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.

Your Principal Study is the primary focus of your work at the Academy. The requirements differ from department to department. The below is an overview, for more details please refer to the course specification.

The principal modes of teaching are described below:

  • Individual lessons for Principal Study

  • Performance classes

    These classes provide a bridge between one-to-one tuition, masterclasses, and concert performances.

  • Masterclasses

    These provide students with opportunities to present work to a leading visiting artist, and members of the public.

  • Ensemble and Directed Ensemble coaching

  • Lectures

  • Seminars

  • Academic supervisions

Our Artist Development provision is here to prepare you practically, creatively and strategically for a sustainable career in the music profession. We want you to leave here as fully-rounded, creative and adaptable musicians, with the tools and know-how to gain employment in unpredictable times. Practical sessions and intensive electives through the year include working with online content, personal recording techniques, preparing professional documents, auditioning well, how to get funding, and self-employed finances. We also look at your creative and career options, with talks and workshops on effective programming, orchestral life, working with promoters, creative collaboration, and producing and creating your own projects. Alongside our talks and day-long events, there are ongoing one-off sessions throughout the year, focusing in on more specialised areas, such as West-End work, writing for video games, TV and film, and the improvising musician. We also offer one-to-one career guidance sessions with members of the Artist Development team. Our talks and electives are run by combination of Academy staff and invited experts from all fields of music, including established solo artists, fixers, agents and festival directors.

Artist Development forms a part of the broader range of your work and activities, which we assess over the course of your studies via a portfolio. You receive one-to-one supervision to help guide your study choices and to support preparation for this. The portfolio includes professional documents, such as a biographies, an engagement with internet presence, a short collaborative video, a list of all of your musical activities, including external work, and some written reflection on your development. Your supervisor will help you to use the portfolio to take new kinds of responsibility for your musical development, and to manage your transition out of studentship into the profession.

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.

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