Master of Performance (Woodwind)
Royal College Of Music
Key Course Facts
The Royal College of Music offers a diverse two-year Masters programme with multiple study routes, which allow students to work towards the qualification most suited to their needs. Normally taken over two years, the Master of Performance (MPerf) develops performers’ practical skills, complemented by options which reflect current vocational and professional needs. Such skills are particularly relevant for those who aim to enter the profession as practitioners at the highest level and who need to meet the current practical demands of the music industry.
The Woodwind Faculty and the wider RCM community foster a culture of nurturing all students in a supportive environment. You are encouraged to grow into a confident and imaginative performer, taking advantage of all the opportunities available to you. Our outstanding team of woodwind professors, many of whom hold principal positions in major orchestras, combine careers as eminent performers with a passion and dedication for teaching. In addition to their one-to-one lessons, our students enjoy regular performance and ensemble classes, chamber coaching, orchestral playing and masterclasses with distinguished international musicians.
RCM students enjoy a wide variety of performance opportunities as part of the College’s diverse performance calendar, which includes several hundred events per year. All woodwind students have the chance to play in our orchestras, which include the RCM Philharmonic, the RCM Symphony Orchestra and the RCM Opera Orchestra, with opportunities to work with some of the finest conductors in the world. We also have our own Wind Ensemble, which often commissions new works.
Most students have the option of taking a second study on this course. 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. Second study specialisms are subject to successful audition and the agreement of the relevant Head of Faculty. Auditions take place during the first few weeks of the course, and students will have the opportunity to register for these auditions shortly before the start of the academic year. There is no need to inform the RCM at the point of application.
This course is also available on a part-time basis over 3 years upon request.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 5.5 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.|
|PTE Academic||51||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 51 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Overall score of 160-179 and no less than 160 in any component.|
|Trinity ISE||Trinity ISE II certificate. Must include a pass in all components.|
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Master of Performance (Woodwind), MPerf, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
An undergraduate degree or diploma, or an equivalent international qualification, usually in music.
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
How to apply
October 1, 2023
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Possible Entry Points:
- year 1 (Default entry point)
About Royal College Of Music
The Royal College of Music is a music academy that has enjoyed conservatoire status since the year 1882, and can be found in the London district of South Kensington, England. Students at this college have the opportunity to form a part of an enthusiastic group of talented performers, studying just opposite from the world- famous Royal Albert Hall. Whether it’s jazz, orchestra, or opera singing that moves you musically, the Royal College of Music provides exceptional tuition in all areas.
Student composition of Royal College Of Music
Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Cultural Heritage Management MA||The University of York||-||-||-||£8040||£18240||-||York||On campus Part-time|
|Conservation Studies MA||The University of York||-||-||-||£4400||£17300||-||York||On campus Part-time|
|Conservation Studies MSc||University of St Andrews||-||-||-||£9900||£20370||-||St Andrews||On campus Full-time|
|Conservation of Cultural Heritage MA||University of Lincoln||-||-||-||£45||£89||-||Lincoln||On campus Part-time|
|Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) MA||The University of York||-||-||-||£8040||£18240||-||York||On campus Part-time|
|Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies MA||University of East Anglia||-||-||-||£7850||£16400||-||Norwich||On campus Full-time|
|MMus Multi-Instrument Woodwind Performance MMus||Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama||-||-||-||£11163||£21962||-||Cardiff||On campus Full-time|
|International Cultural Heritage Management MA||Durham University||-||-||-||£10800||£22100||-||Durham||On campus Full-time|
|Cultural Heritage Management MA||University of Lincoln||-||-||-||£9300||£16200||-||Lincoln||On campus Full-time|
|Curation Practices MA||Leeds Arts University||-||-||-||£4625||-||-||Leeds||On campus Part-time|