Studying Music

School is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. Studying music Here involves intensive, dedicated teaching, mostly one-to-one, in the instrument or discipline of your choice. You will learn from some of our renowned international teaching staff while collaborating in world-class music making. Surrounded by actors, stage managers and production artists, you will be part of a thriving arts community next door to one of Europe’s leading arts centres

Choose from our highly regarded BMus undergraduate programme, a range of postgraduate programmes, and other opportunities.

Performance & Collaboration

Studying music at an internationally-renowned conservatoire means you can become immersed in a world of performance from day one. Whatever your instrument or specialism, Music School provides a host of opportunities for you to perform, record and collaborate (and if you’re a composer, to hear your own works performed).

These are marketed to London audiences and feature Children's Music-and-Movement musicians from undergraduate level all the way through to Artist Diploma students. Some concerts are streamed online, and many are reviewed by critics from the national press.


Each and every day our faculty bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion into classrooms. They’ve led worship teams, signed record deals, toured the world, recorded hundreds of sessions, collaborated with Grammy winning artists and been involved in every facet of both the music industry and the Church. There is no-one better placed to guide and inspire your career.

Classes are held on Saturdays and weekday evenings during term time and students are also offered extensive opportunities to take part in performance and outreach projects with professional orchestras.


School offers music students the chance to enter numerous competitions, the most prestigious of which is the Gold Medal, the School’s most significant prize. Previous Gold Medal winners include Jacqueline du Pré, Tasmin Little, and Bryn Terfel.

You will also be encouraged to enter external competitions whenever possible and appropriate. See our Principal Study pages for news of recent prize winners.

BA (Hons)

The first two years are training years. During this period you will concentrate on acquiring the skills you need as professional actors. The time is divided between classwork and rehearsal projects. During the first two terms you will spend most of your time in classes, with more time on projects as the course progresses. Both classwork and rehearsal projects focus on developing and integrating four main areas of study: acting, voice, movement and playtexts.

MA in Acting

This is a three-year full-time programme designed for students who hold a university degree and wish to have a full professional training in acting.

The MA students work in the same classes, rehearsals and performances as the students on the three-year BA in Acting with additional tutorials in support of achieving the Masters level outcomes.

MA students have the same practical training as the BA students. If you study on this programme, you will take additional modules to develop your critical and reflective skills. You will also be required to achieve more demanding learning outcomes and a higher standard overall.

Frequently asked questions

Why support the Academy?

When it comes to supporting a charity, you have many options. At the Academy, you can be sure that your gift provides a world-class education for the best and brightest young musicians around the world.

Or your passion may be for enjoying brilliant performances in extraordinary surroundings. If so, your gift could support the refurbishment of our theatre, which will become one of the pre-eminent acoustical spaces in London in which to hear our musicians play.

Why are you doing this?

At the heart of this exceptional community are students. If you want to ensure that the most gifted young musicians are able to fulfil their potential, we would love to speak with you about supporting a scholarship or bursary. In this way you would inspire the next generation of artists to thrive.

Will there be more chances to buy?

We are very grateful for the generous donors who choose to support this work. When you make your gift, in addition to our deepest thanks, you can look forward to updates on the impact you have made and information about upcoming performances and events. Find more information about these exciting opportunities, or learn how to make your gift today. Thank you!