24th/25th June 2017

For all Suzuki strings, a whole weekend of tuition with a visiting team of Suzuki specialists, also including a fun concert at Tamba Park!

Tue 27th June 2017

For all students taking ABRSM and Trinity exams this term, the opportunity to try their pieces through in front of a friendly audience!

11th, 12th and 13th July

Three informal platforms for students to perform pieces they have been working on this term.

24th – 29th July 2017

The academy’s summer music course combines intensive musical study with fun outdoor activities. This year is our 11th year of running this popular programme, and our excellent faculty of teachers and performers will welcome all for an unforgettable week of music and adventure! This course is open island-wide, and available for strings, brass, piano, percussion, flute, clarinet, and saxophone students of all levels aged 9-17. We also welcome complete beginners, and those who already play but wish to spend a week experiencing a new instrument!

Each morning from 9am-1pm music tuition takes place, incorporating one-to-one lessons, chamber music coaching, and group workshops.  All students will also be involved in Musicianship activities, incorporating elements of Theory and Aural training. All students also participate in instrumental groups, with daily rehearsals and coaching sessions. Several concerts will take place during the week, involving both the teaching faculty and the students.  After the music is finished each morning, students can enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn before the afternoon’s activities. These will include:

  • Kayak Expedition – Exploring the North coast cliffs and caves by sea with Jersey Kayak Adventures.
  • Durrell Concert – An afternoon visiting the animals, leading to an early evening concert in the beautiful grounds of Durrell.
  • Aquasplash – An afternoon of swimming and fun!

Contact us for a brochure and application form.

30th July – 7th August 2017

Jersey International Masterclasses will run again this summer, involving many visiting and local music college students, and working closely with Royal College of Music.  Our goal is to provide world class education to students who want to learn from internationally acclaimed musicians and pedagogues. Our distinguished professors are experts in developing to the full the talent of modern-day, award-winning performers.

The Masterclasses take place in Jersey, away from the pressures of the outside world, students are able to learn and work in a relaxed, stimulating and contemplative environment. The classes are housed in the beautiful Jersey Academy of Music, Chateau Vermont – one of Jersey’s finest properties. Here students will receive inspiration, opportunities to learn, interact with other musicians, and perform. We aim to provide guidance in every aspect of concert and artistic life.

Professors / Staff

Jonathan Barritt – Viola (UK)

Leonid Gorokhov – Cello (Germany/UK)

Viktoria Grigoreva – Violin (Ukraine/UK)

Grace Macdonald – Saxophone (UK)

Leonid Margarius – Piano (Ukraine/Italy)

Mark Messenger – Violin (UK)

Maria Tarasewicz – Piano (Ukraine/Belgium)

Saturday 11th March 2017


A wonderful day was had by all in our ‘Piano, Piano, Piano!’ project!  All the piano teachers at the academy joined forces to create a varied programme of piano-related activities during the day.  The morning focussed on Primary-age students, and the afternoon on Secondary-aged students, with each session ending in a concert for parents, family and friends.  In each session the children were divided into groups, and moved around the academy from activity to activity led by Georgie, Morag, Tara, Grace, Sam, Chris, and Julie.

Each session started with an introduction to Pianology led by Georgie:

Which led on to physical activities outside, moving and stretching in the sunshine!:

There then followed a session focussing on performance ideas and presentation led by Tara:

Five pianos were assembled in one room for a ‘multi-piano improvisation’ workshop with Chris and Julie, exploring special effects produced from stroking and plucking the strings inside the pianos.

After breaktime, the children were split into small groups of duos, trios and quartets to learn new pieces for two pianos which were then performed in the concert at the end.  Some very interesting and unusual performances emerged which were enjoyed by everyone!

We are also pleased to share some feedback we had from the day, many thanks to all involved:

I just wanted to thank you so much for organising the super ‘Piano, Piano, Piano!’ day. My son Jack Byrne absolutely loved it and hasn’t got off the piano since. It is so lovely to see him so enthusiastic about playing and wanting to practise, you obviously really inspired him. Please pass my thanks onto everyone involved.  Katerina 

Congratulations to the following JAM students for their success in the PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year Competition 2017 Heats:

  • Matthew Bowen – Winner, Percussion Heat
  • Emilie Edelenbos – Winner, Strings Heat
  • Esther Cushen – Winner, Piano Heat
  • Jonathan Cushen – Winner, Junior Brass
  • Nic Lawrenson – Winner, Junior Strings

Looking forward to the final at the Opera House on Sat 4th March. Bravo!

Wed 18th Jan 2017

An opportunity for all the academy students taking part in the annual PwC Jersey Young Musician of the Year Competition to have the opportunity to run their programme through in front of a friendly audience to help prepare for the competition itself.


11th/12th February 2017

Two visiting examiners for ABRSM and Trinity examination boards will visit the academy to talk to children and parents about the exams, helpful hints and tips for young musicians entering exams, and detailed information on all the grades and levels.  Workshops coached by the examiners Helen Duffy and Graham Harvey will take place on the Sunday for flute and brass students from 10am leading towards a performance to family and friends at 2pm.

Following the success of the previous three London Concert Day-Trips, the academy will be running another short tour aimed at students from Year 8 upwards.  It will operate as a day-trip to London, presenting the opportunity for local children to hear one of the world’s leading orchestras in one of the world’s best concert halls!  The Philharmonia Orchestra will be presenting an outstanding programme of music including Holst’s The Planets and Elgar’s Cello Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall.