All students who are not undertaking joint principal study are classed as single study students. Single study students may want to pursue additional related or second study tuition alongside their principal specialism, but this is not a requirement.
Single study: principal & related study
Related study allows instrumentalists to receive tuition on an instrument closely related to their principal study, such as oboe and cor anglais or flute and piccolo.
Related studies are approved by the relevant Head of Faculty once a student has started their course. No audition is required and you do not need to let us know about your interest in related study before you arrive at the RCM.
Single study: principal & second study
Second study allows students to receive tuition in a second specialism, taught and assessed at a lower intensity than their principal study, in an area that does not qualify for related study. Examples include piano and violin, or trumpet and composition.
Students wishing to undertake second study should submit only one application and indicate their interest on that application. You will be auditioned for your principal study specialism only. If your application is successful you will be eligible to audition for second study when you start your programme at the RCM.
Joint principal study
Students with an equally high level of ability in two areas may undertake joint principal study, in which their two specialisms are taught and assessed with equal weight. This is a demanding option, requiring a very high level of practical skill.
Due to the large number of scheduled vocal classes it is not possible for singers to undertake Joint Principal Study.
If you wish to undertake joint principal study you should submit only one application and select joint principal study on your application form. You will be auditioned for and may be offered a place to study two specialisms at equal intensity. Depending on your performance at audition, the RCM may decide to offer a place on only one of the two principal studies.