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Royal College of Music: Master of Music in Performance (Vocal)

Institution Royal College of Music
Department Vocal Studies
Telephone 020 7591 4362
Study type Taught


The Royal College of Music offers a diverse two-year Masters programme with multiple study routes, which allow students to work towards the qualification most suited to their needs. The Master of Music (MMus) qualification develops students’ critical, analytical and research skills, as well as their ability to express themselves verbally to a high level. Such skills are particularly relevant for those who are interested in studying the background and context of the music they perform and analyse, and those who hope to teach or communicate about music beyond their principal study (for example as professional educators, facilitators or curators). This is in addition to continuing to develop students’ practical skills to a very high standard. The MMus can also provide the basis for further research through our Level 8 doctoral degrees.

Vocal study at the Royal College of Music is designed to cater for your individual talents and aspirations. Our reputation for producing outstanding international vocal artists is unsurpassed and you will receive training specifically designed for young artists preparing for a successful performing career. As a student-centric institution we aim to keep the individual’s needs at the core of both our one-to-one and class provision. You will work on developing a secure and flexible vocal technique and our comprehensive range of class provision will enhance all aspects of your craft. Our students graduate being able to present themselves with confidence, authority and autonomy in a professional context.

There are creative opportunities to explore modern and period works in regular collaborations with the Composition and Historical Performance Faculties. We initiate cross-faculty song, chamber music and thematic-based projects working with distinguished artists both within and outside of the RCM. You will also receive opera coaching alongside your principal study lessons and participate in the Opera Scenes. The Opera Scenes series, providing singers with additional opportunity to work with professional directors in the production of semi-staged scenes accompanied by piano. Royal College of Music vocal students perform regularly in choral projects, solo concerts, operatic performance and much more. In addition to performances within the RCM, further opportunities exist for external work through our extensive contacts in the music business and the engagements offered by the RCM Creative Careers Centre. Vocal students benefit from regular masterclasses given by international artists and coaching from the repetiteurs of London's world-renowned opera houses.

Due to the intensive nature of the Vocal Faculty's class provision, the RCM is unable to offer this course on a fast-track basis to singers and secondary specialisms are not available.

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