9. ADMISSIONS TO THE SATURDAY PROGRAMME
All students from the age of 12 months are eligible to join HMDT Music’s Saturday
Programme. The following age groupings provide a general guideline, although the individual
circumstances of each student (school year, prior musical knowledge, etc.) has an impact upon
their eligibility for a particular programme:
12 months – 4 years The Music Box
Reception I Can Sing! Fledglings Foundation Course
School Years 1 – 2 I Can Sing! Minis, CYMH Red, Piano Programme
School Years 3 – 5 I Can Sing! Juniors, CYMH Yellow, Piano Programme
School Years 6 – 10 I Can Sing! Seniors, CYMH Green, CYMH Blue, Piano Programme, Jazz Blues, JJJA
School Years 11+ JJJA
PLEASE NOTE: Groupings for age range, year groups and Key Stages are provided here as
a guide ONLY. Students are grouped primarily based upon ability. Should you have any
concerns or questions regarding the programme a student is in, please raise this with a
member of staff.
Students may attend regardless of where they live or attend school.
b. ADMISSIONS PROCESS
Application forms are available online at www.hmdt.org.uk YEAR ROUND. You must submit a
completed application form online, to be considered for entry to the Saturday Programme. If
you require a paper application, please contact us. Once you have applied you are
automatically transferred onto a waiting list should there be no available place. You will not
receive notification until we have a place available at which time you will be sent an Offer of
Acceptance Form. You must complete, sign, date and return this within the acceptance period
indicated on your offer (usually 7 – 14 days). Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the
offer. Full details regarding the Acceptance materials will accompany your emailed acceptance form.
The Fledglings Foundation Course is the introductory course to the Saturday
Programme – both for I Can Sing! and CYMH. Students enrolled in this programme are
automatically transferred onto either CYMH Red 1 Course or I Can Sing! Minis, the
following Academic Year. Dependent upon the number in the programme, participants may not
get their first choice.
The remaining places in I Can Sing! Minis and CYMH Red Programme are selected in
two lottery rounds (one in July and one in September) for the upcoming Autumn Term
(selection schedule subject to change). Students who are successful at this time will be notified
in July, August and September via email. All other students are placed on the Saturday
Programme waiting list and given places on the Programme by lottery throughout the year,
depending on availability.
Some programmes are by audition only – currently these are the Julian Joseph Jazz
Academy and the Blue Programme. Auditions are arranged at different times of the year
for these Programmes and both existing students and, JJJA potential new students will be
notified of audition arrangements.
Please note that a place on the waiting list is NOT a guarantee of a place at the Saturday
Programme. You must complete an Offer Acceptance Form and pay the fee for your first term
to guarantee your place.
A typical programme ranges from 1-11/2 hours for a new student to as much as 4+ hours for
more advanced students. Students must be available to attend at any time (between 9.00am
and 2.15pm for CYMH and ICS! or between 12.00pm and 5.00pm for JJJA), however, most
students do not attend for the whole day. The timetable is a complex one and individual
requests for specific times unfortunately cannot be taken into account. In addition, students’
timetables may vary significantly from year to year.
d. PROGRAMME TRANSFERS
Following the Fledglings Foundation Course, students are asked to choose which programme
they wish to follow – ICS! or CYMH. We encourage students and parents to consider
CAREFULLY before making a choice.
For those few students who in the course of their studies wish to transfer to a different
programme, please be advised that places in both ICS! and CYMH are in high demand, and
therefore it may not be possible to grant your request. Please contact the HMDT office to
discuss your request in detail, and we will put you on the transfer waiting list.
In the event a place becomes available, you will be charged a £25.00 Transfer Fee.
PLEASE NOTE: Should a student who has transfered from one programme to another
decide to TRANSFER BACK or TO another programme, there will be an additional Transfer
Fee of £100.00.