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Developing Essential Skills


Supporting Studies is a series of four core modules that develops essential areas of musicianship and introduces other vital skills during years 1 and 2 of the BMus. All subjects may be studied further at elective level.

Aural Training Mandatory during the first two years of the BMus, training focuses on pitch, rhythm, texture, timbre, analytical and stylistic awareness.


Keyboard Skills The one-year curriculum covers score- reading, harmonisation, improvisation and accompaniment


Introduction to Conducting All students are taught the basic elements of baton technique, from beating patterns to influencing sonority.


Introduction to Technology Students are introduced to recording techniques and studio technology.

Principles of Education (PoE) and Music in Community (MiC) These two introductory electives explore two strands of professional development; teaching skills and outreach.

BMus Faculty Activity

PoE leads into the optional LRAM teaching diploma and MiC may be pursued at advanced level as an elective.

LRAM teaching diploma The Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) teaching diploma provides a comprehensive, practically-based introduction to the principles of teaching.

ABRSM diplomas The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) offers a range of diplomas in Performance, Teaching and Directing. The Academy encourages students to consider taking one or more of the Board’s diploma qualifications in addition to the LRAM. Details can be obtained from

Employabilty The Open Academy Business Placement Scheme provides front-line, professional experience in a range of innovative and stimulating environments. These opportunities complement both academic and practical study, and aim to provide a working knowledge of the current industry climate. The Professional Development Advisor offers ‘drop-in’ guidance as well as a wide range of useful support links on the Academy’s intranet.

Composition The Academy’s four-year undergraduate composition curriculum uniquely integrates the traditionally distinct areas of media and concert composition. See pages 14–15.

‘The foundations for (Karl) Jenkins’s success were set in place… in his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where the rigorous disciplines of classical composition were instilled in him’ The Times, March 2008

‘The playing is impeccable’ The Guardian, June 2006

Orchestras and Ensembles In addition to regular chamber music, the Academy provides comprehensive orchestral training: see p.44.

Ensembles for Singers These include choirs as well as varied classes such as acting, movement, Italian song, German language and lieder, French song, English song, and opera. In Years 3 and 4 these elements are divided into two courses: Stagecraft and Opera, and the Craft of Singing in Modern European Languages.

Above: Leon Fleisher works with Academy students

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As a student composer, you will receive a rigorous and comprehensive technical training whilst learning to apply your skills in a variety of contexts, learning on the shop-floor by working regularly and closely with a variety of ensembles. From year three, you will specialise in either media or concert work, also retaining close contact with the alternative major through special seminars and practical projects. The professionally-equipped Creative Technology Lab supports every aspect of the programme, from digital editing and electro-acoustic composition to Writing to Picture and virtual instruments.

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