Music College Post A Levels
It always surprises me how many people don’t know about music college Junior Departments. If you have aspirations of being a professional classical musician, then one of your best options is to attend a music college at the age of 18. There are prestigious music colleges all over the world, but some of the most highly regarded are in the UK. In particular, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (both in London) are among some of the best options for young musicians.
Generally speaking, you won’t be considered for a music college at the age of 18 unless you have a grade 8 in your primary instrument and have a second instrument on the side. This is all fairly common knowledge, but what people don’t realise is that it is possible to attend music college as a child, which is what I did.
Music College Junior Departments
The UK music colleges transform into ‘Junior Departments’ at the weekends. Here, aspiring musicians under the age of 18 can benefit from lessons with world-class musicians, music theory lessons and musicianship tuition, ensembles with likeminded young musicians of a similar standard, competitions, and fantastic opportunities to work on recordings and other exciting musical opportunities. If a child does indeed aspire to attend a music college at the age of 18 and become a professional classical musician, then a junior department will help prepare a young person for entry into the music college proper.
If you think your child, or someone you know has extraordinary music talent and would benefit from an exceptionally high standard of tuition, then the Junior Departments are certainly something to consider. Anyone can apply for a place, and then there is an audition process at the end of which you find out whether or not you are considered talented enough to be awarded with a place. If you are lucky enough to get through the audition process then there are annual tuition fees to pay, although there are also scholarships and bursaries available.
There are Music Colleges all over the UK so if you are interested then there is likely to be one within a few hours of you. Check the websites of the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity College of Music for London. The Birmingham Conservatoire is the college in the Midlands, and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester is the place to look for the North of England. There are also colleges in Wales and Scotland.
Preparing for Audition
Music colleges particularly like those who have some piano playing ability. If you go back 20 years then being able to have at least a little competence on the piano was actually a requirement. If you want to start preparing your little one for an audition then it might be worth seeing how they fair on the piano if they don’t already have lessons. Digital pianos are available from Chase Direct, starting at under £300. The Chase P-47 is an excellent option for anyone who is just starting out. Other popular electric piano models from Chase Direct include the Chase CDP-345, the Chase P-50, and the Kawai KDP-90. Head over to the Chase Direct website for more information or give the piano team a call.