MMus Brass Band Conducting

MMus Brass Band Conducting

Course Overview

  • Conducting technique class involving the study and practice of technique away from the band
  • Observation and participation in RWCMD Brass Band rehearsals
  • Rehearsal analysis tutorials
  • Observation of conductors within a professional context
  • Opportunities to direct RWCMD ensembles, rehearsals and productions
  • Opportunities to conduct self-promoted student performances
  • Performance classes, usually in the company of students from a range of disciplines
  • Full programme of brass band performances
  • Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
  • Training in career development, self-promotion and sustainable technique
  • International masterclass series
  • Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
  • Opportunities to work on historical instruments, supported by Informed Performance classes and seminars
  • Wide range of performance opportunities in world-class facilities
  • Training in performance analysis and presentation
  • Study of psychology of collaborative performance for conductors and orchestral performance
  • Advanced research training
  • Optional work-based learning module
  • Optional training in advanced teaching skills, outreach, sound recording and arts management
  • Opportunity to create and curate own performance projects
  • Focus on employability and transferable skills
  • Opportunities to study abroad at a partner conservatoire via the ERASMUS Exchange Programme


Course Structure

Please note that, while the information below reflects the programme offered to date, it may be subject to amendment and change in future years. Students are always consulted on such change and details are made available to applicants holding offers.

In order to progress from year one to year two on a two-year postgraduate course, students normally have to pass all first year modules.

  • Module Information

    Core Modules

    Module Credits
    Brass Band Conducting 1 40
    Brass Band Conducting 2 40
    The Professional Musician 20
    Psychology of Collaborative Performance 20
    Research Project or Reflecting on Performance 40


    Optional Modules (Choose One)

    Module Credits
    Advanced Teaching Skills 20
    Advanced Outreach Skills 20
    Advanced Sound Recording 20
    Career Management 20
    Creative Project 20
    Individual Project 20
    Orchestral Audition 20
    Presenting at Conference 20
    Portfolio of Compositions 20
    Portfolio of Arrangements 20
    Vocational Project 20



Entry Requirements

Entry is by audition and candidates should be able to demonstrate a level of performance ability appropriate for professional training. Minimum entry requirements usually include a 2:1 degree in music or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.


International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate that their English language ability meets the College’s minimum requirements. Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of accepted English language tests and required scores.


Tuition Fees for 2021-2022

Course Duration Home (UK) / Republic of Ireland (ROI) Students Overseas Students Students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man
13 months intensive £11,120 * £21,849 * £16,484 *
2 years full time £10,838 ** £21,322 ** £16,082 **

* This is the full amount.

** This amount is for the first year only. The tuition fee payable in the second year is subject to an annual increase.

Further information on the funding available towards the cost of tuition fees.