The Piano Accompaniment Course (postgraduate only) allows students to develop the highest standards of musicianship and pianism through the study of ensemble repertoire.


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

This CPD Diploma course is an opportunity for professional portfolio career musicians to gain valuable skills, knowledge and practical experience in the field of creative music leadership.

On this course you will take part in lectures and seminars at the Academy, covering topics including:

  • Designing, leading and evaluating projects for schools
  • Improvisation and collaborative composition
  • Work with older people, including those living with dementia
  • Hospitals and health care settings
  • Working with people with special educational needs
  • Early Years settings
  • Cross-arts work

You will benefit from 20 hours of one-to-one tutorials throughout the year, which may be used flexibly. You may wish to group your hours of tutorials into blocks of several hours at key points in the year — for example to explore a specific topic in more depth, or in preparation for a practical project which you would define and lead in the summer term.

You will be required to keep a learning journal over the course of the year. You will be encouraged to draw on this when submitting a reflective portfolio which examines the skills and abilities required for creative leadership, the extent to which you feel that you have progressed, your strengths, and the areas that require further attention.

As well as being offered opportunities to be part of Open Academy projects, you may also be offered placements on projects with some of our partners, including Wigmore Hall, Spitalfields Music, Glyndebourne Opera, the Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera and London Sinfonietta.

In the final term of the course, you will be supported to design, lead and evaluate your own project.

Department Classes
And Activities

Individual Lessons

You will receive specialist piano accompaniment lessons and can also opt to receive a portion of tuition from a solo piano professor. Instrumental chamber music tuition is an integral part of the course.

Concert Performances

In addition to the weekly Accompanists at 5 concert, attended by all piano accompaniment students, there are numerous external performance opportunities including recitals with the Academy’s prestigious ensemble Song Circle at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival.


Accompaniment students benefit from the vast range of expertise available within the Academy. Visiting Masterclasses are also given by distinguished artists such as Helmut Deutsch, Hartmut Hὂll and Graham Johnson.

Song Classes and Language Tuition

Students give prepared performances in weekly song classes (Lieder, French and English) taken by members of the Academy's Vocal Faculty. It is also possible to participate in language classes offed to vocal students.

Répétiteur Skills

Piano Accompaniment students have the opportunity to participate in Repetiteur Classes and to play for Vocal Faculty Opera Scenes.

Skills Test preparation

In preparation for the Skills Tests Exam in the final year, students receive tuition in Harpsichord playing, Sightreading, Transposition and Vocal Coaching.

Open Days

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