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MMus/MA Repetiteurship

Introduction

As a student on the MMus/MA Repetiteurship programme you will work and study as part of the internationally reputable Alexander Gibson Opera School. In your studies you will work regularly with the resident staff, Timothy Dean, Head of Opera, Duncan Williams, Head of Music Preparation, and Julia Lynch, all of whom have considerable professional experience both nationally and internationally. You will also have the opportunity to work with Derek Clark (Head of Music, Scottish Opera) and other Scottish Opera Music Staff and to see and hear them in action.

The programme offers a wide range of appropriate experience and opportunity, ranging from playing for classes, opera scenes, full production rehearsals, playing as part of the orchestra, or as continuo player, in performances and, where appropriate, conducting.

Previous students who have studied this discipline at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have gone on to study and work at the highest level including at the National Opera Studio, the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and other Opera Houses in Europe.

Introduction

As a student on the MMus/MA Repetiteurship programme you will work and study as part of the internationally reputable Alexander Gibson Opera School. In your studies you will work regularly with the resident staff, Timothy Dean, Head of Opera, Duncan Williams, Head of Music Preparation, and Julia Lynch, all of whom have considerable professional experience both nationally and internationally. You will also have the opportunity to work with Derek Clark (Head of Music, Scottish Opera) and other Scottish Opera Music Staff and to see and hear them in action.

The programme offers a wide range of appropriate experience and opportunity, ranging from playing for classes, opera scenes, full production rehearsals, playing as part of the orchestra, or as continuo player, in performances and, where appropriate, conducting.

Previous students who have studied this discipline at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have gone on to study and work at the highest level including at the National Opera Studio, the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and other Opera Houses in Europe.

Programme Outline

The MMus programme is made up of four modules. Principal Study incorporates one-to-one lessons in piano, with the addition of specialist coaching in the skills required of a repetiteur. The Supporting Studies module offers a range of experiences in support of your principal study, including playing for classes, opera scenes, and the study of operatic languages. The programme is completed by the Approaches to Critical Artistry module, in which you carry out a practice-based research project, and up to two Elective modules in each year of study.

The structure of the one-year MA programme is similar, including Principal Study, Supporting Studies, Approaches to Critical Artistry and the option to take one Elective. This programme is completed by the Negotiated Study module, offering the opportunity to pursue an significant period of independent study in an area of your own choosing.

Full details of the structure of both the MMus and MA degrees are in the MMus-MA Guide for Applicants 2015-16, which can be found at http://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/.

How to apply

Applications for the MMus/MA Repetiteurship for Dance programme should be made through the UCAS Conservatoires website. There is a UCAS application fee of £24 (which is in addition to the audition fee) which allows you up to six choices of programme of study.

Before applying we recommend that you read the Guide for Applicants which provides information regarding entry requirements, and the full application and audition process. Please download the Guide to Applicants – MMus/MA here.

Late applications may be considered, find out more on our Apply for Music page.

Entry requirements

  • Normally a good Honours (at least 2.2) degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications. If you wish to check the suitability of your qualification/experience, please contact admissions@rcs.ac.uk.

English Language

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).

Other equivalent English Language qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@rcs.ac.uk for more information.

  • IELTS – 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component

Audition Requirements

Audition requirements are given in the MMus-MA Guide for Applicants 2015-16, which can be found at http://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2016-17

  • MMus Repetiteurship (2 years) UK/EU Students – £7,896
  • MMus Repetiteurship (2 years) International (non-EU) – £15,135
  • MA Repetiteurship (1 year) UK/EU Students – £10,713
  • MA Repetiteurship (1 year) International (non-EU) – £18,192

Scottish/EU students

New Scottish and EU domiciled students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan. All eligible students will be able to apply directly to Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a non-means tested loan of up to £3,400. See the following website for further details of the PSAS scheme:

http://www.saas.gov.uk/full_time/pg/index.htm

Scottish domiciled postgraduate students on eligible courses can also apply for a Postgraduate Living Cost Loan up to £4,500 towards living expenses. This is in addition to the existing loan available towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Scholarships

Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here

Sources of external funding

For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.

The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.