Academic Studies

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.

Class Electives

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.

Musical Thought

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 Principal awarded CBE in New Year Honours


Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to music in the 2018 New Year Honours


Auditions 2016


Advice for everyone auditioning for studies in 2017


Bukolika Piano Trio free

18.01.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Bukolika Piano Trio perform Ravel, Messiaen and Debussy

Guitar Recital free

25.01.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Award-winning postgraduate guitarists present three seminal works from the classical guitar’s 20th-century repertoire

Soundbox free

01.02.2018 木曜日 12:30 - 14:00, Museum Strings Gallery

Soundbox is a series of events inspired by the Academy’s Museum and collections

Schwanengesang free

01.02.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Michael Rakotoarivony baritone, Teodora Oprișor piano

Proto-Chopin and the Polonaise free

02.02.2018 金曜日 14:30 - 16:00, Museum Piano Gallery

This lecture-recital explores pianistic and compositional development in Chopin's early polonaises

‘A Crowd of Twisted Things’: New Works for Ensemble and Voice free

02.02.2018 金曜日 19:00, Theatre

This concert showcases a variety of approaches to songwriting from the Academy’s third-year undergraduate composers

Seldom Sene free

08.02.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Academy recorder and viol consorts present a programme from Taverner to Purcell

Historical Performance Masterclass free

12.02.2018 月曜日 14:00 - 17:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Historical Performance masterclass with Menno van Delft

Tritium Trio free

15.02.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tritium Trio perform free lunchtime recital

Vaughan Williams and Warlock free

22.02.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Free lunchtime concert featuring pieces by Williams and Warlock

Trios free

01.03.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tickets: Free, no tickets required Morgan Hayes after Byrd Elemental 9 Huw Watkins Horn Trio Thea Musgrave Pierrot Philip ...

Composers’ Project: The Hermes Experiment free

08.03.2018 木曜日 19:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Gillian Clarke, winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2010, reads from her new collection

String Quartets free

08.03.2018 木曜日 13:05, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Tickets: Free, no tickets required Edmund Finnis Realisation for string quartet Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartet No 10 Tippett ...

Academy Song Exchange free

15.03.2018 木曜日 13:05, Theatre

Singers and instrumentalists from the Academy and the Hochschule für Musik

Academic Studies