Hey, i'm not going to university until next september and not sure if i'm going to do music for def but i was wondering if anyone had any advice on what unis were good for music? i know there are the likes of RNCM but can anyone help me?
very true, as a general rule, if your after performance, conducting etc, then music colleges are normally better, however if your after the historical stuff, bit of performance, bit of music technology etc, then universitys normally offer that. Best thing is to start ordering hundreds of prospectus' from all the different places and start reading up. Then go to a few open days, cuz you learn so much from actually going to places, as soon as you get there you'll know if you want to be there or not.
Have to agree if its purely playing your after then a college is better, somewhere like the RNCM. But if its a general music degree you want then university... of the top of my head Huddersfield and Salford are where the majority of band players tend to go, although I think Salford is more band related than Hudds. Durham have now got a music course with brass band studies as some parts available, this might be somewhere to consider if you are academically very strong as well as a canny player.
Other than those there aren't many that I know or could recommend
thanx for all the info so far! i shall have to take a closer look into huddersfield cos i didnt realise they were one of the top for music. have already got the rncm and salford prospectus so i guess i shall have to go and have a look for myself! i take it screaming sop and nadia know each other i'm afraid i dont know who the ppl are that u r referring to tho screaming sop, sorry thanx anyway tracey xxx
I've not found anywhere that you can just do undergraduate conducting, you can do modules at some uni's (Salford's one), but unlike at music college where you specialise from day 1, you can't do it in conducting (believe me I've looked!)
Other than that, can't disagree with what's been said so far, it just depends what you want to do.
Yep, Huddersfield does a conducting module in the second year and in the third year I believe you can do conducting as part of your performance modules ... but specialising entirely in it isn't really possible.
I nearly ended up spending my time from the age of 16 at Leeds college of music - its fantastic for jazz and other but no necessarily for brass. It also gave me the chance to go to music college at 16 for any of you thinking of starting early.
When I was there he took it in 1st year and was the tutor for those who chose to do elective conducting in final year. The in between year was with some jazzer trying to teach you how to conduct using the percussion instruments as your "orchestra" and the college accompanist. You didn't half feel a prat wagging your arms at an array of timps and xylophones!
I had Frank Salter teach me conducting in the 2nd year! Very good and his put downs were hilarious!! Then in the 3rd year I had dave King and Roy Newsome and that was scary! But going back to the thread, go to as many open days as you can. I didn't go to any I just went for auditions as I'd already made up my mind I wanted to go To Salford. Not that I regret it but I sometimes think I should have looked around a bit more.
It really depends on what music course you are after which depends on what university/college you go to... so look around, get prospectus' from a lot of places and see whats available.
I'd recommend Salford for the banding course... also Accrington and Rossingdale do a very good band studies degree... RNCM is also very very good... I've heard some good things about Hudds, Leeds, York and Durham etc... and of course the best for music will be the London Colleges.
I'd like to point out that David King does not teach first or second year conducting at Salford... First year is Gareth Pritchard (was Roy Newsome last year) and you are in small ensembles... Second year you have a guy called Gavin Wayte and conduct someone at the piano about once every 3 weeks...
Kingy only does the third year (although only upto 3 students can do the elective module... People who put conducting down as their elective for the third year will have Dave sitting in for the 2nd year exam and he choses who does it) and he does the Masters as well...