Popular Music Summer School

We’re excited to host a Virtual Popular Music Summer School this year for students who are interested in applying for our prestigious BMus Popular Music programme.  

Popular Music student at the keyboard

The Summer School will involve individual advice auditions, a band recording project, and performance classes with instrumental and vocal tutors. The school will provide the unique opportunity to work with some of the finest teachers in the UK as well as the chance to meet, perform and socialize online with like-minded talented musicians who aspire to be RNCM Popular Music students. 

The Summer School will run across 5 days from Monday 19 July until Monday 26 July with various activities taking place throughoutculminating in a final video showcase.   

Day 1 – Monday 19 July 

10:00 10:30 – Welcome meeting with Andy Stott – Head of Popular Music 

10:30 11:30 – Band 1 Ensemble tutorial

11:30 -12:30 – Band 2 Ensemble tutorial 

13.00 -14.00 – Band 3 Ensemble tutorial

14.00 -15.00 – Band 4 Ensemble tutorial

These tutorials will be an opportunity to meet the bands that students will be put in to record a remote video performance. There will be a discussion about organising parts as well as addressing any technical questions about how to go about recording and filming your part. Parts will then be recorded over the weekend. The tutorials on Monday 19 will be an opportunity to meet again and discuss progress. A resource pack with guide tracks and lead sheets will be sent out to participants on the 9 July with further information. 

Day 2 – Tuesday 20 July 

10:00-10:30 – Group discussion/Morning check in with Andy Stott – Head of Popular Music 

10:30 -11:30 – Band 1 Ensemble tutorial

11:30 -12:30 – Band 2 Ensemble tutorial 

13.00 -14.00 – Band 3 Ensemble tutorial

14.00 -15.00 – Band 4 Ensemble tutorial

Day 3 – Wednesday 21 July 

10:00-11:30 – Virtual performance classes for each instrument / vocal group

Students will work in specialist study groups with our instrumental and vocal tutors. The sessions will focus on technical development and musicianship and will provide a valuable insight into the study involved in the Performance modules.

12:00-13:30 – Music production class

14:00-15:30 – Music marketing and promotion class

Students work with our specialist tutors in production / marketing and promotion masterclasses

Day 4 – Friday 23 July  

10:0013:00 – Advice Auditions  

Each student will be given an individual 20minute slot with instrumental / vocal tutors  

You are required to prepare 1 song / piece of your choice that you may be considering for your audition 

Please use a backing track if you do not intend to accompany yourself.  

Day 5 – Monday 26 July 

13:00-13:30 – final band video showcase  

How to Apply

Applications will close on Friday 14 May at 4pm (UK Time), please complete the online application form below. Places will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further Information

We recognise that these are unprecedented and challenges times, especially for aspiring musicians. That’s why this year we are offering our course free of charge.

If you have any questions, please email popularmusic@rncm.ac.uk.

    Online Popular Music Summer School Booking Form

    To register for our Online Popular Music Summer School, please complete the form below.

    Your Details

    Parent/Carer Details

    Herewith I agree with my child receiving remote online lessons from recognised RNCM teaching staff via Zoom and take part of in the Recording Project of the programme.

    1. I have read the RNCM Child Protection Policy.
    2. I have read the Guidance on Online Lessons for Pop Summer School.
    3. I have read the Photography and Filming Policy statement.
    4. I have read the RNCM Safeguarding Summary Guide to Online Teaching.
    5. I understand that I need to ensure my child’s well-being and safety during a remote lesson and/or recording session as advised by the additional guidance on remote teaching and I undertake to be in the room with my child during such lessons and/or recording sessions.

    The RNCM is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults studying in the College by raising awareness of safeguarding and promoting a safe environment in which to learn and explore music. The College’s Senior Designated Person responsible for safeguarding is Fiona Chiang, Executive Projects Officer. I will report any safeguarding related concerns to Fiona Chiang or Andy Stott.


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