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Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Orchestral Playing Conducting (Music)

Course type


Course Summary

Key Features

  • Conducting technique class involving the study and practice of technique away from the orchestra
  • Workshops in keyboard skills and score-reading
  • Observation and participation in RWCMD orchestral rehearsals
  • 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 orchestral concerts
  • 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
  • Training in performance analysis and presentation
  • Study of psychology of collaborative performance for conductors and orchestral performance
  • Advanced research training
  • Opportunity to create and curate own performance projects
  • Focus on employability and transferable skills

Different course options

Full time | Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama | 13 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



This module will provide students with training and experience in the development of the technical, artistic, stylistic and intellectual skills which underpin the work of an orchestral conductor. This will be delivered through a balance of individual and group tuition, together with professional shadowing and mentoring arrangements. Practical work with college-based and other ensembles is also a key component.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Entry to the postgraduate music programmes is by audition. Students should be able to demonstrate a level of performance ability appropriate for professional training. Minimum entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in music (2:1 or higher for master’s students) or an equivalent qualification. Students who have been studying or working in another field will be considered.