HYOT aims to fully reflect Hackney’s diverse communities and promote equality of opportunity. It does this by following an open and transparent student admissions policy, offering a rich internationally influenced musical curriculum and by promoting accessibility through subsidised fees and low cost instrument hire.
HYOT ensures that everyone in our music school benefits from the inspiration of playing alongside professional musicians. Children and young people of a wide range of ability play in Junior Orchestra, allowing beginners to be inspired by more advanced students, who in turn learn through supporting beginners. Chamber Orchestra gives more advanced students the opportunity to work on more challenging pieces. Our Summer School’s choir, orchestra and ensembles are arranged on similar principles.
Music is important in its own right – HYOT makes 1:1 instrumental tuition accessible to local children and young people. Students who started with us when they were very young have progressed onto degree courses, where they have continued with their musical education and development. HYOT is also interested in a wider range of important education opportunities and benefits young people gain from taking up an instrument and playing in orchestras and ensembles.
HYOT partners with the Hackney Music Service, the local authority and local, regional and national funders to ensure that our Saturday and holiday schools are effectively coordinated with other music provision and can be offered at a rate affordable to local residents. We also work creatively with our highly qualified tutors who are all professional musicians.