Broadening musical horizons

A message from Dr Timothy JonesDeputy Principal (Programmes and Research)

 
Studying at the Academy is a transformative experience. It will raise your game technically, artistically and professionally.

At all levels — Undergraduate, Masters or post-Masters — the Academy’s programmes of study are designed to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and experience that are essential for a successful career in music in the 21st century. They reflect the current professional reality of being a high-level musician, and have the structured flexibility to serve the evolving needs of individual students’ ambitions and aspirations. 

To achieve this, the content and delivery of our programmes are in a constant state of controlled evolution. In particular, we take great care to fine tune the content and delivery of principal study, practical activities, professional development and academic components so that the entirety of the programme is greater than the sum of its parts. In 2013 the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency praised the way the Academy embeds professional development within the curriculum and the care we take in constantly improving an already world-class student experience. This approach has led us to establish two new post-Master’s programmes in 2015: an Advanced Diploma for those who wish to study at the very highest artistic level, mentored by a leading practitioner; and a Professional Diploma for those who wish to focus on a clearly-defined set of professional skills and interests which they have developed during their Master’s programme. 

We believe that all Academy students should be able to communicate the power of music not just in their performing or composing, but also in written and spoken form.

We recognise that studying at an advanced level is demanding and we take great care over the ways we support our students’ education and training. This is not just a question of the expertise and experience of the Academy’s teaching staff, or the incomparable resources of our Library, Collections and Museum, but also the emphasis on individual lessons and small-group teaching at the core of our programmes and the support we give to focused professional development.

All our programmes of study benefit from the Academy’s vibrant research culture, which has particular strengths in research through creative practice — whether in the fields of artistic collaboration, the creation of new texts, or the investigation of performance traditions. In the last five years research undertaken at the Academy includes the premiere production of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s new opera Kommilitonen! (co-commissioned with the Juilliard School, New York), two studies funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council — the development of the new Redgate-Howarth oboe mechanism,and a new edition of Fauré’s songs (published by Peters Edition) — and a host of collaborative projects between students and staff and between Academy researchers and museums and galleries in the UK, mainland Europe and North America. Each year the Academy hosts around 100 research events, ranging from conferences and exhibitions to world-premiere performances, public lectures and student-centred research seminars.

This is an environment in which artistic and intellectual curiosity are given every opportunity and encouragement to flourish.