Whether students have ambitions to become the next Felicity Lott, Simon Rattle, Annie Lennox or Evelyn Glennie, the Royal Academy of Music is committed to helping students realise their talent and follow in the footsteps of their musical forebears and heroes. The academy occupies a striking, purpose-built Edwardian building dating from 1911, joined to the converted Nash-designed terrace of 1-5 York Gate by the David Josefowitz Recital Hall.

Entry Requirements

Evidence of professional performing potential in the applicant's principal study, sound general musicianship and a good aural response. Applicants are not required to have taken any formal practical music examinations. But, as a guide, the Royal Academy of Music expects students to meet the following:

  • Grade 8 or DipABRSM in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations.
  • Grade 8 or Associate Diploma (ATCL) in Trinity/Guildhall examinations.
  • If the student's principal study is not a keyboard instrument, there is no formal minimum entry standard in keyboard skills. But ABRSM Grade 5 minimum (or equivalent) in piano is desirable, to enable them to improve their general musicianship.
  • Full details of matriculation requirements can be found on the Academy's website.

Teaching Methods

  • Heads of Department and professorial staff tutor students, while many distinguished Visiting Professors teach at the academy on a regular basis.
  • Academic Studies are essential to every BMus student’s creative development. A comprehensive range of topical courses is offered across the disciplines of historical musicology, analysis, performance practice and composition, as well as aural training, keyboard skills, technology, and conducting courses, designed to reinforce students’ critical awareness as performers and/or composers.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The curriculum in BMus Year 1 provides the core knowledge, understanding and skills to progress through the rest of the programme. In Principal Study technical issues are consolidated and you gain your first exposure to performing in Academy concerts, performance classes and ensembles (workshops and seminars if you are a composer), which inculcate the programme’s high standards and a professional ethos of music making. Academic modules teach a cluster of interrelated core skills: aural, analytical, and historical. These provide a solid grounding in musical literacy – primarily the ability to listen creatively. Intensive training aims to ensure that musicianship skills are commensurate with and enhance Principal Study. Any fundamental gaps in academic knowledge, understanding and general musicianship are addressed.
  • You begin collecting material to show evidence of your Professional Development. The focus in this area of your musical development is upon self-reflective, critical, and transferable skills related to Principal Study and its connection with other aspects of the programme.
  • The Academy offers its students the chance to study abroad as part of their undergraduate studies, usually in Year 3, through Erasmus+ or individual exchange arrangements outside the Erasmus+ scheme.

Student Services and Facilities

The Royal Academy of Music includes all the requirements of a modern conservatoire:

  • A self-contained dedicated Practice Centre with 20 sound-proofed rooms in the heart of Marylebone Village, a few minutes' walk from the academy's main building, along with over 100 teaching and practice studios.
  • Performance venues including the 120-seat David Josefowitz Recital Hall; the new 310-seat Theatre and 100-seat rooftop Recital Hall, opening in Spring 2018; and the Duke’s Hall, the academy's flagship 400-seat concert venue
  • A dedicated Recording Team and editing studio
  • The well-equipped library for scores, research and recordings; and at the free Museum Galleries, regular research events and on-site instrument workshops.
  • A canteen, bar (open for weekday evening concerts) and shop selling music, accessories and more.

Disability Services

  • The academy offers a wide range of support for students who have specific learning difficulties and disabilities, including exam arrangements and specialist tuition.
  • Disability Advisor provides a confidential service for students and staff, including: Advice and guidance on disability issues within the academy as well as external specialist support services available, 1-to-1 support, screening for dyslexia and dyspraxia, assessment of need for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), and provision of learning support tutor and specialist equipment if appropriate. Please refer to the academy website for the contact details of the Disability Advisor.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union represents the interrests of students at all levels of the academy, overseen by the President of the Students' Union, who sits on all major committees within the academy. An International Student Representative helps new overseas students with particular issues related to studying in a foreign country.
  • The Students’ Union Committee organise social events, holiday parties, sports teams, student societies and charity events.
  • As well as representing students views, the union can also advise on topics including life as London student or how to get student discounts to almost any concert or show.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The academy offers paid job opportunities to students to work as stewards during the audition and examination periods.

Careers Guidance

  • The academy encourages the attitude that a student enters the profession on the day they begin their course.
  • Drop-in guidance and a wide range of one-off events and seminars cover CV preparation, PR and marketing, running ensembles, general entrepreneurship and career strategies.
  • The professional development service delivers events, seminars, lectures and training opportunities.
  • The Royal Academy of Music also aims to prepare students to adapt to new trends, with a Music Business strand to equip students to grasp key concepts and processes in the music business, and the skills needed to harness these; through placements with major industry players, individual career support, options to further specialise in music business and management and ample opportunities for networking.

Student Mix

760 students in 2015–16:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 50%
  • Postgraduate 50%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 100%

Domicile

  • UK 56%
  • EU 21%
  • Other 24%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

History

  • The Royal Academy of Music is a world-renowned institution, training nearly 800 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines.
  • The Academy was founded in 1822, and is Britain's oldest conservatoire; inspired by the past yet also committed to shaping contemporary musical life.

Notable Alumni

Amongst the academy’s most distinguished living alumni are:
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle – British composer and Visiting Professor of Composition at the academy.
  • Lesley Garrett – Britain's best known soprano.
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie – virtuoso percussionist
  • Sir Elton John – singer, pianist, and composer.
  • Graham Johnson – classical pianist and Lieder accompanist.
  • Annie Lennox –  singer, songwriter, political activist.
  • Dame Felicity Lott – soprano.
  • Joanna MacGregor – concert pianist, conductor, composer, and festival curator, Head of Piano at the academy.
  • Michael Nyman – composer of minimalist music, known for numerous film scores.
  • Sir Simon Rattle – principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002.

Further Details

Address Royal Academy of Music Marylebone Road London NW1 5HT
UCAS Code R53