chlo.studyo
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Hey guys. I'm a year 12 student studying Music, Music tech, and R.E and I want to be a professional singer in 10 years. I want to be the type of singer that works hard and writes their own songs with their own heartfelt message. I want to compose music with complex ideas and concepts and I want to be able to use my voice in any way I can to deliver a specific message. I want to touch people's hearts and I want to feel the atmosphere when I go on stage and give people an appreciation for the academic side of music, rather than just be satisfied with the same four-chord progression. I think I can get the proper tools I need at the royal academy of music, but the requirements are grade 8 singing and it is recommended that you are grade 5 piano. I will be able to get grade 8 singing by next year but at the moment I only have grade 1 piano. there's no way I can get lessons too because I have a single mother and i have to prioritize singing rather than piano. I am just nervous because I have a lot of passion for music and i do loads of music-related things both in school and outside of school. I am in two choirs, I participate in all concerts in the school, I play guitar and sing at the care home I volunteer at and I help the kids in the lower years of the school with performing in bands club. What would it take for them to accept me into the academy even without grade 5 piano? I couldn't imagine a future without music, so I am really hoping it is not too late.
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RAM has a large emphasis on the technical elements of music, hence why they want piano as well. It won't hurt to apply there, but maybe apply to a couple of music degrees at universities as well as conservatoires.
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RAM has a large emphasis on the technical elements of music, hence why they want piano as well. It won't hurt to apply there, but maybe apply to a couple of music degrees at universities as well as conservatoires.
I was looking around for different options as well but the vocal specialist course at RAM seems to be the most suitable for me. It seems to be a trend that all the respectable conservatoires have to have grade 5 piano and I would rather go to a well known and respected one. RAM is very close to me as well and it is perfect because I ideally would like to stay in London unless I end up getting a place somewhere else at a more prestigious place. I think that if I go to a very highly regarded conservatoire or university then people won't say I am wasting away my abilities or that I'm throwing my future away you know? do you know any universities tor Conservatoires that i possibly have a chance of getting into without grade 5 piano?
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I would recommend calling them and explaining your situation. Often, if you come from an under-privileged/low-income background, you'll be able to get some lee-way in regards to entry requirements. Especially with something like this, as you are in a financial position that makes it near impossible to afford multiple instrumental lessons. I know I couldn't at the moment. I'm self taught on most of the instruments I play.
Just from my own knowledge, most universities don't require grade 5 piano. The only on I can think of that does is Edinburgh. I'm going to Surrey in September, and got other offers too: none of them wanted grade 5 piano.
http://www.conservatoiresuk.ac.uk/members/
This is a list of all UK conservatoires. Have a look at each one and see what they want from you. I got into LCoM last year, but declined (you might love it though, so don't rule it out) and I have a mate going to Guildhall in September. Neither of us have grade 5 piano. It could be that it's only for singers.
Also, I couldn't find anything on the RAM website that said it required grade 5 piano, so it may be worth double checking that information.
Either way, good luck! I hope you get where you want to go
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