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Postgraduate Diploma Composer-Performer

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Music Composition Music Performance / Playing

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

Orchestral Performance is offered on the following instruments: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Oboe, Percussion & Timpani, Tenor / Bass Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola and Violin.

  • Advanced principal study tuition from professional musicians
  • Participation in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and/or Welsh National Opera placement schemes
  • Mentoring scheme with industry professionals
  • Orchestral and sectional rehearsal and performance opportunities at RWCMD
  • Specialist, advanced orchestral repertoire performance tuition
  • Advanced tuition available in supporting areas such as Alexander Technique, doubling instrument, end-of-line instruments and period instruments
  • Professional accompaniment provision
  • 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
  • Modules

    This module is concerned with issues relating to the establishment, maintenance and development of careers in music, creating a rounded, well-informed professional. The Portfolio element focuses on developing effective reflective techniques for career development. To support this, communication and networking as a professional musician and entrepreneur are explored through seminars covering issues of self-promotion. Elements of promotional material are discussed, including appropriate use of technology and media. Other classes are concerned with developing an advanced understanding of the breadth and depth of approach required to present oneself (and projects) within a professional environment and the need to embrace changing trends in the music business. In terms of sustaining a career, matters relating to health and well being for musicians are explored, including topics such as injury prevention, hearing protection and resilience.

    Tuition fees

    UK fees
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    For this course (per year)


    International fees
    Course fees for EU and international students

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    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in music or an equivalent qualification. Candidates who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.