Postgraduate Collaborative Piano

Collaborative Piano is offered as an MMus or Postgraduate Diploma programme.

Both programmes are available as two-year, full-time programmes. Studying on a more intensive basis, the MMus can be completed in 13 months and the
Postgraduate Diploma in 10 months. All programmes commence in September.

All students on this course are actively involved in the musical life of the College, collaborating with students and ensembles in all departments. This emphasises and encourages the attitude of usefulness that will be essential for collaborative pianists throughout their careers.

In addition to regular one-to-one tuition from specialist members of the piano staff, students receive regular coaching in ensemble performance and take part in masterclasses with renowned accompanists and chamber musicians. 

The course is carefully structured to ensure that students develop a broad repertoire knowledge through in-depth study of instrumental duo performance, vocal accompaniment (with a crucial focus on language and coaching skills) and chamber music. At the same time, students have the opportunity to nurture their own areas of interest in their recital programmes.

Key Features

  • Advanced tuition in piano accompaniment from specialist staff
  • Regular coaching in ensemble performance
  • Masterclasses with leading international accompanists and chamber musicians
  • Specialist performance classes with students from a range of instrumental disciplines
  • Language classes and vocal coaching sessions
  • Advanced training in chamber music

Key Features of all Postgraduate 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 and sustainable technique
  • International masterclass series
  • Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
  • Opportunities to work on historical instruments, supported by Informed Performance classes and seminars
  • Wide range of performance opportunities in world-class facilities
  • Training in performance analysis and presentation (MMus only)
  • Study of psychology of collaborative performance for conductors and orchestral performance (MMus only)
  • Advanced research training (MMus only)
  • Optional work-based learning module
  • Optional training in advanced teaching skills, outreach, sound recording and arts management
  • Opportunity to create and curate own performance projects
  • Focus on employability and transferable skills
  • Opportunities to study abroad at a partner conservatoire via the ERASMUS Exchange Programme

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