Introduction and History
The Course was started in 1994, and is designed by Mary Hammond
and Karen Rabinowitz with the aim of providing a multi-skilled
training programme in a professional environment. The students work
with professionals and are treated as a theatre company.
In 1995 it was granted the equivalent of registered graduate
status by British Equity, which recognises the quality of the
training offered, and allows graduating students certain privileges
on entering the profession.
The course leads to a postgraduate performance diploma in
"The aim of the Course is to give a thorough professional musical
and dramatic training to students of postgraduate (or equivalent)
level to equip them for performance in contemporary musical
The driving force behind the course design is the integration of
the three core disciplines: Singing, Acting and Movement.
Taught by leading exponents in the field, it reflects the advances
in the understanding of vocal physiology and the research in the
science of the voice.
"To bridge the gap between the acting singer and the singing
A basic working week of five days comprises skills classes in voice
and the spoken word, extended voice techniques, dance (including
jazz, tap and occasionally ballroom), movement, acting, singing,
repertoire coaching, sight-singing, choral singing, audition
classes and project work. Students are also offered masterclasses
and workshops with visiting professionals and take part in internal
They also take part in regular workshops of new music with
composers and writers. Some of these are taken on to full
performances; others have resulted in recordings or further
workshops outside the main Course. Students also take part in
recordings in the RAM recording studio.
The academic year is split into three terms with vacations at
Christmas and Easter. During term-time students are required to
attend all classes and rehearsals, whenever scheduled, unless they
have applied for and been granted leave of absence.
Occasionally, often in the run up to performances, students are
expected to work at weekends. Classes frequently extend into the
Students are enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music, one of
Europe's leading conservatoires and a full member of the University
of London. They partake of an environment rich in artistic
heritage, full of emerging talent, and situated in the heart of
Central London. Fellow students include instrumentalists, pianists,
concert and opera singers, composers, jazz and commercial
Facilities at the Academy include the Sir Jack Lyons Theatre
(capacity 240), two large concert halls, large rehearsal spaces, a
dance studio, recording studio, library (including listening
booths), restaurant and student bar.