Guildhall Young Artists Online – Preparing for Conservatoire - BMus 2 Direct Entry

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Course will start w/k 23 September and run across two academic years
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Minimum age requirement - born on or before August 31 2008 to apply
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£5,000 per annum
16 August 2024
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About Preparing for Conservatoire - BMus 2 Direct Entry

About Preparing for Conservatoire - BMus 2 Direct Entry

This advanced two-year online course is aimed at international musicians* interested in studying at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and other UK conservatoires. 

Students, from this bespoke course, will have the opportunity to be fast-tracked to the second year of the traditional four-year degree upon successfully auditioning for the Guildhall BMus programme. This is a significant cost saving on overseas fees.

This individually tailored course will allow students to continue with their current instrumental or vocal tutor in their country of residence, whilst an assigned specialist mentor from the music department at Guildhall School will conduct regular check-ins and oversee their musical development.

*Please note, the timings for the classes within this course will be organised at appropriate timings for the majority of the cohort(s) of successful applicants.

Who is it for?

International students who are post Grade 8 and intend to audition in the Autumn term 2025 for entry in September 2026. 

Although this course is focused on fast tracking students onto Guildhall’s BMus programme, the course content will prepare students for higher education study in any UK conservatoire.

This course is for international students studying remotely outside of the UK. Domestic students are invited to apply to Junior Guildhall’s in-person BMus 2 Direct Entry course.

What can I expect? 

  • The course will cover all the academic elements of the first year BMus course taught over two years with a one-hour weekly class from a senior Guildhall academic professor.
  • In addition, you will follow a one-hour supporting studies course looking at history and analysis of music in a broader cultural context.
  • You can continue your existing one-to-one lesson arrangement with your current teacher privately, but will be assigned a personal instrumental mentor who is a member of the senior Guildhall faculty in your instrumental or vocal specialism who will provide regular online instrumental “check ins” to prepare for the audition. If you require an instrumental teacher to provide regular lessons this can be arranged separately via GYA Online one-to-one teaching.
  • A personal welfare tutor from the GYA Online team will be allocated to every student with a termly review to ensure students’ progress and sessions will be provided for students to find out more about support for international students to prepare for starting the BMus course.
  • The audition fee for Guildhall School BMus Course will be included in the course fee.
  • You will become part of the GYA international community and invited to participate in cross network events and competitions.

How to apply

Please complete our short application form and email with a video of the following:

  • A video of yourself performing two contrasting pieces of your choice
  • A short verbal introduction featuring the following points:
    Your name, age, city and country of residence.
    Why you have chosen to apply for this course and your career aspirations?
    Why you chose your audition programme?

The video should be privately listed on Youtube or as a downloadable file from a file-sharing website, such as Dropbox or WeTransfer. We will not be able to accept your application without this.

Closing date for applications is 16 August 2024. All applicants will be informed of the outcome and those successful candidates will begin the course in late September. The course will be delivered in English.

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Further information

While there is no guarantee that a student will be offered a place on the second year at Guildhall, this will be a significant cost saving option for students from overseas for those who are successful.  In any event this course provides a through preparation for students wishing to study at higher education in the UK.

Apply to the Preparing for Conservatoire - BMus 2 Direct Entry course

Please complete our online application form

Course information

Please see information about our course fees, term dates, absences, notice period and equipment required below. 

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Benefit from Guildhall Young Artists membership

As a member of GYA Online, you can expect exclusive opportunities, performances and workshops, including competitions, invites to concerts and gigs and performances from students at Guildhall School.