The Timpani and Percussion department offers an extensive curriculum to allow students to experience and study as much related material as possible.
A carefully balanced curriculum of one-to-one weekly lessons and repertoire classes, playing in various ensembles, interspersed with frequent visits from our distinguished roster of international clinicians, produces a structure and foundation for student learning and engagement. Additionally, students gain lots of practical performing experience through a variety of opportunities: symphonic, chamber, opera and wind and brass ensembles.
You will have 90-minute one-to-one lessons per teaching week in each year on your principal study with our highly acclaimed staff, supplemented by one three hour orchestral repertoire class per week. To further equip you for the profession, we offer specialist tuition from leading performers and educators featuring Drum Kit, Latin American and ethnic percussion and Marimba.
We are fortunate to have Eric Sammut (Orchestre de Paris and Conservatoire de Paris) as our International Marimba Consultant. Eric visits four times each academic year, for two days at a time, allowing Marimba students lots of opportunities to learn from his expertise.
Dave Hassell, session musician and renowned clinician, also makes six visits per academic year, for two days at a time. RCS offers successful mentoring schemes with Scotland’s leading orchestras where students experience the realities of the professional environment.
You will also benefit from three large fully equipped studios for the sole use of timpani and percussion students. Additionally, you will receive regular performance opportunities in the Royal Conservatoire’s professional venues, as well as in some of Scotland’s major concert halls.