LIPA 4-19 FAQs


What is LIPA 4-19?

LIPA 4-19 is a part-time performing arts academy for 4-19 year olds, set up by The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts – a vocational performing arts university, which was co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney.

What can I do at LIPA 4-19?

You can learn to sing, dance and act, taught by fully trained, experienced professionals in their chosen fields.

Open to all, there are also advanced classes for those wishing to take their performing arts practice to the next level, or even considering training for a career in the performing arts.

Most of all, however, LIPA 4-19 classes are fun and a great way to make new friends.

What if I've never studied singing, dancing or acting before?

Don't worry - our structured approach means that all students – of whatever age – develop their performing arts skills at the correct pace, building confidence as they go.  Our classes also stimulate imagination and creativity, enhancing students' interpersonal and presentation skills. 

When are classes held?

Our UK academies operate on weekends or after school usually over three terms of 12 weeks.

4 to 6 year olds enjoy one and half hours of classes each week, while 7 to 19 year olds enjoy three hours of classes each week.

How do I apply?

To apply for a place at one of our academies, you will just need to complete the 'Apply now' section on our home page and the relevant application form will be forwarded to your email address.

Do I have to audition?

No, we accept students of all abilities. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

How much does it cost?

Prices can vary depending on which academy and age group you choose, these are shown on each academy webpage.

Do I have to do all three disciplines of acting, dancing and singing?

Learning the performing arts is about learning all key disciplines even though we may be only gifted in certain areas. Gaining skills and perfecting others is all part of it. LlPA 4-19's philosophy is to encourage and nurture these main key skills. Through innovative teaching programmes we believe most students will develop the confidence to gain skills in all areas to succeed in the profession.

Do I have to wear a uniform? 

Yes, we have a uniform dress code. We believe this allows students to focus on their studies and friendships without unnecessary concerns.
We request that all students wear a LIPA 4-19 t-shirt or vest top or sweatshirt, details of how to purchase these items will be given to you when you enrol.

All students MUST wear split soled black jazz shoes and plain black tracksuit bottoms/jazz pants/leggings . Jazz trainers are optional. Longer hair should be tied back and no jewellery is to be worn.

Will my child get a chance to perform?

Yes, there is a large-scale end of year production.

My child is shy, maybe LIPA 4-19 will be too daunting for him/her?

LIPA 4-19 has already proved to be a fun and stimulating environment for many youngsters. Through role play and encouragement at LIPA 4-19, many children increase their self confidence and their communication skills. It’s a great place to make new friends and to enjoy tapping into their own imaginations and creativity.

Are the teaching staff qualified?

Our LIPA 4-19 team profiles are posted on the website. We are fortunate to attract the highest calibre practitioners who are also experienced in teaching youngsters.

Will my child be safe?

The safety of your child is paramount. We operate a strict code of practice that has been developed to safeguard your child's safety and well being. We ask all students and parents/guardians to co-operate with these policies. Additional Health & Safety guidelines are applicable in specific areas of LIPA and you must adhere to these conditions as laid down by LIPA staff.

Are LIPA 4-19 staff checked by the Disclosure & Barring Service(DBS)? 

Yes, all LIPA 4-19 staff and those that will come in contact with the students are cleared by DBS to work with students under the age of 18.

What notice would I have to give to leave LIPA 4-19?

Four weeks written notice is required. In the event of a student leaving the LIPA 4-19 part-time academy early, there will be no refund of fees paid.