Welcome to MGA’s Junior School!

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts believes top-quality performing arts training should be available to even the youngest actors, singers and dancers. Through Junior School sessions, individual classes and industry workshops, MGA offers affordable training opportunities to talented young people aged from 4 and upwards:

The MGA experience

MGA groups and classes offer exceptional performing arts training, and lots of opportunities to meet new people and build up your self confidence. Hard work, determination, ambition and above all a great sense of humour are encouraged in all our students by our team of world-class teachers and visiting industry experts.

Alongside regular classes and groups, Part-time students may be invited to participate in one-off workshops led by visiting professional performers, directors, choreographers, agents and practitioners. Many of our younger students also choose to extend their training through the summer by coming back for the MGA Summer School.

There are opportunities to perform throughout the year for members of Stage Academies and Stage Academinis, including at the MGA annual Christmas extravaganza held at the Usher Hall, when MGA students come together to spread Christmas cheer through music and dance! Junior School students may also participate in fundraising activities, Academy events and end-of-term presentations.

MGA School of Part-time Studies work alongside our industry partner Network Artist Management who have successfully secured many professional engagements in Film, TV and Stage for our young talent. We are enormously proud of our younger students who have successfully auditioned to perform in professional engagements in TV, film and on stage.

Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre

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MGA is extremely proud to be Scotland’s first and only CDMT-accredited Performing Arts school for our full-time training. CDMT ensures the provision of high quality professional training through recognition and accreditation of full-time dance, drama and musical theatre schools and colleges, and has provided the industry benchmark of quality assurance for professional training in the UK since 1979.

MGA’s part-time school has Recognised School status. A Recognised School is a pre or non-vocational dance, drama or musical theatre school that is committed to putting the safety of its pupils first and meets the following nine requirements of good professional practice. CDMT schools are distinct from the large numbers of unregulated dance and drama schools operating throughout the country – they are committed to professional practice, safety and student wellbeing. The Recognised School mark demonstrates to students, parents, and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry and standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether dancing for leisure or with an eye to a career in the profession.

Student destinations

MGA’s winning combination of attributes has proved hugely successful and is evident in the destinations of the students who come through our Junior School groups.

Students looking to continue into professional training and a career in the industry have auditioned successfully to move into our very own Full-Time School courses, whilst others have made the transition to full-time training at several excellent drama schools, including:

  • Mountview (London)
  • Arts Education (London)
  • Performers (London)
  • Knightswood (Glasgow)
  • Bird College (London)
  • Laine Theatre Arts (London)
  • Guildford (Gulidford)
  • American Academy Music and Drama (NY, USA)
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD) (Glasgow)
  • Bodyworks (Cambridge)

Support structure

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts has a Child Protection Policy in place. The School of Part-Time Studies is coordinated by our fantastic Principal, Louise Ferrier, supported by a fantastic team of tutors and consultants.

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