Taught course

Choral 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.
All applicants for this course will be auditioned. Home student auditions will be scheduled live in Birmingham. 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) Choral Conducting courses provide the technical training, collaborative opportunities and podium time necessary to help you prepare for a career as a professional conductor. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is currently the most exciting destination for choral conductors, with an active recording and concert schedule.

Our established Choral Conducting specialism allows you to work with a dedicated chamber choir, rehearsing and performing a variety of works throughout your training. You'll be offered tailored individual tuition from our principal conducting tutor Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers), and will also come into contact with Jeffrey Skidmore (Ex Cathedra) through the Conservatoire’s Chamber Choir.
You'll work across the whole spectrum of the Conservatoire’s music making, from core contemporary repertoire and student composition projects, through the central romantic and classic masterpieces back to period performance techniques. 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
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Full-time with Professional Placement 30 months

Course contact details

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