBLICATION
The Directory is a premium publication with detailed listings as well as useful articles for parents from prominent members of the music education field. It is designed as a tool for parents to locate and choose the schools most applicable for their child. Each school may have a different musical emphasis or size of department, and such factors as well as many others can effect a parent’s choice of school. The guide seeks to provide the alternatives in a clear and non-competitive way, with staff details, facilities, areas of specialism and concentration, size and fees.

USEFUL TOOL
The book is used by thousands of parents as well as those directly working in the field of music education to gain a clear picture of what is on offer. We have received feedback from students, parents and teachers as to how the Directory has served as a guide in their choice and a tool during the entrance examination process.

Schools are arranged geographically to make browsing easier, depending on your location, with clearly tabbed, colour-coded sections.

WIDELY DISTRIBUTED
The Music Department Directory now distributes up to 7000 copies nationwide. ABRSM and Trinity College – the UK’s two main exam boards make sure that all of their examiners, representatives and exam centres have a copy. We distribute hundreds of copies at the national Music Education Expo each year as well as through the major orchestral and choral organisations, Conservatoires and to parents.

If your school (independent Senior) would like to be included in the next Directory please email Keith Ayling for an application form: keith@musicteachers.org
For MTA members, the Music Department Directory is sent complimentary, as part of your membership every year. Members can also download a digital copy from the members area.

The new edition is published every Autumn. To purchase a copy please click here:

• The Music Teachers’ Association recommends that 13+ Music Scholarships take place in the fifth week of January each year •