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Preparing you for the Profession

You want to be a professional musician, but what do today’s professional musicians actually do? How has the life of the musician changed in the last 10 or 20 years? How might it change again before you graduate?

At the Royal College of Music, we want to ensure you are fully prepared for the ever evolving profession which you have chosen.

Challenges await you, but if you start your preparation early there’s never been a better time to be a musician.

We believe there four main reasons why RCM graduates are so successful:

1. Professors

Our professors are exceptional teachers who will help you become the very best performer or composer you can be. Many of them also work in the music industry as performers artistic directors, educators and administrators. They all understand what it takes to succeed and are able to pass on their skills, knowledge, experiences and contacts to their students.

Click here to see where our professors hold principal positions

RCM professors hold principal positions in many leading UK orchestras including:

BBC Symphony Orchestra
English Baroque Soloists
London Brass
London Sinfonietta
London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 

2. Professional development

The RCM is home to our world-famous careers centre, the RCM Creative Careers Centre. The team will help you to learn about the demands and realities of a fast changing profession, offering career advice and performance opportunities.

Find out more about what the RCM Creative Careers Centre offers.

RCM Sparks, the RCM’s ground breaking learning and participation programme offers you comprehensive training programmes to develop the skills you'll need to take on diverse roles in the future.

Find out more about RCM Sparks

3. Contacts with the outside world

London is the centre of the classical music industry, and the RCM is at the heart of an extraordinary network. Agents, publishers and bookers often attend our events. For orchestral musicians we offer side-by-side ‘sit-in’ schemes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and English National Opera Orchestra. Composers participate in innovative projects with some of London’s most prestigious venues. Singers cover roles for English Touring Opera. These schemes offer selected students the chance to sit in on professional rehearsal and gain invaluable experience.

Click here for a list of recent orchestral collaborations and orchestral partnerships

Recent orchestral collaborations and artistic partnerships include:

Philharmonia Orchestra
City of Light: Paris 19001950

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Alfred Schnittke: between Two Worlds
Prokofiev, Man of the People?

Southbank Centre
The Rest Is Noise

London Handel Festival
Handel's Giove in Argo

Royal Academy of Arts
Sensing Spaces 

4. Programmes of study

Your programme of study is specifically designed to help you build up all of the skills and experiences you need to enter the profession. Alongside your core one-to-one teaching, you can take options that help you build applied skills such as producing your own CD or creating your own website.

Visit our courses section to see our different programmes.

RCM Graduates are leading successful musical careers throughout the world. Read about our most recent graduates and see where they’re working right now.
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