Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Introduction

The Royal Conservatoire is Scotland's national centre of professional vocational training in performance arts. Our location is the heart of Glasgow; our orientation is the contemporary international scene. We are leading the way as one of Europe’s top conservatoires, offering a rare breadth of artistic disciplines.

Everything we do, as in our RSAMD days, is driven by our desire for excellence. Students flourish thanks to the extraordinary blend of intensive tuition, a rigorous performance schedule, working with professional counterparts in industry, and the space to create with others across the disciplines if they wish. Both students and staff are prolific in creating truly innovative new work.

At the Royal Conservatoire, tuition is constantly supported by our partnerships with high profile performance companies in Scotland and beyond, and by our staff’s professional expertise.

Highly vocational training

We offer outstanding specialist learning to the highest professional level and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in dance, drama, music, production, screen and education. Our training is rigorous and inextricably linked to the professions. We also nurture talent at all stages and ages with a wide variety of courses from weekly sessions to specialist summer schools.

Our facilities - amongst the best in Europe

We have recently invested £8.5M in the development of superb new facilities at Speirs Locks Studios and in the refurbishment of our Renfrew Street Campus. We believe our facilities our now the best in Europe. They include six professional performance venues; a high ratio of practice rooms per student; three recording studios; percussion studios; professional stage technology; four bespoke dance studios; new studios for technical, design, scenic art, set-building and costume design and construction. All these are backed up by the latest IT and digital technologies.

Our location in Scotland’s artistic heart

Scotland has a dynamic arts heritage and Glasgow is known as a capital of culture. It’s home to many of the performance professions - and many are located immediately around us. The city is very ‘ student friendly’ with a large student population of 80,000. Excellent transport links makes it easy to reach most of the European capitals by plane or train.

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Programmes

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Master

Master of Music (MMus)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Glasgow

Are you aiming to make music your life’s work? Are you aspiring to become an opera singer, a concert artist or orchestral musician; to accompany, compose or arrange; to work as a freelance instrumentalist or to be a conductor, music leader or animateur. You may be planning to coach or... [+]

Master of Music (MMus) Are you aiming to make music your life’s work? Are you aspiring to become an opera singer, a concert artist or orchestral musician; to accompany, compose or arrange; to work as a freelance instrumentalist or to be a conductor, music leader or animateur. You may be planning to coach or teach, either as the sole focus of your professional life or, more likely, as part of a portfolio career. You might have your sights set on doctoral study, on making a contribution to Scotland’s vibrant traditional music culture or may perhaps wish to fulfil one of the vital specialist music roles in related art forms such as ballet. Whatever your rationale for applying to the Royal Conservatoire’s MMus, you will be here to refine and extend your musicianship in preparation for your next steps. With this range of individual aspiration in mind, we have designed the Masters framework to offer you a great deal of choice and flexibility around your core principal study, however that is defined. The level of choice and flexibility also reflects the reality that you will probably pursue a portfolio career, either by necessity or through choice.Whatever your individual rationale for study, the Royal Conservatoire’s Masters framework takes as its starting point the notion that you already have a broad base of skills, knowledge and understanding, and a realistic and well-focused sense of what you need to build on that base to reach higher levels of accomplishment and understanding. Taught postgraduate programmes are aimed at graduates from Conservatoires and universities or individuals who have attained an equivalent standard through experience. The programmes lead to a postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), Master of Music (MMus) or Master of Opera (MOpera). You can progress through a choice of options determined by your individual needs, ability and aspirations. You will experience rehearsals and performance in a wide range of contexts. Our flexible programmes include studies in: Performance (includes all string, woodwind and brass instruments, guitar, timpani and percussion, piano solo, piano ensemble, piano repetiteur, harpsichord and concert singing) Scottish Music Opera Studies Composition Conducting Advanced Accompaniment Repetiteur Pianist for Dance Research Preparation (for students planning doctoral level studies). We have designed the framework to encourage a meaningful interaction between your artistic and your broader intellectual development; to give you space to develop and take ownership of a specialism without reducing the versatility that you will need to succeed as a professional musician. Most importantly, we have designed it so that you can and must take ownership of the learning process throughout the degree and beyond it, whether in the professional world or in higher studies (such as a PhD). We have set ourselves high aims for Masters study at the Royal Conservatoire – nothing short of changing your relationship with the work you do as a musician. This is what distinguishes study at Masters level from the undergraduate experience. You begin your postgraduate studies with the core of your musical personality – the skills, understandings and attitudes that define you as a musician – already established; we want your postgraduate studies to nurture that existing artistic personality so that you can really make a difference in the fields in which you choose to work. We will also encourage you to be curious and resourceful, because however great your musicianship, you will only sustain a satisfying career if you can constantly renew yourself artistically and professionally, and draw nourishment from the diverse professional and intellectual challenges and opportunities that a life in music will pose. Specialisations Brass Composition Conducting Guitar and Harp Jazz Keyboard Opera Repetiteurship Scottish Music Strings Timpani & Percussion Vocal Studies Woodwind Entry Requirements Normally a good Honours (at least 2.2) degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme APEL route must submit a Portfolio of Evidence of Professional Practice and either a Reflective Practice Journal or Documentation Project Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications. English Language The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS – 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component [-]