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Just looking for some help for my son. He is currently studying a level music, a level music tech and P.E. Also studying for grade 8 Trombone. He has grade 5 theory and study for grade 6.
He has set his heart on studying music at a conservatoire as want to play professionally. He has visited a couple of conservatoires already with mixed feelings, Birmingham, guildhall and Leeds.
He is struggling to decide what and where he should go to get the best out of his degree and the contacts he will need to get when he is finished to get a job playing.
Hence my writing here, I would really love to help him pick the right one, so what I’m asking is which course did you choose and why? Which conservatoire? And why? What would you reccomend? Avoid?
Many thanks really appreciate any help

Emma
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(Original post by Emma813)
Hi
Just looking for some help for my son. He is currently studying a level music, a level music tech and P.E. Also studying for grade 8 Trombone. He has grade 5 theory and study for grade 6.
He has set his heart on studying music at a conservatoire as want to play professionally. He has visited a couple of conservatoires already with mixed feelings, Birmingham, guildhall and Leeds.
He is struggling to decide what and where he should go to get the best out of his degree and the contacts he will need to get when he is finished to get a job playing.
Hence my writing here, I would really love to help him pick the right one, so what I’m asking is which course did you choose and why? Which conservatoire? And why? What would you reccomend? Avoid?
Many thanks really appreciate any help

Emma
Hi there, moved this to Music and the Performing arts as there's no real "Conservatoire" section on TSR :hmmm:

I do not have much experience with this sort of thing but I'd suggest having a search of the site because I have seen threads like this before.

Will give this a bump for you and I hope you can get some advice from students in similar situations to help your son! :bump:
Best of luck Emma! :hugs:

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Hi there, moved this to Music and the Performing arts as there's no real "Conservatoire" section on TSR :hmmm:

I do not have much experience with this sort of thing but I'd suggest having a search of the site because I have seen threads like this before.

Will give this a bump for you and I hope you can get some advice from students in similar situations to help your son! :bump:
Best of luck Emma! :hugs:

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Thank you but of a technology phobe so don’t really know how these things work but thank you for your help
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Thank you but of a technology phobe so don’t really know how these things work but thank you for your help
Me too but there is a search bar in the top right corner of the website.
If you "Search The Student Room" for something related: e.g. Conservatoire advice you might find something helpful!
Google can also show results from :tsr: sometimes too
Best of luck!
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Me too but there is a search bar in the top right corner of the website.
If you "Search The Student Room" for something related: e.g. Conservatoire advice you might find something helpful!
Google can also show results from :tsr: sometimes too
Best of luck!
Thank you 😊
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Hi
Just looking for some help for my son. He is currently studying a level music, a level music tech and P.E. Also studying for grade 8 Trombone. He has grade 5 theory and study for grade 6.
He has set his heart on studying music at a conservatoire as want to play professionally. He has visited a couple of conservatoires already with mixed feelings, Birmingham, guildhall and Leeds.
He is struggling to decide what and where he should go to get the best out of his degree and the contacts he will need to get when he is finished to get a job playing.
Hence my writing here, I would really love to help him pick the right one, so what I’m asking is which course did you choose and why? Which conservatoire? And why? What would you reccomend? Avoid?
Many thanks really appreciate any help

Emma
I have experience with this. Check out the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Trinity Laban has a solid jazz scene, so if he's a jazz trombonist it would open up a lot of doors. Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music tend to have a preference for those who have been to music school, but they are still fabulous institutions. Reputation wise, it's best to avoid Royal Welsh unless there's a particular department that you love. Check out RCS.
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Ok thank you, he had his heart set on jazz but since having a look around some it appears the jazz scene tends to be mainly improvisation whereas his lean is towards big bands and traditional jazz with scores but with some improv. There just seems to be a lot out there and it’s all becoming a mush! Thanks for your advice
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If you're wanting something Jazz specific, Leeds College of Music is always a good option. There is a specific Jazz course, but it doesn't stop you from collaborating with musicians from other pathways. There are specialist study tutors for every pathway and it's a course that fits around you and doesn't mould you to the course. There is also brilliant ensembles that go on weekly including New Music Ensembles and Big Bands and Jazz Orchestras as well as Wind Bands and Symphony/Chamber Orchestras. It's definitely worth considering. Leeds also has a great music scene so gigging is always an option!
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Thank you he did go to see Leeds on the open day and was impressed but is now uncertain as to weather to do a jazz course or a more traditional course in music? He loves traditional jazz but not too keen on improv and wouldn’t want a course that’s mostly improv so difficult to choose. Also wondering if London is the better place for contacts to gain employment after graduating? As I know it’s all difficult to get work within the music industry. Thanks again


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If you're wanting something Jazz specific, Leeds College of Music is always a good option. There is a specific Jazz course, but it doesn't stop you from collaborating with musicians from other pathways. There are specialist study tutors for every pathway and it's a course that fits around you and doesn't mould you to the course. There is also brilliant ensembles that go on weekly including New Music Ensembles and Big Bands and Jazz Orchestras as well as Wind Bands and Symphony/Chamber Orchestras. It's definitely worth considering. Leeds also has a great music scene so gigging is always an option!
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Ok thank you, he had his heart set on jazz but since having a look around some it appears the jazz scene tends to be mainly improvisation whereas his lean is towards big bands and traditional jazz with scores but with some improv. There just seems to be a lot out there and it’s all becoming a mush! Thanks for your advice
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Hey, I've picked a conservatoire which I'll be attending starting this september. It's most important to pick a conservatoire based on the primary teacher he'll be studying with. Then, consider the facilities, ensembles, opportunities, geography, lesson times, etc.
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