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BMus with Honours

Bachelor of Music with Honours

Welcome to the School of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Within these webpages you will find information on each of the different departments within the School of Music and learn more about what you can expect to study if choose to be a student here.

The BMus undergraduate programme is a four-year, full-time course for talented performers and composers of the future. From the very beginning of the course we treat you as an individual, emerging professional, and we’ll work with you to ensure you develop your potential.

Principal study

We are the only conservatoire in the UK to give every performance student a 90-minute individual lesson every week during the academic year. Our students work with personal tutors on a one-to-one basis during these lessons, improving performance and musical skills tailored to individual interests and overcoming technical and creative challenges.

Performing opportunities

The curriculum is centred around performance – it’s what we do. RCS programmes over 500 performances each year: students perform in orchestras, concerts, ensembles as well as supporting performances for the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Screen. Likewise, composers will hear their works performed and recorded by student performers and visiting professionals.

Creative and Contextual Studies

In addition to your principal study, you will study modules designed to enhance your theoretical and applied music skills and develop your awareness of music in historical and contemporary contexts. In later years you can select specialist options to complement your strengths and interests.

Collaborative opportunities

A distinctive feature of studying at RCS is the opportunity to collaborate with students from across the conservatoire, in drama, dance, production and screen. Our unique ‘choice’ modules allow you to explore other areas of the performing arts.

Studying music in Glasgow

Choosing to study music in Glasgow means you will be part of the UK’s largest music economy, outside of London. Glasgow is home to the national companies including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Royal National Scottish Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble. We have partnerships with all of these organisations and our students benefit from playing opportunities, internships and masterclasses with our professional neighbours.

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