East Sussex Academy of Music

The East Sussex Academy of Music is a unique place to learn about music. We guarantee the very highest quality of teaching in the classroom and in instrumental lessons. We offer the broadest range of musical experiences that will prepare you for the next stage of your musical career – whatever you hope that that might be.

We are constantly reaching out to work with new partners, all of whom are of the very highest quality. We offer a unique range of activities and ensembles, working with professional musicians from high-profile organisations, and our intention is that this will continue to develop in the future.

This is a great time to be coming to us. In the last few years we have seen impressive results coming from all our courses and as expected, we run industry-standard Macs, software and equipment which all students can access. We offer:

We offer large scale and small group music-making in an atmosphere of camaraderie and peer support. We constantly challenge our students to be the best musician they can possibly be.

John Sims – Head of Department

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Find out more about the excellent facilities on offer, what you will study, the range of ensembles you can join and the success of our students

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“There is such a nice atmosphere within ESAM, everyone respects each other and leaving will be hard! I will be studying to become a musician and I have ESAM and its teachers to thank for their support.”

Patrick Weaver – clarinettist

“ESAM has been like a second family to me, it will be weird not to play in ensembles with everyone every week. I am utterly blessed to know everyone here and thank you for your support.

Katie Warren – saxophone

“What a fantastic end to my two years here. Brilliant concert last night topped by performing at the Hangleton Festival. Couldn’t ask better than spending two years amongst talented staff and students”

Harry Plant – trumpet

“I’m so glad I came to Sussex Downs College and studied music. I was unsure at first because it was such a big step for me, but I made friends and joined a folk band straight away. The performance opportunities it gave me where the best thing to build my confidence and performance, and I’m now off to Ireland to study folk music. Thanks all at ESAM!”

Ella Partington – folk fiddler

“Thanks to connections made at ESAM through staff and ex students, I gained a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. If you really push yourself, make friends and connections and work hard you will get so much out of your two years at ESAM and go on to good things”

George Nicola – guitar


In addition to your core subject you will participate in at least one of our many ensembles, take part in many concerts and be given opportunities to perform outside of the college in private functions – from weddings to local festivals.

Pianjo & Co: formed from our Pre-Professional Course, the band have gained success by winning the regional competition and will now perform in Birmingham as part of the Music for Youth’s National Festival

Our concerts are open to all so please do come along, it’s the best way to see what we do! Most of our students go on to study music at Conservatoires and Universities or into the world of freelance. Click on the links for our Alumni of 2015 students:


Once you have chosen your subjects, fill in your application form for Sussex Downs College with your head of music at school through UCAS. This will then get sent to us, and we will be in contact with an audition and interview date.

For more information regarding ESAM, contact our Academy Administrator Jess Ainsworth

01273 336793 / Jessica.ainsworth@eastsussex.gov.uk

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