The MMus/MA programme is designed for students who aim to make music their life’s work.
Perhaps you aspire to become an opera singer, a concert artist or orchestral musician; to accompany, compose or arrange; to work as a freelance instrumentalist or to be a conductor, music leader or animateur. You may be planning to coach or teach, either as the sole focus of your professional life or, more likely, as part of a portfolio career. You might have your sights set on doctoral study, on making a contribution to Scotland’s vibrant traditional music culture or may perhaps wish to fulfil one of the vital specialist music roles in related art forms such as ballet. Whatever your rationale for joining the Conservatoire’s MMus/MA programme, you are here to refine and extend your musicianship in preparation for your next steps.
The programme is designed to flexibly accommodate this wide range of aspirations. The specialist strands include:
- Performance – includes all string, woodwind and brass instruments, guitar, harp, timpani and percussion, marimba, piano solo, piano ensemble, harpsichord and concert singing
- Chamber Music
- Historically Informed Performance Practice
- Piano for Dance
- Piano Accompaniment
- Scottish Music
Each of these specialisms may be pursued through one of two routes, the two-year MMus (Master of Music) or one-year MA (Master of Arts in Music). Full details of the structure of the programme are given in the MMus-MA Guide for Applicants which may be found at https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/.