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Choral Conducting - MMus / PgDip

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Full time | Birmingham Conservatoire | 2 years | 18-SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Singing (Choral) Conducting (Music)

Course type


Course Summary

Designed for recent graduates and suitably qualified mature students, our taught Master of Music (MMus) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Choral Conducting courses provide the technical training, collaborative opportunities and podium time necessary to help you prepare for a career as a professional conductor. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is currently the most exciting destination for choral conductors, with an active recording and concert schedule.

Our established Choral Conducting specialism allows you to work with a dedicated chamber choir, rehearsing and performing a variety of works throughout your training. You'll be offered tailored individual tuition from our principal conducting tutor Paul Spicer (Finzi Singers), and will also come into contact with Jeffrey Skidmore (Ex Cathedra) through the Conservatoire’s Chamber Choir.

You'll work across the whole spectrum of the Conservatoire’s music making, from core contemporary repertoire and student composition projects, through the central romantic and classic masterpieces back to period performance techniques.

It's normal for conducting students to be proactive in presenting performances of projects that they've generated themselves. You'll receive support and professional advice in pursuing such projects, which should be viewed as an essential element of your studies. Both PgDip and MMus courses provide excellent opportunities to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession.

What's covered in the course?

Regular individual specialist tuition.
Vocal lessons.
Opportunities to join orchestral conducting classes.
A dedicated chamber choir, ‘Camerata’, managed and nurtured by students on the course.
Involvement in rehearsals of the Conservatoire’s highly acclaimed Chamber Choir, which has a regular and highly successful recording programme.
Many other choral singing opportunities within the Conservatoire.
Bespoke support classes in musicianship and repertoire.
A core career development module designed to get you thinking about your future professional plans.
The flexibility to choose from a broad menu of Professional Development Option modules designed to help you work towards achieving your personal career aspirations.
In MMus, a core module designed to develop your skills as a researcher or informed practitioner.
The possibility of transferring from PgDip to MMus once you have begun your studies (but before completion of the PgDip course).

Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.



As a postgraduate choral conductor, the Principal Study 1: Choral Conducting module enables you to advance your training in your specialist area. As the focus of this module is entirely on your own continued development as a choral conductor, you will spend considerable time developing not only conducting and gestural techniques in rehearsal and in performance, but also skills in administration, management (including self-management, management of other people individually and in a group, and of rehearsal and performance situations), communication (including interpersonal skills), interpretation and musicianship (aural skills, score reading, sight reading, ability to sing to demonstrate), and ability to mould voices into a cohesive group.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students should have UK students should normally hold an honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music.