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RCMJD fees and funding

RCMJD chamber group rehearsing
Fees are set for each academic year and are subject to increase as required. Unless otherwise explicitly agreed or arranged with the Head of Junior Programmes in advance, students are expected to take part in all elements of the core curriculum.

Each academic year has 30 teaching weeks, usually divided into three equal terms of 10 weeks each.

Fees for 2020-21

Core curriculum: £1,400 per term

  • First study (45 minutes per week)
  • Musicianship studies (1 hour per week)
  • Choral training (1 hour per week)
  • Orchestra (between 1 and 2 hours per week)
  • Ensemble (1 hour per week)

Additional individual study supplement: £344 per term

  • Additional individual study lesson (30 minutes per week)

Individual study extension: £172 per term

  • Extra 15 minutes per week individual tuition (where agreed by teacher and parent and at the discretion of the Head of Junior Programmes)

Mini-bass course: £552 per term

  • Individual mini-bass lesson (30 minutes per week)
  • Mini-bass group (between 45mins and 1 hour per week)
  • Choral training (1 hour per week)
  • Orchestra (up to 1 hour and 15 mins) for more advanced students where agreed by teacher and parent and at the discretion of the Head of Junior Programmes.

At the start of the mini-bass course fully insured instruments up to quarter-size are provided free of charge by the RCMJD. As a student progresses there is a possibility that they may outgrow the instruments in our collection and require one of a size or level that we cannot provide. We regret that we cannot cover the hire cost of mini-basses in these circumstances.

Applying for a Junior Department bursary

It is our aim that no student is prevented from attending the RCMJD for reasons of financial hardship.

The application deadline for bursaries for the 2020–21 academic year has passed. The PDFs at the bottom of this page are for reference only. If your child has a confirmed place on the Department’s main programme for 2020–21 and you need to enquire about making a late application for financial support, please contact us.

Eligibility for financial support is judged in accordance with the criteria set out for HM Government's Music & Dance Scheme. If you would like more information on income brackets and associated eligibity for support please contact us.


If you would like to speak to us about fees or bursaries please feel free to get in touch.

We would recommend emailing the team with your enquiry in the first instance. If you would prefer to speak to someone instead, please call the number below.

RCM Junior Department

General enquiries

+44(0)20 7591 4334 (11am-3pm Tues to Fri)