Bachelor of Music with Honours

The BMus programme offers a wealth of tuition and performance opportunities to help you to develop your skills as a well-rounded and inspired musician.

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Programme Overview

As a BMus (Hons) student, you will focus on the development of technical and creative expertise through individual and group tuition, and a range of classes and performance opportunities.

As the programme progresses you will develop specialisms, connections and a personal musical style to support your individual musical aspirations, interests and career plans.

In Years 1 and 2, you will:

  • Receive a weekly one-to-one lesson with your Principal Study tutor
  • Take part in small ensemble performance and rehearsal during coaching sessions
  • Attend masterclasses with visiting internationally-known artists, performance classes, and ensemble training
  • Attend lectures and seminars to develop core skills in music theory, music history, culture and performance, aural and improvisation training
  • Receive tuition in essential skills such as recording and editing, conducting, musicians’ health, teaching skills, and websites, biographies and CVs

In both Years 3 & 4, you will:

  • Continue with your weekly one-to-one Principal Study lesson
  • Choose up to two specialist areas of study per year from a choice of research electives. You will also choose from a wide range of practical or performance electives
  • Continue to undertake performance studies

In year 3, you will:

  • Complete a placement, for example working with staff and College partners in the field of music and health, music in schools or arts administration, employment with the Hallé, or sound engineering and recording
  • Have the option of being part of the organising committee for a student festival each year

In year 4, you will:

  • Complete an independent creative project, designed by students and supervised throughout the year. Previous projects include: organising a charity concert or music competition, recording an EP, and undertaking a tour with a musical ensemble or as a soloist
  • Receive lectures in entrepreneurial skills

Receive a wide range of performance opportunities:

  • Instrumentalists and singers join a variety of College ensembles/opera cast(s) delivering performances throughout the year
  • Composers have the opportunity to hear their compositions performed in full at public concerts each term

You will also have many opportunities to perform as part of your own ensemble(s) or as soloists in a wide range of concerts and productions.

Download the detailed programme specification 

What Our Students Say

‘The course is so varied, it’s really open in what you can specialise in right from the beginning. If chamber music is your thing you can choose to get involved heavily in this, or if you love orchestral playing you can do lots of that as well. This morning we had a workshop in training for leading educational workshops. It opens a lot of avenues.’
Matthew Chadbond, BMus (Hons), Violin

‘My Principal Study tutor is fantastic. She’s given me a foundation of knowledge about music and its meaning, so I can express that through my playing.’
Leif Kaner-Lidstrom, BMus (Hons), 2017; MMus Piano

Discover more about the RNCM student experience here by clicking on our student stories page.

Application Fact File: BMus (Hons)

Duration: 4 years, full-time. 3-year intensive pathway for outstanding applicants.
Credits: 480
UCAS Conservatoires Code: 300F

Applications for September 2019 entry: Open July 2018, via UCAS Conservatoires
Deadline for on-time applications: 1 October 2018

Full admissions and auditions is available on our how to apply section.

View guidance for BMus applicants here.