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    Anyone studying BMus Education, who chose Aberdeen over BEd at the RCS?
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    Hi - sorry you haven't had a response to this yet. I'm just going to bump the thread in the hope that someone sees this and can help


    I have not applied yet, but here are the reasons why I might choose Aberdeen over the RCS.

    -The RCS has a minimum age of 17 years old on the starting date. At the end of S5 (when I insist that I should finish my secondary education), I will only be 16 and won't turn 17 until December of the year I would start at the RCS !
    -I have very limited musical experience comparing to most who apply for university - I had my first music lesson in P6 playing an instrument that I gave up a year later. In January of my S1 year, I had my first voice lesson and in February of S2 I received my first piano lesson. I feel that I would be more comfortable progressing in the University of Aberdeen, rather than being completely surrounded 99% of students who will be so much more advanced already in the Conservatoire. (I know this seems silly!)
    -The RCS theory and piano harmonisation exam. This will just distract me from getting the higher grades that I need by stressing me out over getting in.
    -Aberdeen is a very popular university and has such good feedback. It is in a beautiful location and has loads of people you can meet who study a multitude of different specialisms rather than just the arts.
    -Finally, the RCS have decided to ignore an email and a telephone query regarding an entry requirement. This is not helpful for me because I need to plan how I will spread my studies in secondary education and see if there was any point in rushing to get a part time job (for me to move to Aberdeen or not, the RCS is pretty local to me). This has completely put me off of the RCS for the time being.

    I'm going to take a campus tour of Aberdeen soon and speak to staff from the Music and Education dept. If I like it so much more than the conservatoire then I'll definitely go for Aberdeen (even though it will be a shame to miss out on the teaching experience in the first two years).

    Both seem like amazing courses and I think that both are great choices for those wanting to become a music teacher!
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