Academic and Supporting Studies: Introduction
Academic Studies are essential to every BMus student’s creative development. A comprehensive range of topical courses is offered across the disciplines of Historical Musicology, Analysis, Performance Practice and Composition, as well as Aural Training, Keyboard Skills, Technology, and Conducting (Supporting Studies) courses which are designed to reinforce students’ critical awareness as performers and/or composers.
Years 1 and 2 of the BMus comprise a common core. In Years 3 and 4, students select their own specialisms from a wide range of electives. The programme’s flexibility encourages students to pursue their own individual interests in order to prepare for a range of careers within the music profession.
Techniques and Analysis
This two-year, seminar-based course aims to develop understanding and appreciation of music at a technical level. Pastiche composition aims to provide facility in manipulating musical materials and ideas. Analysis of musical processes cultivates an ability to make informed performance decisions. Electives in T&A are available in Year 3.
Introduction to Performance Practice
An investigation of performance techniques and interpretative issues. This equips students with tools to investigate repertoire in both historical and contemporary contexts.
Offered to students from the third year onwards, class electives encourage exploration of specific repertoire (e.g. Mozart Opera, Brahms, Messiaen, etc) and development of areas of specific technical expertise (e.g. Instrumentation, Specialist Keyboard Skills, Historical Performance, etc).
Classes run as seminar groups, and students are expected to engage with emerging critical ideas and take the initiative in individual project work.
Topics in Western Music History
This one-year course focuses on the musicological, social and political context of composers within the western art tradition.
Presentational methods range from formal chronological surveys of historical periods to discussions of selected works. The course aims to generate an environment where students feel able to question received terms and definitions.
This curriculum, which is unique to the Academy, is designed to introduce students to new disciplines and thereby extend creative abilities through encouraging critical thought. Subject areas, which range widely, take into account the aesthetic, social, political, and ethical issues facing the contemporary performing artist. Classes are structured as seminars, offering students an opportunity to engage in lively debate.
Academy’s ‘significant work’ towards diversity in classical music is celebrated in keynote speech
Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017
A concert of Prokofiev and Sofia Gubaidulina
Rachmaninov and Schnittke
Works for violin and piano by Brahms and Clara Schumann
The Harp Department collaborates with string and woodwind students