Designed to support performance and composition, this programme will enable you to build on your musical interests, skills and experience; discover more about music; and explore possibilities for your personal, artistic and professional development.
Normally undertaken prior to undergraduate study, the programme is of particular value to aspiring musicians who wish to develop their musical skills and techniques through a dedicated programme of study rooted in practice-based activity, as well as to significantly enhance their skills in the use of the English language.
On completion of the programme, students will have enhanced their performance/composition skills in their Principal Study discipline, and be able to communicate in English at a level appropriate to entry to conservatoire BMus or university music study within the UK. In addition to your Principal Study lessons and departmental classes, you will: improve your performance skills through engagement with Alexander Technique, Dalcroze and weekly performance workshops; and gain confidence in audition techniques.
The programme runs across three terms (Sept to July) with additional pre-sessional and post-sessional English Language development and enhancement activities available to students as required. Most Professional Studies teaching takes place during the Autumn and Spring terms to allow students adequate self-study time to prepare for the final recital and deepen their English Language skills during the Summer term.
Integrated Skills in English
The Professional Studies module includes 1-1 lessons, departmental classes, Alexander Technique, Dalcroze Eurythmics, CoLab, audition class, performance workshop and generative techniques.
The Integrated Skills in English module includes small group tutorials, practical project tasks, and chamber music coaching.
Teaching and Learning
Learning takes place through a blend of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study. Musical skill development and English language acquisition is equally balanced throughout the programme, and opportunities will be sought wherever possible to intermix learning across these two areas of study.
Instrumental / composition / vocal tuition consists of individual lessons, group classes, rehearsals, workshops and seminars, with some masterclasses also available for observation. Students will develop their learning from individual lessons within a broad range of solo, small group, chamber and large ensemble activities. Visiting artists, ensemble directors and lecturers will expose students to a variety of views and approaches current within the profession. CoLab is an integral element of performance studies and is a ring-fenced period of the academic year where students from across the institution work together to create and develop creative projects and where artistic risks and innovation are encouraged.
Tuition in English language and associated academic study skills is delivered in small tutorial groups, where practical experience of communicating with others is blended with the development of vocabulary and grammar knowledge and understanding to develop fluency and the ability to consistently apply learning in practice. Where possible and appropriate, English language lessons will integrate opportunities for musical learning. The programme aims to enable students to develop independence strategies in support of lifelong learning, and tutors will regularly encourage reflection and the formulation of specific personal targets for learning.
A number of elements of the programme will involve study with another student or students in a collaborative way. Collaboration is considered to be at the heart of professional artistic life and as such, opportunities such as these represent valued learning experiences.
- The minor performance or composition technical assessment will permit formative feedback to allow students to check their technical progress against the expectations of the programme.
- The major performance or composition assessment will require students to perform or create music under similar conditions to a public performance.
- Students are also required to attend Ensemble/group activities in order to develop understanding of professional expectations and responsibilities in relation to collaborative activity.
- Students are required to participate in CoLab in order to develop understanding of the requirements of a collaborative project that crosses media, genre or culture or conventions, and skills in generative performance and negotiated project design.
- Students are required to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to the module leader’s satisfaction. This will consist of a learning journal, regular recordings, performance reflections, etc.
Integrated Skills in English
- Minor Assessment: Communication in the chamber rehearsal examination. This assessment will permit feedback for learning and allow students to check their progress as effective communicators in musical contexts.
- Major Assessment: Students will be required to rehearse music under conditions similar to a standard chamber ensemble rehearsal. It will develop students’ abilities to collaborate effectively with their fellow musicians and to apply personal skills of debate, dialogue and rehearsal leadership needed for many rehearsal contexts.
TCL ISE II:
At the conclusion of the year of study students will undertake the Trinity College London ISE II exam, which comprises two exam modules:
- Reading & Writing
- Speaking & Listening
Candidates must pass both modules for an ISE II (B2) qualification.
Trinity Laban places greater emphasis on its own audition process than on formal qualifications. The course is aimed at students considering entry to undergraduate study at conservatoire or university, and places are offered to candidates who demonstrate the potential to reach that level within the year. As a guide, ABRSM/Trinity College London Grade 8 or equivalent would be the minimum expected level of entrance to the programme, although this is not a pre-requisite.
NB: All applicants should note that Trinity Laban will not consider applications for deferred entry.
The programme accepts students in all Western Art Music instruments and voice.
English language requirement: CEFR B1 (ISE – Integrated Skills in English B1 or IELTS minimum 4.5 for UKVI B1).
Fees and Finance
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy.
Accommodation and Living Costs: This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
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