Handbook 9: Admissions to the Saturday Programme

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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.



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.



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.


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