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Does anyone go there? What's it like? I tried searching on here but nothing came up. My younger brother is going there in September and I'm curious as to what the place is like. Obviously I know it's highly regarded in the world of music (being a music teacher myself), but I'd like a current student's perspective, if possible, on the city as well as the institution.
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Their courses are very specialised, if your heart is set on becoming a performer, teacher or composer - this is the place for you.

With any conservitoire (or however you spell it) you are going to get more students (than at a uni) who are very much up themselves, and feel they are destined to become "stars".

Personally, I didn't want to shut down my options to just one career path so I was always more in favour of the Glasgow and Edinburgh BMus's, when I failed the Academys BMus audtion I was thankful that I didn't have that dilemma to be honest. Also, I did not take a liking to the principal who auditioned me - seemed rather patronising.
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I don't go there but I work with a lot of current and ex students of the academy. They all seen to enjoy it and are very good at what they do. The city also offers a wide variety of opportunities to get experience and/or listen to the music of your choice live.
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I've gone to their Junior scheme for about 3 years, and My sisters done a PGDip, MMus and is about to start her MOp.

The BMus scheme is veeery performance based. A lot of the first years have very little theoretical knowledge other than enough to get them through grade 5 theory for the grade 8. Given that, the majority of the teaching staff are excellent, and the amount of 1 on 1 teaching time is great. 2 one hour lessons a week I think (on the Bmus anyway).

The BEd is in conjunction with Glasgow Uni, but a lot of people get onto the BEd in the hope of transferring onto the BMus in second year, which hardly ever happens.

The oppertunity for performing is great too. The Ensambles get dragged all over the place, like the brass ensamble played at the Scottish parliament anniversary the other week, and my sister and some other singing Masters students went to Bayreuth at the beginning of the year to sing. There's masterclasses from massive names too, like Malcom Martineau and I went to a Christian Lindberg (trombone) one a few years ago.
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Blimey, that sounds fantastic - I'm sure my brother (horn player and singer) will fit right in!
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