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BMus Jazz

‘The commitment to jazz teaching that has filtered through to the once classical-only UK conservatoires is not only producing highly skilled soloists, it is turning those institutions into hothouses for new, fully formed bands playing original material’ The Guardian, October 2009, reviews Symbiosis Big Band, in which Academy performers played the music of Academy graduate bassist Yuri Galkin

The Academy’s undergraduate jazz programme was redesigned in 2011 and now leads to a dedicated BMus (Jazz) degree. This positive and exciting development builds on the distinguished track record of the Academy’s Jazz Department and signals the distinctive training we offer to jazz students.

One-Year Programmes

Exchanges can be for one term, one semester or a full academic year and are normally a reciprocal arrangement. If there is no exchange agreement with your institution, or if a reciprocal student cannot be found, you may be offered a Year Abroad studentship. Please ask your own institution’s exchange coordinator for further information.

Exchange Programmes The Academy has exchange agreements with conservatoires across the world. These are normally for students on a Bachelor programme who have reached the Academy’s Year 3 entry level, but can also be for students on an MA or MMus programme.

The Academy has been awarded an Erasmus University Charter, was a founder member of the Erasmus movement and is a member of the Association of European Conservatoires. Exchanges are also available with institutions in North America, Australia, Japan and Korea.

Year-In Programmes If you wish to benefit from undergraduate training at the Academy but do not require a full programme of study which leads to a qualification, the Academy offers a range of Year-In opportunities. All Year-In students are considered as fully-enrolled members of the Academy’s student body, and have equal access to the Academy’s resources (library, computers, practice rooms etc). Further information is available from or from the Registry.

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The common principles are to: enable you to benefit from one year of conservatoire education provide you with tailor-made studies according to your individual strengths and needs offer you the same performance opportunities provided for degree students (with the approval of your Tutor and Head of Study) offer you appropriate academic subjects in consultation with your Tutor assess your practical and/or academic progress by examination


provide a transcript of your studies, but no award (degree or diploma).

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Gap Year — if you wish to spend a year at the Academy before taking up a full- time undergraduate programme of study at another institution, at which you have already secured a place. Audition requirements are the same as for BMus.


Year Abroad — if you are a non-UK student on a music degree at another institution and wish to benefit from a conservatoire education at the Academy by interrupting studies at your ‘home’ institution, when there is no existing exchange agreement in place. Study can be for one term, one semester or a full academic year. We encourage you to commence the study period in September. We prefer you to audition live (usually BMus requirements) but it may be possible to apply by submitting a recording; please contact the Registry for details.


Organ Foundation — if you are a gap-year student preparing for an Oxbridge organ scholarship, or if you wish to develop your organ/choral direction skills before your formal university or conservatoire training.

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