The Piano Faculty has a worldwide reputation for training aspiring pianists as soloists, chamber musicians and accompanists. 

We train pianists to think creatively. We will encourage you to find your artistic identity as a performer, developing your technique to become a well-rounded and imaginative musician.

The Academy offers two areas of Principal Study for pianists:

Piano Solo

(undergraduate and postgraduate)

This area of study focuses on solo repertoire, concerto performance and all aspects of professional training. You will work closely with your piano professor, but you will also have the opportunity to play to Visiting Professors and in public masterclasses. Your training also includes regular chamber music and accompaniment experience.

Piano Solo: Your Experience

Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment

(postgraduate only)

This area of study offers specialist piano accompaniment lessons with both singers and instrumentalists. Chamber music collaborations are frequent and performed regularly. These ensembles are coached by our piano professors and also by professors from other departments. You can also choose to receive some lessons in solo piano work.

Chamber Music and Piano Accompaniment: Your Experience


If you are interested in the Academy’s Répétiteur course, information can be found under Royal Academy Opera. Some répétiteur experience is also offered to students studying in the Piano Faculty.

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme

Do you want targeted help to make the leap from being a student to a fully established professional?
Do you have a particular career path in mind and need help preparing to negotiate it?
Do you have a professional niche you want to develop?
Read more about our highly focused, one-of-a-kind Professional Diploma



Sam Batchelor, Piano Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7405 / Email keyboard@ram.ac.uk

Professor Joanna MacGregor

Head of Piano: Professor Joanna MacGregor

World-wide reputation as a concert soloist

Over 30 solo recordings

Experienced Curator/Director, most recently of Dartington International Summer School

Founder of her own label, SoundCircus

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music; Head of Piano here since 2011

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