Introduction

Musical Theatre Administrator: Juleka Nwankwo
tel: 020 7873 7483
e-mail: mth@ram.ac.uk

Please note that currently we cannot accept any further applications for the Musical Theatre course.

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 Musical Theatre.

Mission Statement
"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 theatre.

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 actor."

Structure
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 competitions.

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 evening.

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 musicians.

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.

"Dry this academic afternoon was not! It was a privilege to attend a revelatory public seminar"

Musicalpointers, April 2005

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