Conservatoire or University? HELP

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Hey, so I'm having the same problem. I'm in year 12 now going into year 13. For the past year or so I've really had no idea which path i want to go down, performance or academic!

Anyway I just spent a week on the brass course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (I play Horn) and it was honestly the best week of my entire life! It was 8 hours every day and there wasn't a day where I didn't want to do more playing! I do loaaaaaads of performance as well, 3 hours of orchestra weekly, 3 hours at college and 5 hours music school. Weekly! I also have Grade 8 Merit (which I'm re sitting to get a distinction)

However, I also really love theory, analysis and history of music. I just got my Grade 7 theory and I'm sitting Grade 8 next year. Specifically, I really want to teach music more than anything. I teach music 2 hours a week In my free's which I love to pieces as well as conducting a junior band (age 11-13).
As well as being Head Girl of my college which would look good to a university!

I'm predicted ABB/BBB in my results however exams never go well for me despite all the work I put in!

So yeah, please help! I've even up'd my practice to 3 hours a day I loves to conservatoire so much. But I also love academia!!!


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Hi! I studied Music at university (Keele) so I can give you more info on that side of things. I chose uni as I wanted to do a dual honours degree. As you've mentioned, uni has a more academic angle, however you can specialise in different areas, though not quite as focussed as at a conservatoire if that area is performance for example. For instance, I specialised in composition but still had to take modules in other areas such as theory, audiovisual etc. If you then do a Master's degree, you can narrow your specialism further and can pretty much do whatever you want. I planned and carried out my own composition project. Some people I knew did performance.

I suggest that you research as many different music courses as possible, both unis and conservatoires and also visit them. Different places will have different specialities and areas of concentration/research. Also decide how traditional a course you want. From the sounds of it, you seem to be aiming for fairly traditional.

As for your A-levels, obviously do your best, as always, the higher the better, but remember that with a subject like music, often your music exams count too, if not more, depending on the institution. I didn't get into university based upon my A-levels (in fact I didn't even do A-level music). When applying to do music most places accept Grade 8 Theory and Grade 8 practical as an alternative to A-level Music. Both unis and conservatoires often audition applicants too.

Also ask yourself what kind of teacher you want to be. Instrumental, teaching the subject as a whole in schools, or lecturing at universities or conservatoires?

All your musical (and non-musical) activities will look good to conservatoires as well as universities. You seem really well prepared! Good luck!
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Apparently, if you read music at Manchester there is an option to take modules from Royal Northern, which may be of interest to you
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Hello!! I am from the Philippines and wishing to enter at year 2015. Here are the schools I am applying in order of preference:


CUKAS- Welsh, Trinity, Birmingham and Scottish
UCAS- LCM, Holloway, Cardiff, Goldsmiths and Sheffield


My prospect school is RWCMD and hopefully they will accept me and give an entrance scholarship. Here are my pieces for audition:
Bach- Prelude and fugue no. 12 in f minor bwv 881
Brahms - Rhapsody op. 79 no. 1 in b minor
Schumann - 1st mov of Piano Sonata no. 2 in g minor
(maybe) Chopin- Nocturne op. 27 no. 2 in Major


i will be auditioning through DVD. Any thoughts? I am really nervous whether they will accept me. Hopefully because I really want to study at RWCMD.


Currently, I am on my 3rd yr at a local university taling BMus degree w/o Hons. My principal study is piano. Hopefully I will start at year 1 on an institution @ UK (and i hope it is welsh). ) so nervous now.


I really need a scholarship though. If I won't make it on conservatoires, I will pursue on universities but I need scholarship. Really getting mad about this. Help please.
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(Original post by 07_pianist)
Hello!! I am from the Philippines and wishing to enter at year 2015. Here are the schools I am applying in order of preference:


CUKAS- Welsh, Trinity, Birmingham and Scottish
UCAS- LCM, Holloway, Cardiff, Goldsmiths and Sheffield


My prospect school is RWCMD and hopefully they will accept me and give an entrance scholarship. Here are my pieces for audition:
Bach- Prelude and fugue no. 12 in f minor bwv 881
Brahms - Rhapsody op. 79 no. 1 in b minor
Schumann - 1st mov of Piano Sonata no. 2 in g minor
(maybe) Chopin- Nocturne op. 27 no. 2 in Major


i will be auditioning through DVD. Any thoughts? I am really nervous whether they will accept me. Hopefully because I really want to study at RWCMD.


Currently, I am on my 3rd yr at a local university taling BMus degree w/o Hons. My principal study is piano. Hopefully I will start at year 1 on an institution @ UK (and i hope it is welsh). ) so nervous now.


I really need a scholarship though. If I won't make it on conservatoires, I will pursue on universities but I need scholarship. Really getting mad about this. Help please.
I am going for late auditions in Birmingham and RNCM for piano performance anyone applied there? Anyone for piano and what did you guys play out of interest.
For Birmingham I am playing
Beethoven Op27 N2 3rd movement allegro assai
Bach Prelude and fugue N23 in B major
Rachmaninoff Polichinelle
Liszt Etude

For RNCM

Chopin Ballade N1
Rachmaninoff Op23.N5 Prelude in G minor or Polichinelle
Beethoven Op27 N2 3rd movement allegro assai
Bach Prelude and fugue N23 in B major
Possibly a Chopin Etude
P.Barisons Preludija (20th century Latvian piece)
Brahms Intermezzo N2 Op118
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Okay, so I'm currently on a gap year during which time i have done a bit of travelling, working and will now be volunteering doing music sessions with special needs kids in Sri Lanka and with an organisation called the music project in the war torn North while preparing to do my LTCL in flute in December. I have 8A*s and 2A's at IGCSE (music wasnt on offer) and 2A*s (history and biology) and 2Bs (unfortunately music and geo) at A'level. I grew up in Sri Lanka where schools do not offer A'level music as a subject and so I was forced to take it outside of school and largely self teach with some limited help from my flute teacher which was not ideal. I have a distinction at ABRSM grade 8 flute, have played in the 3 orchestras, was choir captain at school and have a bit of local performing experience. However, my general musical and theory knowledge is absolutely terrible. Having never studied it as a subject (outside performance) until my A'level course and then only learning from the syllabus, it just really is abysmal in my opinion. I have tried getting out books from the library and educating myself but i find it difficult to self motivate and learn it all. I have no keyboard skills, I cant tell you the birth years of composers or correctly define different forms,etc. and my knowledge of harmony and counterpoint rules are severely limited but when I play my flute, the music just happens and I can feel it within me! I don't expect to become a big time performer, but I want the music in me to reach its full potential and then, I would like to use it for good and perhaps become a music therapist. I ideally would like to go to a university as i like the more rounded approach and really, really want the more diverse student life and interactions it comes with compared to a conservatoire but performance is the only thing i have a real handle on and i don't think thats enough. I'm worried that I stand no chance of getting in anywhere nice and am sure everyone else knows so much more than me. I was head girl, house captain a prefect,etc and I know that I am making life difficult for myself and could get in easily to study history or the like, but this is my dream, the question is, is it unrealistic?
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