The Accordion Faculty is a tight-knit community; our students and professors work in a lively, supportive and thriving environment.

Classes

Below you will find a list of the types of classes and modules that have been on offer at the Academy.

Core Modules

Undergraduate students take weekly academic classes in addition to their principal study. The classes are designed to complement and add to every student’s creative development as performers.

Below are the module titles for 2020-2021. For detailed information about Academic Studies, download the BMus course handbook.

BMus Core Modules, Years 1 and 2

  • Analytical Skills 1

  • Analytical Skills 2

  • Performing In Context 1

  • Performing In Context 2

  • Aural Skills 1

  • Aural Skills 2

  • Score Reading

  • Artist Development

BMus Elective Modules; Year 3 and 4

  • Analysis of Post-Tonal Music

  • Approaching the Great Luthiers

  • Attentive Listening

  • Aural Skills, Further

  • Baroque Performance on Historical Instruments

  • Baroque Performance on Historical Instruments, Advanced

  • Compositional Techniques of the Germanic Traditions c.1780-c.1880

  • Conducting, Advanced

  • Conducting, Intermediate

  • Contemporary Music Workshop

  • Crossing Cultural Frontiers

  • Free Composition for Performers

  • Free Composition for Performers, Advanced

  • Fugue

  • Listening to Mozart, Thinking about Mozart, Playing Mozart

  • Maestro: a History of Conducting through Film, Recordings and Marked Scores

  • Messiaen in Context

  • Methods in the Analysis of Tonal Music, Advanced

  • Mozart’s Operas

  • Musical Aesthetics and Criticism

  • Open Academy

  • Open Academy. Advanced

  • Performing Baroque Music (with a focus on Handel)

  • Performing Experimental Music

  • Repertoire Studies

  • Research Project

  • Silent Film Improvisation

  • Song Accompaniment

  • Studio Performance

  • Worldwide Repertoires

Department Classes
And Activities

Undergraduate students take weekly academic classes in addition to their accordion studies. Classes in Analysis and Aural, Conducting, Technology, Keyboard Skills and Western Music History are designed to compliment and add to every student’s creative development as performers.

In addition to weekly individual lessons, both undergraduate and postgraduate accordion students participate in:

Chamber Music

Through a strong and wide-ranging chamber music programme, the response of contemporary composers to the instrument’s emergence is reflected in continuing collaborations with composition students and established composers.

Masterclasses

Public and private masterclasses given by distinguished artists take place throughout the year. These have recently included Matti Rantanen, Mie Miki, Claudio Jacomucci, Inaki Alberdi, Viatcheslav Semionov and Massimiliano Pitocco.

Accordion History and Performance Practice

In these classes, you will learn the history of the development of the accordion and its repertoire along with discussions on playing styles.

Critical Listening Sessions

In these sessions, you will listen to recordings of old and new repertoire from accordion players all over the world while examining scores and discussing any relevant topics.

LRAM

As an Academy student, you can choose to take the LRAM (Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Music) teaching diploma course, which offers a practical and engaging introduction to the principles of teaching.

Open Days

We launched our first-ever Virtual Open Days in September 2020. Check out all our content here: ram.ac.uk/opendays