Performance can be a large part of being a successful musician. Here at Northern Music Academy we encourage students by holding one or more concerts per year, providing both the incentive to improve and an opportunity to showcase what you have learned. Though entirely optional, performing is an excellent way to gain confidence and consolidate any improvements you have made. Our concerts provide a supportive, friendly environment where students not only have fun, but also gain a great feeling of satisfaction.

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Students Excel in Piano Exams




In recent Trinity College piano grade exams, students of Northern Music Academy all scored highly. Five entrants took exams ranging from Initial to grade five, all of them attaining at least a ‘Merit’, three of whom did better still, qualifying with ‘Distinction’. The students, ranging in age from eight to seventeen, maintained a tradition of high achievement going back thirty years.

Initial Grade

Sophia Gamit – Passed with Merit

Grade 1

Victoria Holmes – Passed with Distinction

Cynthi Xiao – Passed with Distinction

Grade 3

Edwin Knight – Passed with merit

Grade 5

Eve Knowles – Passed with Distinction

As a guide, exams are marked out of 100. 

60 marks and above = pass; 

75 or over = pass with merit;

87 or above = pass with distinction

Teacher: Darrell Priestley

Ian Clayton tells ‘A Northern Music Story’




Some years ago, in the course of my work, I met Ian Clayton for the first time. Ian had brought his son, Edward, to try out out for piano lessons. At age 4, Edward had just expressed an interest in learning piano, and so began a teaching relationship that took our families’ through Edward’s growing up years and led to lasting friendship.

Fast forward to today, and Edward works in adult education, but music remains a big part of his life, and he plays piano regularly with The Glass Caves. When I mentioned to Ian that we were updating the Northern Music Academy website, he was kind enough to volunteer a story for publication on the website, and the completed story duly landed in my in-box the very next day.

This lovely story tells of a child’s musical journey, from a family point of view. A simple tale, told with great tenderness from the perspective of a loving parent, this edifying story is now available to read in the news posts on the new Northern Music Academy website. I find it quite moving; perhaps you will too. I commend it to you.

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