The Saturday Programme

The Saturday Programme

HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme serves over 350 students aged 6 months – 25 years on 30 Saturdays during each academic year. Started in 1995, it remains a vibrant and unique Saturday offering, providing a spectrum of individual projects involving guest visits and work with leading artists, alongside the continually expanding regular classes and programmes designed to enrich the lives of young people through music making. A source of local community pride, the programme also attracts students from across London and beyond.


The Saturday Programme staff are all experienced music educators and professional artists who foster a keen appreciation and understanding of different types of music in a fun environment, building confidence and encouraging success through a “wholistic” learning approach of group learning and individual achievement. This, combined with a broad range of performing experiences within the Programme and at concert halls and theatres, nurtures the Programme’s buzzing community spirit, making it an exciting place for students and parents to pursue their music studies.


Students follow a guided progression route beginning with Early Years programmes – The Music Box and The Fledglings, before choosing to focus upon music theatre (I Can Sing!) or instrumental training (CYMH).


I Can Sing! students may also choose to take instrumental lessons in addition to their normal schedule, and CYMH students follow a structured progression from group lessons to one-to-one lessons, always focussing on music making with others in a variety of ensembles, orchestra and choir classes, whilst our SEN/D programme, Music Treehouse, offers creative composition.


More advanced students will take part in the CYMH Academy, the Jazz Blues, or the prestigious Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, all of which are designed for students to get the most out of their musicianship and themselves.


The Saturday Programme creates well rounded musicians and human beings, many of whom have gone on to perform in the West End, study at music colleges, build careers in music and the arts, and even become music teachers themselves.


Applications are taken all year round and our Financial Aid Programme is available for those who need it. The Music Box, Fledglings, I Can Sing!, CYMH (including the Jazz Blues and Jazz Orchestra) and Music Treehouse take place at Haggerston School in Hackney. The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy takes place at the Bridge Academy campus nearby.


Please take the time to explore all of the programmes below and contact us on 020 8882 8825 with any questions which we’ll be happy to answer.


The Music Box

Designed for under 4s and their family. Each week sees a guest artist performing for your enjoyment, introducing children to a variety of musical genres and cultures in a fun and interactive way.


A Foundation programme for Reception class children, building their confidence in singing and movement leading to end of term performances.

I Can Sing!

Students ages 4-16 have the opportunity to experience the excitement of musical theatre training and performance, while building confidence, teamwork and presentation skills.

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A first musical adventure


An introduction to music

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Don’t just dream about the stage . . .


HMDT’s Instrumental Music School which offers students ages 5 upwards, an extensive curriculum including group and individual instrumental tuition, singing, musicianship and ensembles, as well as the Orchestra and Choirs of CYMH.


Offering talented young instrumentalists and vocalists an amazing opportunity to work with some of the world’s top jazz musicians to develop their creative talents and performance skills, through exploring the American roots of Jazz.

CYMH Academy

Intensive music study involving masterclasses, orchestra and workshops that complements secondary school and FE Music exams.

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Making music together

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It’s not just playing jazz, it’s living jazz!

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Taking music further

Music Treehouse

Young people with SEN/D are given the opportunity for creative musical expression by working with a team of experienced musicians, a music therapist and renowned workshop leader Jason Rowland.


Creative music making