If you’re hoping to study Music after school, you might be deciding whether to apply to a conservatoire or university. In this blog, we’re going to tell you about studying at both to help you decide which one’s right for you.
Conservatoires provide a rich and stimulating environment to prepare aspiring musicians for the music industry. Generally, conservatoires are more focused on the practical side of music so they’re better suited if you want to be a professional musician and want more time to perform or compose.
Conservatoires are a brilliant place to hone your craft. At the heart of a conservatoire degree are individual lessons in your principal study/specialism (e.g., singing, bassoon) and your teacher will be a leading professional in their field; an incredible opportunity to learn from the best. There are other excellent opportunities as well, including lunchtime concerts and masterclasses with famous musicians.
You’ll also have the chance to take up a second or related study (e.g., first-study pianists might learn the harpsichord). You’ll attend classes in areas such as conducting, ensembles (e.g., chamber music, orchestra) and music history to help you become a well-rounded musician. Furthermore, conservatoires have sessions about the business side of music to equip students with the skills to manage a freelance/portfolio music career.
What’s more, conservatoires now offer courses in a wide range of genres and disciplines, whether you want to specialise in classical, early music, opera, contemporary composition, film scoring, commercial music, jazz or folk music.
However, applying for a conservatoire is notoriously competitive and the standards are very high. Students need to show commitment to the rigour of conservatoire life and a musical career. They’re expected to work hard and practise regularly to meet the requisite standards for lessons and assessments.
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