COME PLAY YOUR PART
‘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.
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Bassoon Saxophone Violin Viola Cello Bass
||: MUSIC PERFORMANCE MAY BE FOR YOU.
THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF GLASGOW MUSIC PERFORMANCE TRACK
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
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 â€™nâ€™ 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
ALL NEW STUDENTS TO THE
MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION
PROGRAMME MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:
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
THEORY & COMPOSITION
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
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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