Welcome to Part-time studies at MGA!

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:

MGA also host Fierce Theatre Schools Edinburgh (age 11-17) in our Balgreen building. For more information, visit fiercetheatreschools.com.

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.

Students enrolled in the Junior School are represented by our in-house, agency, MGA Management and may be submitted for any suitable professional engagements that arise. 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 Education and Training

MGA’s School of Part-Time Studies is recognised by the Council for Dance Education and Training. A CDET-Recognised School is a prevocational dance or musical theatre school that has been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice.

CDET 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, and a wonderful Parents and Guardians Association, who provide much needed help and support across all aspects of our Junior School’s life! The Junior School groups here at MGA are coordinated by our fantastic Principal, Kristofer Harding. He is supported not only by our tutors and consultants but also by a team of parents and guardians who give up their time and energy to support all our projects here at MGA.

With meetings held once a month, any parent or guardian who wishes to attend is made most welcome. Meetings are a chance to find out what plans are being made for the future and what events are coming up in which they could be involved. The MGA Junior School is much more than just somewhere young students come to spend their spare time! It is a whole world of opportunities (on-and-off the stage) for both the individual student and their entire family.

If you would like more information on the MGA PGA please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to welcome you to our next meeting.

A Christmas Wish 2017

18th December, Usher Hall

Published 3/11/17   3:03PM

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Published 16/8/17   11:36AM

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Published 4/7/17   7:40PM

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Last month we were thrilled to send out another generation of fabulous students into the professional world of Performing Arts – particularly because 2017 marks the first year of MGA graduates from all three course streams. So huge congratulations to all our students: graduating in Musical Theatre, in Dance, and,… » Read more

Published 8/6/17   6:55PM

Make a change - take the next step

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Published 15/5/17   3:44PM

Spring Season of shows open tonight!

The Spring season of performances by Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre students opens tonight and we couldn’t be more excited! Join us for three very special shows starting tonight, May 15th, and running through until Saturday 20th May, at the Church Hill Theatre in Morningside, Edinburgh. The third-year Acting students have… » Read more