How Departments Work

During your time at the Conservatoire, you will study within a particular department, determined by your first study area, and on a particular course.

Most specialist activities are arranged by departments, where you will learn alongside other students in your area (strings, winds, etc) who are following a range of different courses (undergraduate, postgraduate, research).

A collaborative approach

You will also undertake more general activities and classes which are part of your course (BMus, PgDip etc) where you will work with musicians studying at the same level as you, but across a range of different disciplines.

This intermixing contributes to the Conservatoire’s friendly and collaborative atmosphere and encourages our students to learn from one another.

First Study Areas

Your first study activities will be demanding and challenging, and will take up the majority of your time.

It is important that you allow yourself adequate time to compose or prepare for solo and ensemble performances, to study for exams, to complete your academic work and to undertake other important engagements.

Joint first study is not offered between all instruments and is most commonly offered when an instrument or voice is studied in combination with composition.

If you are exceptionally capable in two areas, you may be considered for joint first study in two performance areas; however, you should discuss this with our Admissions Team before making an application.

Versatility is important. So, although you will spend most of your time concentrating on your first study, you will also have the chance to pursue a second study specialism, in an area either related or complementary to your first study.

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