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  • Qualification

    BMus or MusB - Bachelor of Music

  • Location

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The BMus programme is centred around world-leading one-to-one tuition for performers, composers and electronic musicians. Its principal aim is to develop your ability as a practical musician. At least two-thirds of the programme is focused on your Principal Study.

A minimum of 30 individual lessons a year with our renowned professorial staff are combined with over 100 hours a year of departmental classes, workshops, coaching, and projects with high profile artists, as well as opportunities to perform in some of the country’s finest venues.

From the start, you will be treated like a professional, and given the support and encouragement you need to prepare for the industry. You will establish contacts and gain exposure through our partnership organisations such as the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A Joint Principal Study pathway is also available.

See our Principal Study pages for further information on instrument-specific tuition and performance opportunities.

Years 1 and 2

In addition to Principal Study, the curriculum includes classes and tutorials for integrated and progressive learning in musicianship and critical/ analytical skills. From Year 2, depending on completing the Musicianship courses in Year 1, you can select up to two electives.

Year 1 also includes the Professional Studies 1 module which explores performance psychology, wellbeing, and improvisation and communication skills. In Year 2 you will also take a course in conducting.

Years 3 and 4

In Years 3 and 4, Principal Study continues to be the main focus, alongside the culmination of the two core learning areas of critical and analytical skills, and Professional Studies 2. You also choose from a variety of electives, including specialised work in Principal Study if you achieve the required level, and specialised academic or practical/professional courses.

Principal Study and performance lie at the core of the learning experience at the Guildhall School.

Principal Study is available in:

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
  • Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
  • Timpani & Percussion
  • Recorders
  • Guitar, Harp, Lute, Viols
  • Vocal Studies
  • Piano
  • Composition
  • Electronic Music: Electronic Music, Film Music, Sonic Arts, Game Audio, Live Electronics, Popular Music Production, New Media
  • Jazz: Voice, Composition & Arranging, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Piano, Guitar, Electric Bass, Violin, Double Bass, Drums, Percussion

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University information

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

  • Campus address

    Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Silk Street, City of London, EC2Y 8DT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    33rd out of 87 13

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    140 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95.0 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%



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