Studying accordion at the Academy

The Accordion Faculty is a tight-knit community; our students and professors work in a lively, supportive and thriving environment.

We offer programmes for undergraduates and postgraduates to study and perform solo repertoire, hone technical skills, form chamber music ensembles and connect to the wider musical world. 

The accordion is thoroughly integrated into the life and work of the Academy. Both our composers and performers have enjoyed countless collaborations with our accordion students, and the department frequently performs world premieres within the Academy and in venues across London and the UK. Upcoming projects include working closely with the Conducting Faculty on accordion concerto repertoire and performance and also workshops with the Historical Performance Faculty comparing bowing and bellow techniques. 

Accordion Professors 

Our Head of Accordion, Owen Murray, is a celebrated performer, dedicated teacher, recording artist and international soloist with experience in all aspects of accordion performance.  

The accordion department also brings in Visiting Artists throughout the year to give both public masterclasses and internal classes – including Friedrich Lips, Visiting Professor of Accordion.

Accordion Faculty Classes and Activities

Undergraduate students take weekly academic classes in addition to their accordion studies. Classes in Analysis and Aural, Conducting, Technology, Keyboard Skills and Western Music History are designed to compliment and add to every student’s creative development as performers. More information about Academic Studies can be found on the BMus Programme page.

In addition to weekly individual lessons, both undergraduate and postgraduate accordion students participate in:

Chamber Music 

Through a strong and wide-ranging chamber music programme, the response of contemporary composers to the instrument’s emergence is reflected in continuing collaborations with composition students and established composers.

Masterclasses

Public and private masterclasses given by distinguished artists take place throughout the year. These have recently included Matti Rantanen, Mie Miki, Claudio Jacomucci, Inaki Alberdi, Viatcheslav Semionov and Massimiliano Pitocco

Accordion History and Performance Practice 

In these classes, you will learn the history of the development of the accordion and its repertoire along with discussions on playing styles. 

Critical Listening Sessions

In these sessions, you will listen to recordings of old and new repertoire from accordion players all over the world while examining scores and discussing any relevant topics.

Repertoire Classes

LRAM

As an Academy student, you can choose to take the LRAM (Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music) teaching diploma course, which offers a practical and engaging introduction to the principles of teaching.

A personalised education and close support 

Our Accordion Faculty benefits from small numbers, enabling you to receive a personalised education and close support throughout your studies. This combined with the rich musical culture of the Academy, and indeed throughout London, creates an ideal learning environment rich with opportunities for accordionists. Not only do we build links across all Academy faculties, but by promoting our accordionists’ performances, we help connect our students to performers and cities all over the world.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are all required to perform a recital at the end of each year for assessment. 

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