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Music Foundation

Our Music Foundation programme is designed for talented students seeking a place at a university music department or conservatoire.

The programme will enable you to refine your skills (composition, theory, performance and recording) and broaden your musical knowledge and understanding. It is designed to give you unrivalled breadth of content and flexibility, allowing you to focus on particular areas of passion as well as developing your skills and creating well-rounded, confident musicians.

There are two music streams:
  • Performance: Aimed at the more classically trained musician. You will work towards entry into university, conservatoire or music college.

  • Technology: Aimed at the more pop-based contemporary musician who has had some experience with music technology. Students will work towards entry into music tech colleges and pop music courses.

If you are looking for a place at a university music department you will be well prepared for higher education, having undertaken aural training, music research and performance. At a music university department your study will be more theory-based; you will study a broader range of content of which performance is one element.

If you are looking for a place at a conservatoire, you will be given the opportunity to undertake extensive preparation for entrance examinations and auditions. At a conservatoire there will be much more focus on performance.

You will be encouraged to build links with the music industry through course projects and key units throughout the year.


Use the links to the right to find out more

Music student destinations included:

  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Trinity College of Music
  • Goldsmiths
  • Tech Music School
  • University of York
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Sheffield
  • Univesity of Manchester
  • Birmingham Conservatoire