Taught course

Brass Band Conducting

Institution
Birmingham City University · Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Qualifications
MMusPGDip

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Entry requirements

UK students should normally hold an honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music.

Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music.
Further details about the audition will be supplied once we have received an application.
For full details, audition requirements and audition advice, please visit the Music Auditions section of the Conservatoire website.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Designed for recent graduates and suitably qualified mature students, our taught Master of Music (MMus) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Brass Band Conducting courses provide the technical training, collaborative opportunities and podium time necessary to help you prepare for a career as a professional conductor.

As a Principal Study Brass Band Conductor, you'll be offered individual tuition from expert staff conductors, and will spend considerable time developing your directing techniques in rehearsal and in performance. In addition to attending and participating in scheduled brass band activities, you will be encouraged to explore other opportunities to engage with ensembles, as director or observer, both within the Conservatoire and with professional organisations such as Services for Education and Tredegar Brass Band. Brass Band Conducting students should also expect to attend classes/workshops of their peers studying other conducting pathways.
It's normal for conducting students to be proactive in presenting performances of projects that they've generated themselves. You'll receive support and professional advice in pursuing such projects, which should be viewed as an essential element of your studies. Both PgDip and MMus courses provide excellent opportunities to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession.
You'll have full access to our superb £57 million facilities, including our Concert Hall, 150-seat Recital Hall, our black box performance space known as The Lab, and more than 70 practice rooms, ensemble rooms and workshops; all acoustically designed to provide a music-making environment that is world class.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

Fees and funding

UK students
£11,300 per year
International students
£24,100 per year

Some scholarships and bursaries available; please visit Birmingham Conservatoire website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Full-time Professional Placement 30 months

Course contact details

Name
Conservatoire Admissions
Email
conservatoire.admissions@bcu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)121 331 5901