The Programme

The programme provides an excellent balance between academic studies and music education. The ambition and scope of the programme is reflected in the diversity of activities that are on offer for all members of the academy and this includes the following:

1 to 1 Lessons

90 Minutes

Students will receive weekly one to one lessons with one of our distinguished faculty members. 

Performance Class

90 minutes

A weekly opportunity for students to perform the repertoire they are working on and receive constructive feedback from their peers in a supportive, positive and informal environment. Piano workshops also include group discussion of composers, pianists, piano repertoire and performance techniques. 

Aural Skills

30 minutes

These classes help to develop student’s aural awareness, which is key to becoming an all-round musician. Developing a student’s musical ear helps them to assess their own playing more effectively, raising their awareness of balance, timing and musical shaping whilst improving their musical memory. 


30 minutes

Students will receive support to develop their technical skill and virtuosity. They will look into various schools of thought on piano technique and have the opportunity to share tips and tricks to overcome difficulties in the repertoire they are studying. 

Sight Reading

30 minutes

Weekly classes will help students to build their confidence and level of sight reading ability. Students will learn how to spot key features and patterns that will help them to sight read increasingly difficult pieces quickly and effectively, skills that are vital for learning repertoire. Students will be placed into small groups according to their initial sight reading ability. 

Musical Wellbeing

30 minutes

Alexander Technique is proven to help musicians to improve their movement and posture whilst playing, as well as helping to eliminate tension and anxiety. Coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise through Rossall School’s innovative physical fitness programme, our young musicians are well equipped to meet the demands of performing at the highest level. 

Practice time

Up to 10 hours per week, this will vary depending upon factors such as age and level.
  • Opportunities to receive all lessons and give performances on pianos by one of the world’s finest piano makers
  • Steinway & Sons pianos located in each boarding house
  • Half-termly masterclasses with world-renowned Steinway Artists, such as Martin Roscoe
  • Coaching and preparation for music college auditions and ABRSM exams up to diploma level

Additionally, members of the Academy will benefit from:

  • Half-termly masterclasses with world-renowned Steinway Artists, such as Martin Roscoe
  • Regular performance opportunities across the school and in conjunction with our local and international partnerships
  • Regularly attending classical music performances in Manchester and Liverpool
  • Receiving support for entering competitions such as the BBC Young Musician, EPTA Piano Competition,
  • Rossall International Piano Competition and Anton Rubinstein Junior Piano Competition
  • Coaching and preparation for music college auditions and ABRSM practical exams/diplomas
  • Scholarship opportunities to support tuition.

In addition, securing All-Steinway School accreditation brings incredible opportunities for Rossall School and members of the International Piano Academy: 

  • Access to 1700 Steinway Artists
  • Use of Steinway Hall in London as a performance venue and, by extension, the possible use of Steinway locations across the globe
  • An annual masterclass at Steinway Hall in London with a renowned Steinway Artist.