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The conservatoire experience

Find out what studying at a conservatoire is like and if it’s the right choice for you.
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Creativity lies at the heart of the conservatoire experience in the UK. Performance is studied rigorously, alongside vocational skills to give a broad cultural experience. This is designed to equip artists with the means to develop a distinctive profile that will give them an edge in the fast-evolving creative industries.

Each conservatoire has its own distinct history and identity. Their different 'flavours' provide applicants with a wide range of study options.

In a conservatoire education, individual development is paramount: one-to-one and small-group teaching is the focal point of the experience. The teachers have significant profiles as leading professionals who know what is required to succeed.

Conservatoires have strong connections with all areas of the arts world. Programmes are delivered by respected mentors; whether in weekly lessons with principal teachers, group projects with leading conductors, directors and choreographers, or in seminars, workshops or master-classes with international figures.

Many elements of conservatoire programmes simulate 'real-life' environments, such as auditions, rehearsals, and all kinds of media. Work placements with leading arts organisations are a key part of conservatoire life; whether in professional 'side-by-sides', outreach projects, or in other areas of the business such as recording, filming, technology, teaching, research and publishing.

Whatever the student's background, UK conservatoires are experienced at unlocking their potential.