Our courses are designed to give you everything you need for a successful career in music.

Classes & activities

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.

BMus Core Modules, Years 1 and 2

  • Principal Study/Specialism

    Principal Study/Specialism is the core of your programme. It is taught in individual lessons with your Principal Study Professor and through a range of activities organised by your department.

  • Analytical Skills

    The module provides a grounding in the basic materials of tonal common-practice harmony and counterpoint, and the analysis of smaller-scale musical form.

  • Aural Skills

    Aural Skills develops the skills necessary to receive, form, understand and use musical structures in your inner ear, thus giving your performance authentic power and expressive meaning.

  • Contexts for Performance

    This module in year 1 develops your understanding of the broader social and cultural contexts of the repertoire and performance practices of Western music from ca. 1600 to 1850. You will explore the stylistic and cultural significance of music at different times and in different places; become more familiar with composers, performers and musical institutions that have shaped music throughout history; and gain a broader understanding of the different ways music has participated in ideas, events and changes in society more widely. In the second year, Contexts for Performance develops your understanding of the broader social and cultural contexts of the repertoire and performance practices of Western music from ca. 1850 to the present day.

  • Repertoire

    This module focuses on 20th and 21st century repertoire and explores a number of pathways that might include for example, what is 'modernism', possible mergence of underrepresented voices, the influence of non-classical genres, vocal composition, commercial music theatre, etc.

BMus Elective Modules; Year 3 and 4

  • Analysis of Post-Tonal Music

  • Attentive Listening

  • Aural Skills, Further

  • Baroque Performance on Historical Instruments

  • Baroque Performance Vocal

  • British Music and Culture

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

  • Concert Programmes and Programming

  • Conducting, Intermediate or Advanced

  • Contemporary Music Workshop

  • Free Composition for Performers

  • Fugue

  • A History of Keyboard Music

  • Italian Opera from Rossini to Puccini

  • Keyboard Skills, Advanced or Creative

  • Landscapes of Postwar Music

  • Methods in the Analysis of Tonal Music

  • Musical Culture and Aesthetics

  • Open Academy: An Introduction to Community and Participation

  • Open Academy: Leadership Skills

  • Musical Culture and Aesthetics

  • Orchestration

  • Performing Baroque Music

  • Performing Experimental Music

  • Repertoire Studies

  • Research Project

  • Responding to the Music of Bach

  • Russian Music

  • Song Accompaniment

  • Silent Film Improvisation

  • Transcription and Arrangement

Department Classes
And Activities

In addition to individual lessons, composers participate in the following activities:

Orchestration and Analysis

Developing skills in producing scores and performance parts to build confidence in adapting compositional processes to the
demands of different performance contexts.

Electronic Music and Creative Technology

The Academy has a wide range of Creative Technology facilities. These allow the composition, recording, editing and mixing of a wide range of musical styles to be done using professional-quality hardware and software. We have dedicated staff to teach you how to use it.

Composer Workshops

You will be given regular occasions to rehearse and record your work with talented Academy musicians in both studio and concert hall settings. There are many opportunities for student compositions to be played by orchestral and chamber ensembles both inside and outside the Academy.

Composition Concerts

Composer Platform concerts are given at the end of each term, both within the Academy and in external venues in London.


Throughout the year, we offer a number of commissions to our composers to write for a wide variety of events with professional performers both within and outside the Academy. Recently, three of our composers wrote commissions for the annual Spitalfields Festival.

Seminar Series

This series underpins all composition studies and features guest composers such as Brian Eno, Simon Holt, Judith Weir, Beat Furrer, Martijn Padding, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and Betsy Jolas.

Open Days

Open Days are the perfect way to discover more about the Academy and whether it’s the right place for you.

Find out practical information about the application process, finances and career development on the Open Days Home Page.

Woodwind players in a large group rehearsal