BEAT Music Academy East

BEAT Music Academy East (formerly East Barnet Music Centre) is a warm and friendly environment for your child to enjoy excellent musical training and opportunities. We currently have 25 members of staff delivering group and individual lessons. This Music Academy is one of two Saturday Music Academies originally managed by the Council’s Music Services.

We currently have:

  • a jazz ensemble
  • three wind bands (of various abilities)
  • three rock 'n' pop groups
  • a guitar ensemble
  • a beginner woodwind and brass group
  • sessions for Young Music Makers aged 3-7 years
  • recorder groups
  • infant and junior choirs
  • individual instrumental lessons

Concerts take place at the end of each term.

Wind Bands

BEAT Music Academy East has various wind band and instrumental groups of varied standards, giving players the opportunity to play together at a level appropriate to their own abilities. When ready, students are promoted to the next group. If you play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument we would love to see you at BMAE!

Beginner Groups

At BEAT Music Academy East we believe it is important to be involved in making music with others from as early as possible. Once your child can play four or five notes on their chosen instrument they can attend our beginner groups. These run for one hour and are led by experienced, specialist tutors.

Jazz Ensemble

This ensemble takes place half an hour before the main bands begin to rehearse each Saturday morning. Aimed at students of a minimum Grade 2 standard and above, the band covers music from a wide range of jazz styles from 1920s Glen Miller through to modern day jazz standards. The ensemble has regular opportunities to perform both within the music academy as well as at outside venues.

Young Music Makers (YMM)

YMM classes are for children of nursery age through to school Year 2. Classes aim to introduce children to the enjoyment of practical music making, and to develop musicianship skills from the earliest possible age. They will learn to sing, play percussion instruments and understand basic music notation, rhythm and pitch, alongside learning social skills such as interacting in groups, and sharing a love and enthusiasm for music.

In Year 2, children have the opportunity to choose which instrument they would like to learn, following a demonstration by our excellent musicians. There will then follow a suitability test to ensure students choose an instrument suitable for them. Lessons will then commence at the beginning of their Year 3. Children have the free loan of an instrument for the first year

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

We offer individual lessons on most brass and woodwind instruments, violin, voice, guitar, ukulele, drum kit, piano and recorder.

Lessons on the instruments listed above are available to all children subject to availability, and in some cases a suitability test.

BEAT Endangered Instrument Scheme 2020: This scheme is open to double bass, trombone and tuba.


Email [email protected]

On Saturday mornings the emergency contact number is 07773 893721‬.


For more details about instrumental lessons and ensembles see here. To enrol your child, please email [email protected]. Or why not come and visit us on Saturday mornings - we're open from 8.30am–1pm.


We are located at the following address:
East Barnet Academy, 
Chestnut Grove, 
East Barnet EN4 8PU

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