Celebrating 35 Years of Service to Music Education

Northern Music Academy – Since January 1989

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Monday – 11.00am to 8pm
Wednesday – 11.00am to 8pm
Thursday – 11.00am to 8pm
Saturday – 9.00am to 4.30pm

Introducing – Private Tutoring for Literacy and Maths

* Shining the Way to Success Since 1989

* Friendly, Professional Tutors

* Discover the Joy of Making Music

Since January, 1989, we have helped people fulfil their dreams of making music. For the last 35 years, we have kept true to our mission, always to offer excellence while providing a private education that you can afford.

Key advantages include:

Success Orientated Approach

Access to a Wide Range of Styles and Techniques

Lessons Built Around You

Train from Beginner to Conservatoire Level

Though ever professional, ours is resolutely a people business. Why? Because we made it that way. Thirty five years on, and with founders Darrell and Eileen Priestley still very much at the helm, that has not changed. This is why you can trust us to look after you, and to do our significant utmost to ensure your musical devlopment. So, if you or your family member are ready to discover what music can do for you, you could find nowhere better to learn, from starter to star achiever.

For thirty five years, we have been a leading light in music education, attracting able teachers and helping them to build and maintain a viable teaching practise while encouraging them always to be client focused. Throughout this time, our many students have benefited from activities ranging from small shows to high profile performances, concert tours to mainland Europe, and a high success rate in grade exams, but crucially always with the support of the people leading the team. We are, we believe, by far the longest established private music school in the area, and it is hard to imagine any other school providing quite the same focus on quality of music education with such warmth and support. Perhaps this explains why good teachers are always so keen to work as part of this team.

To know the joy of making music for yourself, simply take the first step with Northern Music Academy, and let us help you make music your friend for life.

Start today, by calling us  on 01977 797422 and introduce yourself to a more musical future!

Find Lessons in Keyboard, Piano, Guitar and  much more, right in the heart of Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Learn composition, improvisation, music theory, or the art of performance. Start now, and soon you’ll soon be loving your new musical ability.

Our lesson timetable is designed to work well both in the classroom and online. It is adaptable, and future proof. Plus, for your reassurance we use a secure entry system – part of what we refer to as ‘Safer Sound!’

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Below are some of the instruments you can learn here at Northern Music Academy.

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I go here every Saturday for great quality piano lessons. Each and everyone of the teachers are polite and extremely caring! Would recommend this!

- Harlie W

Latest News

Autumn/Winter 2023 Exam Results




Outstanding music grade exam results bear witness to the commitment level of our highly motivated piano students. You get back what you put in. Well done, everyone!

November – ABRSM Piano

Grade 2 – Vivienne Dela Luna – Age 9

Passed with Merit

Grade 1 Jazz Piano – Freddie Laughton – Age 7

Passed with Distinction

December – Trinity Piano Grades

The examiner made many quote worthy observations, an edited selection of which appear following the results below.

Initial – Sophia Ponsonby – Age 12

Passed with  Distinction

Grade 1 – Vinul Hiniduma Liyanage – Age 10

Passed with Merit

Grade 1 – Kevin Jayasekara – Age 15

Passed with Merit

Grade 1 – Leah Clarke – Age 14

Passed with  Distinction

Grade 2 – Henley Hunter – Age 13

Passed with Merit

Grade 2 – Leila Gurtler – Age 13

Passed with Merit

Grade 2 – Erin Gurtler – Age 13

Passed with  Distinction

Grade 3 – Isabella Flint – Age 13

Passed with  Distinction

Grade 4 – William Hughes – Age 15

Passed with  Merit

If you would like to study for grade exams with Northern Music Academy, please remember: in order that you can expect excellent results, a diligent practise habit must always be securely established.

The examiner was Victoria Proudler. A short selection of her comments follow:

“An excellent level of stylistic understanding led to an exciting, accurate performance played with conviction. Congratulations!”

” A stylish interpretation, showing real understanding. Highly accurate and fluent.”

” Lively and confident, this performance had an excellent tone quality with very good attention to detail.

” This was well-articulated, highly accurate and was played with style and conviction. Congratulations.”

” Excellent answers/A highly secure knowledge, well done.”

” Fully accurate and fluent, this was musically very convincing with an excellent tone and dynamic detail.

” This was an accurate and detailed performance, with excellent articulation and strong rhythmic drive.”

” Congratulations on your outstanding performance!”