Our Music Foundation programme is designed for talented students seeking a place at a university music department or conservatoire.

The programme will enable you to refine your skills (composition, theory, performance and recording) and broaden your musical knowledge and understanding. It is designed to give you unrivalled breadth of content and flexibility, allowing you to focus on particular areas of passion as well as developing your skills and creating well-rounded, confident musicians.

We have two music streams:

Performance: aimed at the more classically trained musician. You will work towards entry into university, conservatoire or music college.

Technology: aimed at the more pop-based contemporary musician who has had some experience with music technology. Students will work towards entry into music tech colleges and pop music courses.

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Why train with us at CSVPA

.....Regular performances throughout the year and guaranteed end-of-year shows.

.....Frequent masterclasses and workshops from visiting conservatoires on audition techniques and how to prepare for your audition.

.....You will benefit from 2 hours of one-to-one tuition every week with your instrument.

.....Class groups are small, allowing for work that can be adapted to meet your needs and also allowing for personalised feedback and guidance.

.....Our teaching staff are highly trained and are,or have recently been, active professionals.

.....Outstanding track record of getting students into music colleges and conservatoires.

  • Ge Fang

    Drama Foundation

    "We are rehearsing a very famous play at the moment for our end of year performance. There is a lot of physical training on this course. This is very good for drama as the physical training helps you with your performances. I am now just applying for a Theatre Directing course. CSVPA is a very good environment to study in and the teachers are really nice and are genuinely concerned about students and their development. It is only a one year course but it is so intense and so very beneficial that it really prepares us for the next step in our career."

    Destination: MA Directing at East 15

  • Joe Pietro Abela

    Music Foundation

    "I sing, play drums, guitar, cello, harmonica and piano - I started the saxophone since coming to CSVPA. My main development is having a more advanced sense of music in general, including the theory and even knowledge of the history of music. This course has helped me understand the instruments better than I used to and helped me become a better musician over all. At CSVPA I have enjoyed the recording classes the most and the fact that you focus on an instrument and you are given more practical skills as well as the history and context of what you are doing."

    Destination: Tech Music School, London

  • Isabella Williams

    Drama Foundation

    "At the auditions for CSVPA were held at RADA in London. It was a very in depth audition day and I could see how amazing the training would be from the CSVPA tutors. I now have a place at Birmingham School of Acting. I have had so  much support, it is the best Foundation course for that. The tutors look at the pieces and you get one on ones and lots of support. My favourite thing is the teaching - it is so in depth, you don't realise how intense it is every day - it is very rigorous. This course gets you in good stead for an acting career, it is the best thing I have ever done! If I hadn't done the course at CSVPA I wouldn't have got into the school of acting I want to go to."

    Destination: Birmingham Conservatoire - Acting

  • Jianan Wong

    Music Foundation

    "I play the piano and analyse music, alongside lots of different areas of music that we study here. Playing the piano is my favourite, including the Mozart and Chopin pieces we are playing at the moment. Cambridge is a beautiful place and it is really nice to study in such a famous city. I am moving onto Geenwich University in London to study Music at Trinity. This course has prepared me well for the next stage in my career and my skills have really improved."

    Destination: Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London

  • Moonjeong Kim

    Extended Diploma in Performing Arts – Acting

    “I chose CSVPA because it was an international school, so it would be very easy for me to adapt to.

    It also gave me the opportunity to learn English alongside my studies, as my English needed a little work.”

    Destination: Acting East 15 Acting School

  • George Martin

    BA (HONS) Fashion

    “The BA course has pushed me to develop further than I Previously imagined I could of done! I have deeply enjoyed my years at Cambridge and have learnt so much than I expected possible in such a short space of time.”

  • Thomas Cannon

    BA (HONS) Graphics and Illustration

    "The course was amazing from start to finish. I matured as an artist and a designer, and I would not have gone anywhere else."

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