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Postgraduate Diploma in Brass Band Conducting

Postgraduate Diploma in Brass Band Conducting

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Full time | Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama | 10 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


10 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Conducting (Music)

Course type


Course Summary

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
  • 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


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.

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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.