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Street Address:

York Gate, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT, UK


Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Performance Studies. Four years. Specialisation in performance (classical, jazz, early instruments, opera, musical theatre), composition, contemporary music, choral and instrumental conducting, community music practice.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts in Music. In performance, composition, musical theatre. Master of Music. In performance, choral or orchestral conducting, composition. Includes solo, conducting, opera, chamber music, piano accompaniment, repetiteur training. Repetiteur Fellowships may be awarded to young opera professionals. Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy.


Diploma and certificate programs


Post-graduate Certificates are awarded in solo performance, opera, musical theatre. Professional Diploma. In performance, composition. One year. CPD Diploma in Creative Music Leadership or Conducting. Advanced Diploma. In performance, opera.

Institution Notes:

The Royal Academy, founded in 1822, is the oldest institution for advanced music training in the United Kingdom. It is a full member of the University of London and all graduates are awarded University of London degrees. The Centre for Advanced Performance Studies is run jointly by the Royal Academy and King’s College, University of London. Alexander Technique is available for all students. Facilities include well over 70 teaching and practice rooms, the Sir Jack Lyons Theatre, a concert room, several other performing venues and three electronic music studios. The library includes, among other treasures, the Sir Henry Wood library of orchestral music, the Sir Arthur Sullivan archives, the R J S Stevens library and the library of the English Bach Society as well as autograph materials by Beethoven, Mendelsson and Liszt. The York Gate Collections include a number of early musical instruments (in playing condition), over 200 stringed instruments (including Cremonese instruments such as Stradivari, Amati, Guarneri) and numerous artefacts. There is an Open Academy whereby academy students participate in various projects in community settings. The Junior Academy offers Saturday morning tuition in practical and ensemble music and general musicianship to young students aged 9 to 18. First String Experience and First Guitar Experience courses are offered to children aged 6 to 11. Junior Jazz is offered to school-age students. The Primary Academy is for children aged 8 to 12, and offers instrumental lessons, chamber music, choral experience, aural, theory and musicianship training. The Academy offers the diploma of LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music) as an external diploma as well as the following honorary awards: ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music), conferred on past students who have distinguished themselves and who have achieved distinction in the music profession. HonARAM (Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music), conferred on friends (musicians or non-musicians) of the Royal Academy of Music who have rendered signal service to the institution and who have not been students at the Academy. HonRAM (Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music), conferred on distinguished musicians of any country. FRAM (Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music), awarded to past students who have distinguished themselves in any of the subjects which form part of the course of study at the Academy, or who have rendered distinguished service to it. Limited to 250 holders at any one time. HonFRAM (Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music), awarded to friends of the Royal Academy who have rendered signal service to the institution and who are not professional musicians. Limited to 50 holders at any one time. An active member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

September 2022