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Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Music (Hons). Four years. Validated by the City University, London. Specialisation in performance (classical, early styles, jazz, chamber music), composition, electronic and produced music. Studies include aural skills, music history, analysis, band conducting, health and well-being for musicians. A program of Alexander technique is available.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. • Opera Making & Writing • Music Therapy. Master of Music. In performance, opera, repetiteur training, orchestral conducting, composition, leadership, entrepreneurship, electronic music. Joint Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice. Offered jointly with the Guildhall and conservatories in The Hague, Groningen, Stockholm, Iceland. Master of Music (Guildhall Artist). In performance, orchestral conducting or composition. A program following the MMus. Master of Philosophy. Doctor of Philosophy. In musicology, composition. Doctor of Music.


Other programs


Artist's Diploma. A post-Master's program. Post-graduate Diploma. In performance, composition. Post-graduate Certificate in Performance Teaching. Advanced Certificate. In performance.

Institution Notes:

The Guildhall School was founded in 1880 by the City of London Corporation, and is distinctive in being both a music school and a drama school, as well as offering programs in professional development and music therapy. All undergraduate students have experience of work in the community, and post-graduate students have the opportunity to study for a degree in Leadership. Opportunities are available for selected string players to play in the London Symphony Orchestra, and for post-graduate wind, brass and percussion players to sit in on rehearsals alongside members of both the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestras. All post-graduate qualifications are validated by the City University, London, and all research degrees are run jointly by the Guildhall and City University. Continuing professional development programs are offered to performers, composers, writers, actors, teachers and arts co-ordinators; currently there are creative music workshops and jazz summer programs. Facilities include 46 practice studios, an opera theatre and a music hall. A recently-completed new building houses world-class performance facilities including a 625-seat concert hall, a 200-seat training theatre, a studio theatre and more space for teaching, office and support services. The library includes the Appleby guitar collection, the Goossens oboe music collection and the Alkan Society collection. There is a Centre for Classical Improvisation and Creative Performance which aims to revive the tradition of extemporisation within Western art music performance practice. The School’s Contemporary Music Society, the Jazz and Chamber Music departments all host major annual festivals. Junior Guildhall offers Saturday morning classes to students aged 4 to 18 with tuition in practical and ensemble music and general musicianship. There are ongoing collaborations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Aldeburgh and City of London Festivals, London Contemporary Dance School the Royal College of Art and the London Jazz Festival. The Guildhall School offers the following honorary awards for distinguished services to the School and to the profession: the FGSM (Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama), awarded to distinguished professors, examiners and past students and the Hon GSM (Honorary Member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama), awarded for services to music or drama and to the Guildhall School. Limited to 100 holders at any one time. The Guildhall and Trinity College London examination bodies have amalgamated and jointly offer graded public examinations in music, drama, dance and speech under the title Trinity Guildhall Examinations. At the diploma level the qualifications are: Associate (ATCL) and CertGSMD; Licentiate (LTCL) and LGSMD; Fellowship (FTCL). Information is available on the website: An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

September 2022