Scottish Ballet’s MMus (Piano for Dance) degree, accredited by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, offers a unique mix of professional tutelage and practical application and is the only course of its kind in the world.
Graduate pianists aspiring to work within the professional dance world have come to Glasgow to take advantage of the mentoring by well-established dance musicians, the opportunity to experience working within a professional environment and to learn from the support and friendship offered by close association with the Artistic Staff and the Company dancers.
Whether the students arrive with experience of working within dance, or with no previous experience at all, the programme ensures that they will leave with the skills required to work in the professional dance sector. From the earliest stages of training the students accompany all aspects of the Company’s work, in dancers’ classes, rehearsals or education projects. Uniquely amongst pianists those engaged in dance are expected to be able to improvise and the course places great emphasis on developing this skill.
As with any post-graduate study experienced support is critical. Our team is small with Richard Honner, Principal Conductor, and Brian Prentice, Company Pianist, providing stability throughout the course. Previous students have praised the dancers for their support and friendship.
There is a chronic lack of skilled dance pianists and it is gratifying that all our previous students have found work within the dance world, amongst other companies with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet.
Those wishing to apply should contact Registry at The Royal Conservatoire for details.
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