M.A. Orchestral Performance (PGDIP/MA/MMus)

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Application deadline: Please contact us directly for advice on late applications
Tuition fee:
  • € 9,620 / Year (EEA)
  • € 19,020 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Orchestral Performance programmes are available as MMus, MA and Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) awards on the following instruments; Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn (French), Oboe, Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani, Trombone (Bass), Trombone (Tenor), Trumpet and Tuba.

Key Features of the Orchestral Performance Programmes
* Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
* Participation in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and/or Welsh National Opera placement schemes
* Mentoring scheme with industry professionals
* Orchestral and sectional rehearsal and performance opportunities at RWCMD
* Specialist, advanced orchestral repertoire performance tuition
* Advanced tuition available in supporting areas such as Alexander Technique, doubling instrument, end-of-line instruments and period instruments
* Professional accompaniment provision

Contents

Key Features of all Programmes
* Two year, full time programmes starting in September
* One year intensive programmes available in some cases
* Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
* Training in career development, self-promotion, event management and sustainable technique
* International masterclass series
* Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
* Performance Practice training supported by seminars, tutorials and symposia
* Training in performance analysis and presentation (MA and MMus)
* Advanced research and specialist performance analysis training (MMus only)
* Established work placement schemes
* Optional training in advanced teaching skills and arts management
* Opportunities to study abroad at a partner conservatoire

Requirements

Entry to the postgraduate music programmes is by audition (or by interview for Composition and Creative Audio and New Media applicants). Candidates should be able to demonstrate a level of performance ability appropriate for professional training. Composition applicants will be asked to send examples of their creative work to discuss at interview.

Minimum entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in music (2:1 or higher for Masters applicants) or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.

Applicants who already have a postgraduate diploma or equivalent qualification in music may be eligible for entry to the one year MA Top-Up programme.

International Applicants
International applicants whose first language is not English will need to gain a recognised English language qualification e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent. Minimum English language requirements are different for different levels. Please check the list below for specific levels:

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes

You will need to achieve an overall IELTS 5.5 with no lower than 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

MA Programmes

You will need to achieve an overall IELTS 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

MMus Programmes

If you are completing this course over one year you will need to achieve an overall IELTS 7.0with no lower than 6.5 in reading and writing and no lower than 5.5 in listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

If you are completing this course over two years you will need to achieve an overall IELTS 6.5with no lower than 6.0 in reading and writing and no lower than 5.5 in listening and speaking components (or equivalent qualification).

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