Questions to help you find the right course and to prepare you for life as a student
MANAGE YOUR OWN EXPECTATIONS
What are your goals?
What opportunities will you want to pursue after your degree?
Many people assume that all courses are equal and do not consider this important issue. Take advice where it is offered and discuss options with your teacher.
What type of institution would you prefer — a college, conservatoire or university?
Would you get more from a specialist music institution or a university with a broader curriculum?
Does it provide the right balance of specialities?
Every institution offers its own collection of study paths. Some will allow you to concentrate on one area, such as performance or composition, and others will allow you to balance several.
What qualification do you want?
Check also that you have the right qualifications for entry.
Who would you like to study with?
Use the teachers index to find out where they teach.
Where would you like to study?
Research the area: investigate the local music scene, check accommodation and travel options, and ensure that your course is conducted in a language you understand!
Are there any open days that you can attend?
GET YOURSELF ACCEPTED
When is the deadline for applications?
When are the auditions?
What are the audition requirements?
Check the repertoire options.
What are the language requirements?
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR STUDY
Do you need a visa?
Many places require travel documents to be valid for a year after the end of a course.
Are any grants, bursaries or scholarships available?
Check for possible government funding and options within the conservatoire and private funding bodies.
Can you support yourself?
Plan your finances ahead, especially if you will be using an unfamiliar currency.
If studying abroad, do you need to register with a new bank?
Do you need to register with a doctor and dentist?
Does your place of study require you to register with the police, or with your embassy?
Will your place of study help you to find accommodation?
Picture: A performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Kiran Ridley)