CPD Diploma in Creative Music Leadership

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
Practical experience

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.

One to one guidance and mentoring

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.

At the end of the programme there will be a viva voce examination (45mins) on your work over the year, drawing on the portfolio.

Programme dates

Please see www.ram.ac.uk/term-dates for details of enrolment and the academic year.

Course fees

Continuing Professional Development Diploma fees are detailed on our Fees web page.

How to apply

Please see www.ram.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/application-dates. You should use UCAS Conservatoires to submit your application online, no later than 18:00 UK time on 15 January 2021.

You should also send a CV and Personal Statement by email to openacademy@ram.ac.uk by the deadline.

In your personal statement (c.500 words) please summarise your career to date, and explain your interest in taking this course and how it will support you in your future career.

By applying for this course you will be consenting to the Academy running an Enhanced DBS check to ensure that you are suitable for working with young people and vulnerable adults. Acceptance on the course will be conditional on this being completed satisfactorily.

Audition Requirements

The auditions will be held during mid-to-late February; the date and time will be confirmed during January through UCAS Conservatoires ‘Apply and Track’. You will need to:

  • Prepare a piece of your own choice, of not more than 7 minutes

  • Take part in a group improvisation

This will be followed by an interview.


Please email any queries to openacademy@ram.ac.uk.

For additional information about the programme, you can contact postgrad@ram.ac.uk