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Popular Music (for ages 12 - 17)

Summer Schools for Young People

Introduction

This summer school gives you the opportunity to develop your musical skills and versatility within the vast range of genres and styles of popular music. During the week you will develop and apply your solo performance skills in an ensemble setting to give you experience of the collaborative nature of writing, arranging and performing popular music.

You will be given the unique opportunity to work with practicing musicians who will share their experience and encourage originality and expression and help you to situate your own original work within different genres and contexts. In previous years guest artists have included Admiral Fallow Bdy_Prts and Emma Pollock, who shared their creative processes, while other activities have included live performances, rhythm and singing workshops, performance classes and site visits to some of the venues that have shaped Glasgow’s iconic music scene.

At the end of the summer school you should feel empowered and more informed about making popular music on your own and progressing into further or higher education.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 8 June 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This summer school gives you the opportunity to develop your musical skills and versatility within the vast range of genres and styles of popular music. During the week you will develop and apply your solo performance skills in an ensemble setting to give you experience of the collaborative nature of writing, arranging and performing popular music.

You will be given the unique opportunity to work with practicing musicians who will share their experience and encourage originality and expression and help you to situate your own original work within different genres and contexts. In previous years guest artists have included Admiral Fallow Bdy_Prts and Emma Pollock, who shared their creative processes, while other activities have included live performances, rhythm and singing workshops, performance classes and site visits to some of the venues that have shaped Glasgow’s iconic music scene.

At the end of the summer school you should feel empowered and more informed about making popular music on your own and progressing into further or higher education.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 8 June 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

A typical day will consist group performance sessions where you will have the opportunity to work with other students to prepare a range of pieces for recording. Your repertoire will consist of both covers and originals. In your bands, you will have the chance to hone your skills in working with other performers. By the end of the week, you will have gained a good understanding of what is required for the further study of popular music at college, university or conservatoire level. You will also have had the opportunity to record both as a soloist and an ensemble.

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.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



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.

 

Indicative schedule

Indicative Schedule – 2018
Subject to change

Monday 9th July

  • 9.45am: Welcome
  • 10am: Samba drumming
  • 11.30:Workshops
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Ensemble workshop
  • 5pm: Finish

Tuesday 10th July

  • 10am: Keyboard workshop
  • 11.30:Workshops
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Ensemble workshop
  • 5pm: Finish

Wednesday 11th July

  • 10am: workshop
  • 11.30:workshops
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: workshops
  • 3.45pm: workshop
  • 5pm: Finish

Thursday 12th July

  • 10am: Vocal workshop
  • 11.30: workshops
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Ensemble work
  • 5pm: Finish

Friday 13th July

  • 10am: Ensemble work
  • 11.30: Ensemble rehearsals
  • 1pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Ensemble rehearsals
  • 3.30pm: Ensemble rehearsals
  • 5pm: Finish

Entry requirements

Students will be asked to submit a short recording which best displays their playing level before being accepted by the course leader. We suggest that musicians playing at approximately Grade 5 level (ABRSM or equivalent) would benefit most from this summer school.

Recordings can be uploaded to your online application form as a unlisted YouTube link or mp3. This can be done using your mobile phone, tablet or any hand held recording device. No need to worry about recording quality, it is to access whether this course is best suited to your current level.

Students should come to the course expecting to work hard, be challenged and enjoy contributing to the creative process.

Preparing for your course

Whilst not essential you are encouraged to bring any original pieces you have been working on to the course.

Short course feedback

“The Popular Music course just jumped right out at me, and I was glad to know I didn’t need any classical knowledge. The tutors were fantastic from start to finish, covering all bases from the technical playing of instruments to the social and collaborative aspects inherent to music making. To me, the variety of what was on offer and the feeling about the Conservatoire was the best part, and what I remember the most. The combination of the tutors, space, and the structure of the course was fantastic. I learned a lot from the tutors regarding playing and performance, but what was most important was the confidence it instilled in me to pursue my passion.”

Popular Music summer school participant

 

The popular music summer school which I attended a while back is where I decided that it is what I wanted to pursue, so I thought it would be important to mention to you the positive impact it has had on me, in terms of both experience and inspiration. From working with other likeminded people in our ensembles to having sessions with Admiral Fallow and Emma Pollock, it was an incredibly enjoyable and worthwhile experience that I’m very grateful I was able to have.

Popular Music summer school participant

At a glance...

Popular Music (for ages 12 – 17) 10am - 5pm 20180713 245 Application Deadline: 20180611

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look!

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for high school students who are considering studying popular music at college, university or conservatoire in the future.