Harriet Grainger, BMus
An important part of the process of maturing as a musician
involves developing a deeper understanding of how music works, how
it is put together, and how a composer might have conceived their
work. The core training for all musicians covers these key areas of
general musicianship including aural, music theory, harmony and
analysis. In addition, there are range of academic and contextual
study options including specialist tuition in composition,
arrangement, writing and research.
The development and maintenance of healthy practice is of huge
importance to students who are preparing for careers involving
music performance. The courses include introductory classes and
ongoing support in this area, and regular performance classes
provide further opportunities for students to focus on issues of
performance health and well-being, and to explore aspects of the
psychology of performance.
Performance classes also cover issues of stylistic performance,
and there are specialist study options in this area, which extend
into the consideration of contemporary repertoire as well as more
conventional studies of music from the past.