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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 staff from the Alexander Opera School, who 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 will give you the opportunity to learn and study all of the core and related skill sets; piano lessons, languages, coaching, continuo playing, style, repertoire and conducting. A large part of your training will be in practical sessions, playing for classes, opera scenes rehearsals, full productions 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, English National Opera, Opera North, 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 staff from the Alexander Opera School, who 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 will give you the opportunity to learn and study all of the core and related skill sets; piano lessons, languages, coaching, continuo playing, style, repertoire and conducting. A large part of your training will be in practical sessions, playing for classes, opera scenes rehearsals, full productions 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, English National Opera, Opera North, 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/.

Audition requirements

The audition and interview

Before your audition, you will have 15 minutes (or more dependent on your Principal Study) to warm-up on your instrument. RCS is not able to offer additional practice facilities before the allocated warm-up time, because the building is in full use by current students or by other audition candidates.

Through the audition, applicants will be required to demonstrate:

  • a high degree of technical competency on the instrument or voice in the service of specific repertoire
  • an ability to demonstrate a considerable degree of understanding of the repertoire performed
  • an ability to perform specific repertoire convincingly
  • a considerable degree of self-confidence and creativity with respect to the repertoire performed
  • a degree of self-sufficiency, initiative and independence in selecting, preparing and performing a particular programme
  • a developing musical personality

The interview will assess the candidate’s suitability for the programme in terms of knowledge, experience and commitment.

Accompanists

Instrumentalists (excluding piano, guitar, jazz, Scottish music and percussion and timpani) and vocalists will be automatically allocated an official RCS accompanist to play for them at their audition (unless RCS is notified that the applicant intends to use his/her own). Applicants will be given time with the accompanist prior to their audition in order to run through their programme. RCS does not require advance notice of your audition programme.

Opera

Please note that Opera auditions may take place over two rounds. Following the first audition, you will be notified if you have been sent to the second round (first and second rounds are on the same day). The audition requirement is:

  • The performance of a programme of three contrasting operatic arias in at least two languages, one of which should be by Mozart, Gluck or Handel.

Repetiteurship

Entrance requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements, candidates will preferably already have:

  • some repetiteur experience at professional or near-professional level
  • broad knowledge (and performance experience) of mainstream operatic repertoire, from performance and listening
  • the ability to work encouragingly and effectively with others, including as part of a larger team

Experience of working in the context of operatic and/or musical theatre, and a knowledge of the main operatic languages (French, Italian, German) is desirable.

Audition

Applicants will be required to perform a solo piano work of their own choice (five minutes), and two operatic scenes of their own choice, one of which should be from a Mozart opera, and the other from a 19th or 20th century score. The scenes should be for a minimum of two characters/voices (i.e. not just arias), the Mozart scene should contain some secco recitative and applicants should be prepared to play and sing from the vocal score, preferably in the original language.

Applicants are also required to play a set operatic excerpt (notified to them two to three week weeks in advance) and to play at sight from both vocal and orchestral scores.

 

All decisions will be posted on UCAS Conservatoires following your audition via UCAS Conservatoires Track, (you will need your username and password). You will also receive notification from UCAS Conservatoires when decisions on all your choices are available.

How to apply

Before applying we recommend that you follow our Applicant Guide journey which provides all the essential information regarding entry requirements, and the full application and audition process.

Begin your Applicant Journey here.

Making your application

Applications for the MMus/MA programme should be made through the UCAS Conservatoires website. There is a UCAS application fee of £25 (which is in addition to the audition fee) which allows you up to six choices of programme of study.

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

Find out more about the audition process on our Guide for Applicants.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2017-18

  • MMus Repetiteurship (2 years) UK/EU Students – £8,094
  • MMus Repetiteurship (2 years) International (non-EU) – £15,513
  • MA Repetiteurship (1 year) UK/EU Students – £10,983
  • MA Repetiteurship (1 year) International (non-EU) – £18,648

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.