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2011–2012 PROSPECTUS




‘GLASGOW IS VERY VIBRANT. THE WEST END IS LIKE THE VILLAGE WITHIN THE CITY.’ SARAH GIBSON, 4TH YEAR HONOURS In an average week, Glasgow hosts 123 bands, 72 classical composers, 49 choirs, 38 orchestras and 21 jazz bands. Renowned for discovering acts from Franz Ferdinand to Primal Scream, the city has fantastic venues for live music including King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – voted UK’s best live venue by listeners of Radio 1 three years in a row.


CONTENTS Music Performance. . . . . . . . 1 Music Education. . . . . . . . . . 2 Jazz Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theory & Composition . . . . . 4 Audio Production . . . . . . . . . 5

DO YOU enjoy the creative process? DO YOU plan to pursue an advanced degree in music? DO YOU want to teach music privately or at the university level? DO YOU see yourself performing in a professional orchestra or vocal ensemble? O YOU believe you can put in extensive time and effort to hone your talent into skill? D

equips musicians like you to take their art to the next level.

The programme is tailored to young people desiring a career

in performance, pedagogy, or to pursue advanced degrees in performance.

Voice Piano Organ Guitar Pipes Trumpet

In addition to music performance, courses in theory,

music history, literature, and conducting give the student a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.

Performance majors also participate in musical ensembles, attend and perform in recitals, and take voice and piano

classes, providing extensive, diverse musical experiences. Music performance majors leave RCG with the artistic and practical preparation they need to start a musical career.

Trombone Baritone


French Horn Tuba




Bassoon Saxophone Violin Viola Cello Bass




Percussion Harp


MUSIC IS MY PASSION, EDUCATION IS MY CALLING. As Johann Sebastian Bach once said,

You will first and foremost study music

All you have to do is touch the right

philosophies of music. You will experiment

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” You will be teaching people to do just that with a focus

in music education. Despite its title,

music education is a multidisciplinary

programme encompassing courses in art, history, English, languages, psychology, philosophy, and of course, music.

itself—its history, its theories, the very

with individual instruments as you learn

the best way to teach children how to play the string, brass, and woodwind families. Your voice is an instrument too, so get ready to sing and encourage others to sing as well. You will learn about sight reading and ear training, and how to

build those skills in your future students. Composition, conducting, orchestration, and improvisation will all be part of your course work. You will build a foundation

of knowledge in instrumental and chorale

repertoire, and get a head start designing a sample curriculum for the classroom. Often, music education

students go on to teach

private lessons; others become teachers in

primary or secondary schools. You will

receive classroom experience through

observation and student teaching. This is a semester-long endeavour, where you will see firsthand what goes into being a music educator—the ways music comes alive for students in

the classroom and what all goes into managing that classroom effectively. Your own music will be part of your

studies as well, and we will require you to concentrate and gain proficiency

in an instrument of your choice. The most important requirement for this

major is a love of music and a desire

to bring that music—and that passion

for it—to others. If you’ve got talent to boot, you should really enjoy the ride.


The classes you will take include

Arranging for Vocal Ensemble Instrumental Conducting Choral Rehearsal Techniques Computer Application for Music Education Teaching With a Multicultural Perspective Preparing for the Music Licencing Exam Music, the Brain, and Learning

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Instrument Repair

STUDY, JAM, AND GIG WITH TOP-NOTCH PLAYERS At the Royal Conservatory of Glasgow, our students embrace a variety of styles, from classic jazz to jazz-

inspired contemporary music. As an RCG student, you

Contemporary music electives Futuristic Concepts Ensemble Drum ’n’ Bass Ensemble M-Base Ensemble Linear Composition Improvisation Electric Miles Ensemble Afrobeat Ensemble Rhythm and Blues Ensemble Advanced Rhythmic Concepts Ensembles Improvisation in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

will connect with legendary performers and music industry

luminaries. The curriculum is designed to help you develop your creative voice, performance skills, and ability to

navigate with confidence the world of professional music. Throughout its history, jazz has influenced and been influenced

by contemporary musical styles. This give-and-take relationship

includes the music of the early street bands in New Orleans, the dance hall music of the Roaring Twenties, Kansas City blues,

Crossdivisional electives Hip-Hop: Skill, Style, Science Punk and Noise Cabaret Jazz and Art Jazz and Animation Sound design courses Classical music courses

Broadway musicals, film music, the mambo and merengue of the Caribbean, the bossa nova and samba of Brazil, the

soul and funk and rock music of the sixties and seventies, the

classical avant-garde, and many other musical forms and styles. At RCG, you acquire a broad and deep understanding of the artistry and the business of music. By studying from a variety of vantage points, you develop a solid foundation in the technical, conceptual, creative, historical, and professional aspects of jazz and contemporary music performance. You will

pursue your musical interests, collaborate in composing music, and perform with improv

Classic jazz electives Charlie Parker Ensemble Thelonious Monk Ensemble Jazz Orchestra Art Blakey Ensemble


ensembles in gigs throughout Britain.

Standards Ensemble Wayne Shorter Ensemble Coltrane Ensemble Mingus Ensemble Ornette Coleman Ensemble Herbie Hancock Ensemble





perform an audition on their major instrument,

interview with a member of the music faculty,

and take a music theory placement examination.

HOW MUSIC WORKS & HOW TO MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU Music Theory is the study of the content

and construction of music. Composition is

the process of creating musical works. Music

Theorists and Composers are practitioners who

exhibit not only technical competence, but also a broad

knowledge of music, literature, musical style, and an insight into the role of music in the life of humankind. Our programme prepares students to

become teachers of music theory in secondary schools, analyse and comment on music (i.e. become a music critic), compose and arrange art music or music for films or TV,

pursue graduate studies in theory or composition to later become a teacher of theory or composition at the university level, and pursue graduate programmes in related areas (e.g. recording or arts management).Â

Most students in the Theory/Composition programme regard their Senior Recital as one

of the major highlights of their programme. For this recital, composition students arrange for other students to perform several of their pieces. Some ambitious students in the

past have even arranged for orchestras. The recital usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes and is open to the public.

The classes you will take include


Tonal Harmony and Composition Ear Training Computer Notation and Transcription The Russian Art of Modulation Contemporary Techniques in Composition Introduction to Electroacoustic Music Japanese Music and Instruments Conducting The Music of J.S. Bach Symphonies of Jean Sibelius

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Conducting for Film and TV Production

CAN YOU IMAGINE A LIFE WITHOUT RECORDED MUSIC? So much of our culture connects through the aesthetics and

Through classroom emphasis on artistic and professional

Conservatory of Glasgow is at the forefront of enabling

you will develop an informed and critical aesthetic vision. You

emotional appeal of the production of sound, and the Royal

students to influence the airwaves in many interesting forms. “Audio production is more than some guys fiddling with some buttons in a dim lit setting. It is the chance to be

excellence and exposure to resident and visiting professionals, will learn to define quality using both musical and technical

criteria and to apply those criteria to your own work and to that of others.You will learn to work effectively with others in the

recording and production professions through participation as

another creative member of the band, the on-air team

engineer and producer on various projects, and by interacting

augment others as we make stories that change people.”

sufficient knowledge of engineering methodology and creative

or the movie production. It is about using your skills to

In the Audio Production track, you will learn about the creation and production of recordings of music and

effectively with musicians on these projects. You will acquire

production to permit you to adapt quickly and effectively to the rapidly changing technology and stylistic genres in the discipline.

how to successfully complete recording projects that

are typical of those found in contemporary professional

recording and production environments. Your mastery of the discipline will be shown through the completion of

recording and production projects of professional quality.

What you could do upon graduation:

music in a recording studio, post-production house, church or other sonic venue.

Radio Production Working at or managing a radio station and staying current with technology and process as radio adapts to new formats of distribution

Sound Design Post-production audio production for movies


Music Production Engineering, mixing, mastering and producing

and television – fields where sound designers have increased in importance over the past two decades as filmmakers come to understand the potential for storytelling through audio.






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