Programme Overview

Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is a high-level music training programme for young people with exceptional potential and passion for music and is part of the Department of Education Music and Dance Scheme network. Taking place on Sunday during term time, students receive tuition, ensemble training and classes in music theory, alongside individual guidance and development. There are exciting opportunities to compose music and work alongside inspirational visiting artists, as well as multiple performance opportunities.

The CAT is open to a wide range of musical genres and instruments including voice.

Students on our Centre for Advanced Training are encouraged to apply for a bursary from the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme. We are keen to encourage as many applicants from the widest possible range of backgrounds to access a bursary where needed.

Information about fees can be found in CAT fees for 2018/19 on the left hand panel and information about the Music and Dance Scheme Bursary can be found on the Student Bursaries and Benefits page.

Core Curriculum

  • 60 minute 1:1 lesson
  • Music Language (aural/theory/musicianship skills)
  • Small ensemble / piano class
  • Performance opportunities
  • Enrichment programme (including Improvisation and Presentation Techniques)
  • Guidance from study leader team
  • Workshops with visiting artists

Please see information on the individual study areas:

Music Language and Composition
Wind and Brass
Popular and Contemporary

The CAT promotes several performance opportunities throughout the academic year. These range from a regular lunchtime concert series and end of year festival in the halls of Sage Gateshead to an expanding series of external concerts.

YMP Concerts

Extension Curriculum

  • Large wind and string ensembles
  • 1:1 lesson in a second instrument / voice / composition
  • Regional Youth Ensembles (see below)

The CAT scheduling is fully integrated with our Youth Ensemble provision which offers students exciting performance experiences as well as the opportunity to work with musicians of international standing. Students must apply and audition for these ensembles separately.

Young Sinfonia
Quay Voices

The Centre for Advanced Training isn’t just for young people who want to make their music their profession. Former students have gone on to pursue a variety of careers and attend universities across the UK.

We do all we can to ensure that as well as having an enjoyable and fulfilling time in their musical studies, we prepare the young people with skills that will aid them in whatever career path they choose.

Having gone to Leeds College of Music and studied a Jazz degree at music conservatoire, I’ve recently completed my teacher training and I’m responsible now for planning and delivering my own exciting music curriculum to the students of Blyth. All of which wouldn’t be possible without the years of tuition and support I received at Sage Gateshead. My weekends have not been better spent since!
Jonny Thornton – Former student