Postgraduate Vocal Studies: your experience

The Vocal Faculty attracts talented singers of all voice types from all over the world. Our students benefit from unrivalled opportunities and one-to-one lesson time. Our intensive course not only focuses on vocal and technical study, but also includes weekly repertoire coaching and specialist training in historical performance and new music.

Our students are driven, dedicated and versatile, and are given numerous opportunities to perform in public.


Our singing professors are dedicated teachers and all have considerable experience as active performers with professional singing careers of all kinds. Collectively, they have a wide-range of industry knowledge and insight into all aspects of the profession. Specialists teach specific subject areas such as languages, opera and early music. Visiting Professors come in frequently to work with students in masterclasses, give lectures, and teach one-to-one lessons.

If you audition successfully, you will be offered two free consultation lessons organised by the Head of the Vocal Faculty. We aim to match you with an ideal teacher who will help develop your voice to its full potential.

Vocal Faculty professors

Vocal Faculty Classes and Activities (Postgraduate)

Over the course of study, postgraduate Vocal Faculty students participate in:

  • Lessons and Repertoire Coaching
  • Vocal Technique Class
  • Language Classes
  • Opera Coaching, Scenes and Stagecraft
  • Acting and Movement Classes
  • LRAM: As an Academy student, you can choose to take the Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching diploma course, which offers a comprehensive, practically-based introduction to the principles of teaching.

Postgraduate students are required to perform a recital at the end of each year for assessment.

Preparatory Opera Pathway

Our postgraduate Vocal Studies course incorporates a preparatory opera curriculum pathway. If you demonstrate operatic potential at your audition, but the panel decides that you would benefit from a period of consolidation in both vocal technique and stagecraft, then this pathway will be offered to you. You may then progress into Royal Academy Opera, subject to further audition which occurs during your first year of study.

Solo Recital/Concert Pathway

If you are aiming for a singing career in solo concert and or chamber choir work, you can take a specialist recital/concert curriculum pathway. In addition to weekly the listed Vocal Faculty classes and activities, there is a comprehensive programme of language and song classes as well as specialist classes in oratorio, historically-aware performance and contemporary music.

Other performance opportunities for Vocal Faculty students include:

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