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MMus Performance & Pedagogy

Develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to teach music education as an instrumental or vocal studies instructor. 


The MMus Performance and Pedagogy offers the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills related to learning, teaching, and assessment in music education as an instrumental/vocal studies instructor. The programme emphasises the value of learning and teaching as a professional activity; supports the development of your identity as an instrumental/vocal studies instructor and explores teaching as a key component of your continuing growth as a performing artist. 

The important details

UK Applicant Deadline:
2nd October 2024

International (including EU) Applicant Deadline:
1st December 2024

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Why Study Performance & Pedagogy at RCS?

High-Quality Tuition, Small Class Sizes, & Mentoring Schemes

You will receive the highest quality tuition from expert teachers, many of whom are players in national companies, in small classes. This offers you direct and personalised instruction to enhance your practice. Additionally, you can access mentoring schemes with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Further opportunities to undertake additional performance studies are also included in the curriculum. 

GTCS Qualification

The completion of the MMus Performance and Pedagogy strand will allow you to reach the standard required to pursue affiliation as an instrumental/vocal instructor with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). You will be guaranteed placements in schools and other specialist music learning contexts 

Excellent Career Prospects

You will join graduates who have excellent employment success. Many of our students obtain employment with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Our close working relationships with colleagues in the Education departments of Glasgow City Council and North Lanarkshire Council will support your networking and boost your career prospects. 

Programme Structure

Principal Study 1 – 60 Credits 

  • Individual Lessons (27 Hours) 
  • 2-3 Negotiated Performance Assessments 

Supporting Studies 1 – 30/20/10 Credits 

  • Negotiated departmental activities such as performance classes, ensembles and masterclasses 

Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy 1 – 30 Credits 

  • Group Classes 
  • Placement 
  • Assessed using a 3000-word reflective analysis and observation of teaching practice 

Options – 0/10/20 Credits 

  • Range of optional classes drawn from School of Music and School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film 

Principal Study 2 – 60 Credits 

  • Individual Lessons (27 Hours) 
  • 2-3 Negotiated Performance/Composition Assessments 

Supporting Studies 2 – 30/20/10 Credits 

  • Negotiated departmental activities, such as performance classes, coaching, languages and masterclasses 

Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy 2 – 30 Credits 

  • Group Classes 
  • Placement 
  • Assessed using a 3000-word enquiry and observation of teaching practice 

Options – 0/10/20 Credits 

  • Range of optional classes drawn from School of Music and School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film 

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

Candidates for both the MMus are normally expected to hold a good honours (at least 2:2) degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme.

English language requirements

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Level 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component) is required of applicants to the School of Music. 

Direct entry 

Applications for direct entry beyond Year 1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and following the Royal Conservatoire’s Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning policy. If you wish to apply for direct entry, please mark the point of entry on the UCAS Conservatoires application as 2 or 3. 

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

  • UK: £12,870 
  • International: £27, 467 

Funding & Scholarships

You can find out about the funding and scholarships available for studying at RCS by visiting our dedicated page:

Funding & Scholarships


Cost of Living & Programme Costs

In addition to tuition fees, it is estimated that you will need between £11,200 and £15,300 per year to live in Glasgow, plus programme costs. Much will depend on your lifestyle and whether your course runs for three or four terms. 

Programmes within the School of Music have a range of associated costs related to the specific activities required and advised by the programme team. You can find an indication of these costs below: 

School of Music Programme Costs 

How to Apply

Apply via UCAS Conservatoires

Applications are made through the UCAS Conservatoires website. The UCAS Conservatoires application system is separate from the main UCAS undergraduate application system. If you wish to apply to conservatoires and universities within UCAS, you will need to register for both services.

You can read our guidance about using UCAS Conservatoires on our dedicated how-to-apply page.

We do not offer deferred entry. If you wish to commence in 2026, you must apply next year.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland institution code is R58. You will also require the following programmes codes to apply: 810F

The closing date for UK applications is 2 October 2024, and for international applications is 1 December 2024.  If you submit your application after this date, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed by the audition panel. If you do want to submit a late application, you must contact in the first instance to check we are accepting late applications

Application/Audition fees

There is a UCAS Conservatoires application fee of £28.50. In addition to the application fee, each conservatoire charges an audition assessment administration fee. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland charges an audition assessment administration fee of £65 for this programme.

We recognise that auditioning and interviewing for conservatoires, drama and ballet schools can be costly. The audition assessment administration fee charge allows us to offer a thorough and positive experience to all applicants and we encourage you to get in touch to ask the panel questions and find out more about the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to see if it is the best place for you.


We have a number of policies and statements which you should read when applying to study at the Royal Conservatoire.

Please select the links below to read each policy.


It is your responsibility to ask two separate referees to write references and ensure that these are sent to RCS.

The references must be written by two different people and we will not accept references from family, other relatives or close friends. You can submit your UCAS Conservatoires application form and send your references at a later date, but they must be received prior to your audition date.

UCAS Conservatoires provides reference forms for you to download and send to your referees for completion.

Selection process

Applicants are selected first and foremost based on merit and potential. However, due attention is also paid to the range of Principal Studies accepted to ensure the optimum experience for each student and to sustain the critical mass required for curricular activities, such as the symphony orchestra and choral activities. 

Please note that the Conservatoire is obliged to offer one audition date per application. If you are unable to submit your application/audition recording by the deadline date above, you must email us immediately stating the reason. We have a specific period allocation to audition and all on-time applications will receive a decision before Christmas. If your audition recording is delayed, there is a risk that places will already have been taken and your application may not be considered in the first round of scholarship allocation. 

Audition Information

Audition requirements depend on which principal study you are applying for. You can find these requirements on the individual department pages below:

Interview Information

As part of your audition, there will be an interview with a member of the pedagogy staff to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for study in the area of instrumental and/or vocal teaching.

You may ask you to share your understanding of:

  • The professional values of an instrumental teacher
  • The skill set required to be an effective instrumental teacher
  • Your interests and experiences of curricula, pedagogy and the learning context
  • Performer versus teacher – thoughts?

Why RCS?

We are the only place in Europe where you can study all of the performing arts on the one campus. There is a distinctive creative energy at RCS and you’ll be made to feel part of our inclusive and diverse environment from the very beginning of your studies.

Our graduates are resourceful, highly employable and members of a dynamic community of artists who make a significant impact across the globe.

At RCS, students develop not just their art but their power to use it.

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We were voted one of the world’s Top Ten destinations to study the performing arts (QS Rankings) in 2024, the eighth time we have been placed in the top ten since the ranking was established in 2016.