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Introduction to Musical Direction

Weekly course for adults

Introduction

This specialist course for aspiring Musical Directors runs alongside our other Musical Theatre performance weekly courses and offers the opportunity to develop the main skills needed for musical directing under the mentorship of a musical supervisor.

Please note: this course runs in two blocks: Jan – Mar and again Apr – Jun. Price listed is per block, and you can join one or both blocks.

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Introduction

This specialist course for aspiring Musical Directors runs alongside our other Musical Theatre performance weekly courses and offers the opportunity to develop the main skills needed for musical directing under the mentorship of a musical supervisor.

Please note: this course runs in two blocks: Jan – Mar and again Apr – Jun. Price listed is per block, and you can join one or both blocks.

See also:

Course outline

The aim of this course is to:

  • Develop an individually flexible and adaptable process through the exploration of varying skills and roles associated with musical directing
  • Provide focused sessions to support the interpretation and preparation of material
  • Facilitate observation and participation in rehearsals providing opportunity for feedback and development of process
  • Provide students with the opportunity to explore the relationships with a creative team and engagement with the production process

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Lifelong Learning using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.

How to apply for support from the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships:

  • All applications should be made online. Please click on the link to apply.
  • Your application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course.
  • You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarships FAQs

Exclusions:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS. The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Lifelong Learning also benefits from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

We accept applications all year round and you can find out more about the Agnes Allen Bursary here.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but an understanding of music theory would be beneficial.

We are accepting students with no formal music training but who have a passion and enthusiasm for learning more about this area.

Preparing for your course

There are no preparation requirements for the course, although it would be useful to bring a folder for scores, a notepad, and pens and pencils for notetaking.

At a glance...

Introduction to Musical Direction (Jan – Mar 2018) Wednesdays, 6.30 - 8.30pm 20180322 156

Term dates and tuition fees

Term 4: 19 April – 21 June 2017 (excluding 24 May)

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in developing their skills as an Musical Director. It would be useful for amateur MDs who would like to develop their skills, and also for musicians who are interested in finding out more about the role of an MD.

Teaching staff

David Higham

David Higham is a Musical Director based in Scotland. He currently co-ordinates the MA Musical Directing and BA Music strands within the programme as well as working in many theatres across Scotland as a Musical Director/Orchestrator and Vocal Coach.

Musical directing credits include: The Choir (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow/ ATG) Our House, Betty Blue Eyes, Little Shop Of Horrors, Into the Woods (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Dance Derby (Company Chordelia/Scottish Opera), Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella (The Beacon, Greenock), Jerry Springer the Opera, In Touch, Spring Awakening (The Fringe, Edinburgh, One Academy Productions), MD/Orchestrator The Wizard of Oz (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow) Godspell and Notes to Self (RCS)

Musical Supervision credits include: The Addams Family, Avenue Q, Company, Sunday in the Park with George, First Lady Suite and Rocket Science, (One Academy Productions)

Keyboard experience includes: Wicked (Apollo Victoria, London and UK Tour), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre, London), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK/International Tour), West Side Story (UK tour) and MD for Little Shop of Horrors (Pitlochry Festival Theatre)

 

Further training

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Additional Information

Throughout the course you will work with an experienced musical director.