Endangered Instrument Scholars

Endangered Instrument Scholars at SMT

The SMT Endangered Instrument Scholarships start at the beginning of each Academic Year (subject to funding). The endangered instruments vary each year but include:

  • Trombone
  • French horn
  • Tuba / Euphonium / Baritone
  • Bassoon
  • Double Bass
  • Viola


Free small group lessons at Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday Music Academy

Applications open during the summer term, and a letter will be circulated via schools, Music Academy, SMT social media posts and this page.

These scholarships will provide pupils with the opportunity to start to learn an ensemble instrument that they may not otherwise have the chance to learn. The scholarships would especially suit piano or keyboard students looking to start a second instrument, allowing them to experience the social aspects of group music-making. Scholars are expected to take advantage of our free Theory and Aural classes and join an SMT ensemble after one or two terms.

Scholars would receive a one-year scholarship that includes:

  • Free instrument hire
  • Free small group lessons at Wednesday or Saturday Music Academy
  • Free SMT Ensemble membership, with the expectation of compulsory attendance and progression through the appropriate ensembles.

Who can apply?

Children and young people who:

  • attend a state-funded school in the London Borough of Sutton
  • are in Key Stage 2 or 3.
  • are not currently learning an endangered instrument.


We particularly welcome applications from students who already receive piano/keyboard lessons.

Apply here!

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please email suttonmusictrust@cognus.org.uk outlining your child’s suitability and why they would benefit from this scholarship.