History

  • The Royal Academy of Music is an institution of world renown, training nearly 800 students from over 50 countries in over 20 musical disciplines.
  • As Britain’s oldest conservatoire, we are inspired by the past but committed to shaping contemporary musical life with discernment and open-mindedness.
  • For further information, please visit our website.

Location and Transport

  • Our nearest tube stations are Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line) or Baker Street (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle lines). Both are a short walk along Marylebone Road from the academy. The nearest step-free tube station is Kings Cross St Pancras.
  • Bus numbers 27, 30, 88, 205, 453 stop immediately outside the Royal Academy of Music.
  • Buses stopping nearby, at Baker Street Underground Station: 2, 13, 74, 82, 113, 139, 189, 274. All bus routes are wheelchair accessible and have kerb level boarding.
  • Our nearest mainline railway stations are Marylebone (10 minutes’ walk), Euston, St Pancras International and King’s Cross.

Entry Requirements

  • Evidence of professional performing potential in your principal study, sound general musicianship and a good aural response.

You do not need to have taken any formal practical music examinations. But, as a guide, we expect students to meet the level of at least:

  • 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 your 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 you to improve your general musicianship.

Matriculation Requirements

  • England and Wales – passes in two GCE Advanced level (A2) or Pre-U certificate examinations, including Music. 
  • A pass at AS level counts as half an A level for matriculation, except when the subject is the same as an A level already gained.
  • Scotland – B grade and at least four C-grade passes in Highers, including Music. An A–C grade Advanced Higher qualification is considered to be equivalent to an A level pass.
  • Ireland – B grade and at least four C-grade passes in the Senior Leaving Certificate (Higher Level).
  • We also accept as equivalent to a Music A-level: a pass in ABRSM Grade 8 Theory plus a pass in ABRSM or Trinity/Guildhall Grade 8 Practical.

These qualifications will also satisfy fully the matriculation requirement:

  • BTEC National Diploma or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.
  • Access to Higher Education’ Diploma in Music.
  • International Baccalaureate: the Diploma, including music as a Group 6 subject.

Student Mix

The 775 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 47%
  • Postgraduate 53%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 100%

Domicile

  • UK 53%
  • EU 21%
  • Other 26%

Course Flexibility

  • If you would like to receive an Academy training but do not require a full programme of study that leads to a degree, there is a range of Year In programmes to interest you. All Year In students are considered as fully-enrolled members of the academy’s student body, and have equal access to the academy’s resources (such as library, computers, and practice rooms).

We offer four types of Year In programmes:

  • Gap yearThis is for you if you are about to leave school and wish to spend a year at the Academy before taking up a full-time undergraduate programme of study at another institution, at which you have already secured a place or for which you are in the process of applying. Audition requirements are the same as for BMus.
  • ExchangeThe Academy has exchange agreements with many conservatoires across the world. These are normally for students on a Bachelor Degree programme who have reached the Academy’s Year 3 entry level, but can also be for students studying on a Masters programme. Exchanges can be for one term, one semester, two terms or a full academic year.
  • Year abroad for undergraduate studentsThis is for non-UK students on a music degree (undergraduate, e.g. Bachelors) elsewhere who wish to benefit from a conservatoire education at the Academy by interrupting studies at the 'home' institution, when there is no existing exchange agreement in place. It is possible to attend for part of one academic year (one or two terms, or a semester-equivalent period).
  • Organ Foundation This is for gap-year students preparing for an Oxbridge organ scholarship, or for those who wish to develop organ/choral direction skills before a formal university or conservatoire training. Audition requirements are available on the Organ department pages.

Teaching Standards

  • Our illustrious Heads of Department and professorial staff guide our talented students throughout their time at the Academy.
  • Our many distinguished Visiting Professors teach at the academy on a regular basis.

Research Standards

  • The Academy’s research culture is underpinned by our rich collection of musical artefacts, including our globally renowned collection of fine stringed instruments, our historic pianos, our large holdings of composers’ manuscripts and annotated performance materials from leading musicians from the nineteenth century to the present day, and our significant collection of musical iconography.

Academic Strengths

  • Over 90% of recent graduates are actively pursuing careers in music.
  • Rounded training for the profession includes animateur and educational skills, self-promotion and management, making recordings.
  • Specialist training in diverse areas including musical theatre, jazz, opera, commercial composition as well as traditional performance.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Student Facilities

  • 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.

The Academy includes all the requirements of a modern conservatoire:

  • over 100 teaching and practice studios, rehearsal and lecture rooms
  • several large concert rooms
  • the 120-seat David Josefowitz Recital Hall
  • the Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
  • the Duke’s Hall, our flagship 400-seat concert venue
  • electronic and recording studios
  • a constantly updated Creative Technology Suite
  • a well-equipped library
  • sources of inspiration in our free Museum, which hosts regular research events and includes on-site instrument workshops
  • an excellent canteen serving healthy and value-for-money meals, including vegetarian options
  • Academy Chimes shop, a convenient source for music, accessories and more.

From January 2014, Academy students have been using a new practice and rehearsal centre a few minutes’ walk away from the main Academy campus: 11 Cross Keys Close. The centre is on a quiet mews road in central Marylebone, a short walk from both Oxford Circus and Bond Street tube stations and with very easy access to the many cafes and shops of Marylebone High Street.

  • The centre is available throughout every day during term-time for exclusive use by Academy students. It is open for practice 8am–9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am–6pm on Sunday during term time.

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.

The academy has a Disability Advisor, who provides confidential service for students and staff. Services include:

  • Advice and guidance on disability issues within the academy.
  • One-to-one support for students and staff.
  • Advice on external specialist support services.
  • Assessment of need for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), and provision of learning support tutor and specialist equipment if appropriate.
  • Screening for dyslexia and dyspraxia.
  • Staff development and awareness training.

To contact the Disability Advisor, Judy Fink, please call her on 020 7873 7431 or email disability@ram.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is an independent student body here to help represent the interests of our students at every level in the academy. All current academy students are part of the Students’ Union. The union is overseen by the President of the Students’ Union, who sits on all major committees within the academy.
  • The president meets regularly with academy staff to discuss issues and represent student views. We pride ourselves on having a healthy and open dialogue between staff and students and encourage students to get involved in our Students’ Union Committee. The committee is a team of friendly students who support the president in various ways including organising social events, holiday parties, sports teams, student societies and charity events as well as serving as student representatives in academy committee meetings.
  • The union does more than just plan parties and social activities – we can represent you or a group of students in meetings, answer questions about life as London student, tell you how to get student discounts to almost any concert or show, and provide a friendly atmosphere outside the practice room. If we can’t help you, we will find someone who can!
  • Within the Students’ Union committee, there is an International Student Representative. This is typically a volunteer international student who can help new overseas students with particular issues related to studying in a foreign country.

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

  • At the academy, we encourage the attitude that a student enters the profession on the day they begin their course with us.
  • Our professional development services endeavour to ensure that academy graduates are able to make the most of professional work opportunities, wherever and whenever they present themselves.

We offer drop-in guidance as well as a wide range of one-off events and seminars to help you in areas such as:

  • CV preparation
  • PR and marketing
  • running ensembles
  • general entrepreneurship
  • career strategies.

Our professional development service draws on excellence throughout the industry.

  • It delivers current, relevant professional activity and is embedded at the heart of the Academy’s ethos. Our holistic and streamlined series of events, seminars, lectures and training opportunities provide Academy students with rich and varied professional experience throughout their studies.
  • The Royal Academy of Music is fully aware of just how quickly the music profession changes and we aim to prepare our students to recognise new opportunities and adapt to new trends. Our new Music Business strand strives to equip you with a critical understanding of key concepts and processes in the music business, and the supporting skills needed to harness opportunities the future industry will hold.
  • This strand combines structured course offerings and academic supervision, placements with major industry players for those so inclined, individual career support and further resources all tailored to suit your unique interests. Whether you opt for self-contained workshops or choose to further specialise in music business and management during your studies, there are ample opportunities for networking, academic and personal career development.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The academy intends to transform the cramped and outdated theatre and replace it with superb new facilities, designed by the celebrated architect Ian Ritchie.
  • He has brilliantly reimagined the existing space: reshaping the auditorium, creating a new balcony, improving sight lines and increasing the overall seating capacity by 40%. The design delivers state-of-the-art stage and recording facilities in an adaptable theatre suitable for all forms of classical and contemporary opera and musical theatre productions.
  • The new theatre complex also provides a 100-seat roof-top recital hall, significant improvements to back and front of house facilities and full accessibility.

Notable Alumni

  • Many famous musicians – singers, players, conductors and composers – have studied at the academy.
  • Some have returned as teachers to stimulate new generations of musicians, and others have settled world-wide and become leaders in their chosen branch of the music profession.
Amongst the academy’s most distinguished living alumni are:
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle (now Visiting Professor of Composition here)
  • Lesley Garrett
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie
  • Sir Elton John
  • Graham Johnson
  • Annie Lennox
  • Dame Felicity Lott
  • Joanna MacGregor (now Head of Piano at the academy)
  • Michael Nyman
  • Sir Simon Rattle
  • Jean Rigby 

Further Details

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