Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Course Introduction

This programme is centred around one to one tuition for performers, composers and electronic musicians in the following areas of performance: strings; wind; brass; percussion; keyboard; vocal studies; composition; electronic music; jazz; and early instruments. The principal aim is to develop the student's ability as a practical musician. As students learn to work effectively and creatively with others, they will also be given plenty of time for individual study and reflection. In addition to principal study and tutorial groups, students follow a small number of academic studies and creative learning electives. These will give students the building blocks they need as a musician, including analysis; aural and collaborative skills; harmony; history; jazz workshop and keyboard musicianship.

Course Modules

Elective modules (some available in Year 4 only): advanced aural; advanced ensemble; advanced keyboard musicianship; advanced Kodaly musicianship; advanced principal study; adventures in neglected repertoire; analysis; body matters; brass and wind arranging; composition for media; conducting; counterpoint; dramatised song and poetry; electronic studio techniques; historical performance: principles and research; interpretation through improvisation; introduction to fugue; introduction to music therapy; jazz arranging; jazz performance; music administration; music, philosophy and the arts; opera and theatre; orchestration; personal research project; pianoworks; second study; stylistic composition; workshop skills. professional studies modules include performance matters which seeks orientate students, helping them to understand the contexts in which musicians work, such as health and well'being, performance psychology, improvisation, collaboration and communication skills; professional studies, in which students are prepared for their professional lives and culminates in creation of a professional portfolio. There is an optional conducting module in Year 2.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £20,800  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level EE
  • Audition
  • IELTS 6.5