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Birmingham Conservatoire

Address Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HG
Tel. No. +44 (0) 121 331 5901/2
Fax No. +44 (0) 121 331 5906
E-mail address
Course Titles
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus) (Hons)Full -time, 4 year course
  • BMus in Raga Sangeet (Hons)Full-time, 4 year course with 1 year at the University of Delhi
  • BMus (Hons) in Jazz
  • Diploma in Professional Studies Full and Part time
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Music Full and P/T
  • Master of Arts in Music F/T and P/T
  • Master of Philosophy F/T and P/T
  • Doctor of Philosophy F/T and P/T
  • Course Director BMus Course Director: David Saint
    Bmus Raga Sangeet Course Director: Mark Lockett
    Bmus Jazz Course Director: Jeremy Price
    Type of courses See above
    Date of commencement September
    Length of course see above
    Class size Depends whether rehearsals, workshops or one-to-one tuition.
    Student accommodation Guaranteed accommodation for all first year students in University managed accommodation.
    Fees £8,000
    Student grants Scholarships of £2,000 available for overseas Conservatoire students.
    Admission requirements
  • IELTS 6
  • TOEFL 550
  • The equivalent of GCE/GCSE passes in four different subjects including three subjects at A-level.
  • GCSE passes should be at least Grade C.
  • Student Profile * Ratio of national/ overseas students: 5/1
    * Age range 19- 45
    Contact for application The Registrar


    About the courses

    Birmingham Conservatoire is one of the leading music colleges in the UK. Part of the University of Central England it is the largest University Music department in Britain. Birmingham Conservatoire is a music college of international stature which trains students to the highest possible professional standards of solo performance, composition, chamber music, orchestral playing and teaching. Practical work is supported by sound theoretical programme and students are encouraged to adopt a broad and enquiring approach to their studies.

    As students belong to one of four Schools and take part in organised activities as appropriate to course requirements: their chosen Principal Study is at all times maintained as the major element of their curriculum. However, we aim to balance this depth of study with a breadth of opportunities in such a way as to accommodate and nurture each individual's particular talents. Self-discipline and team spirit are encouraged in the development of professional attitudes and flexible musicianship.

    Prominant Publications

    Dr Peter Johnson (Head of postgraduate studies): 'Performance and the Listening Experience: Bach's 'Erbarme dich'', in Theory into Practice, ed. Peter Dejans, Leuven University Press 1999. A 14,000 word chapter critically examining the technical and philosophical problems of analysing musical performance. Computer-assisted methods of acoustic analysis are demonstrated and discussed, and the outcomes compared with more traditional critical methods. Two recordings, conducted by Richter and Eliot Gardner respectively, are used to illustrate the methods and the nature of the problems. Co-authors in the volume are Nicholas Cook (Southampton) and Hans Zender (Frankfurt).

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