Taught course

Musical Theatre (Musical Directing)

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland · School of Drama

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold an appropriate undergraduate degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Musical Directing pathway is designed to support the development of skills and creative thought for musicians with a passion for theatre. As a Masters student, you will study the musical landscape, engage in practice-based-research and explore your own potential as a contributor to the future of the art form.

The programme is closely linked with the industry and this ensures that you acquire the practical skills to support a sustained and varied career. Through specialised and focused conservatoire-level training, specific attention will be paid to:

  • Keyboard skills
  • Conducting skills
  • Scoring and arranging techniques
  • Vocal technique and repertoire coaching, Programming and Sound

These one-to-one classes are designed to build your skill and experience as a musical director in the varying areas relevant to the form. You will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects matched to your specific interests and goals. Projects could include:

  • Musical Director, arranger and orchestrator of the RCS Christmas Concert
  • Musical Director of our BA Musical Theatre Glasgow and London Showcases
  • Musical Director on the development of new and commissioned work
  • Assistant Musical Director across fully produced BA Musical Theatre and Actor Muso shows
  • Musical Director of a Cabaret season, Musical Directing roles on a season of work produced for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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