The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s leading conservatoires, with a strong commitment to and bold vision for research excellence.
The RCM’s strategic priorities for research and innovation across both theory and practice include:
Encouraging creativity and innovation
…including musical activity of every kind which demonstrates synergies between practical creativity and innovation and questioning, analysis and reflection.
Widening repertoire boundaries and exploring new perspectives
…recognising particular contributions to knowledge and understanding made by the critical interrogation and enactment through performance of less familiar repertoire, whether at the cutting edge of contemporary endeavour or from earlier eras. We support new insights gained by crossing traditional boundaries of genre or discipline, between different musics or between music and the wider cultural environment
Deepening understanding of the process of music-making
…enriched by knowledge and understanding of the psychological and physiological processes involved in its production. The RCM is committed to sustaining a learning environment that is informed by research and innovation. We support research that deepens an understanding of how the art and craft of music is learned and taught at all levels.
Learning from the past
…The RCM cherishes and celebrates its rich heritage of musical excellence and its internationally significant Special Collections. We support our Special Collections in ways that maintain and enhance their accessibility as a research resource and their link to practice.
While the RCM’s current research is wide-ranging, our activities are broadly grouped into three areas that reflect an interaction between disciplines:
- Contemporary Musics
- Performance, Practices and Sources
- Performance Science
Read more about our research areas.