Guildhall School of Music and Drama Principal

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Principal

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Principal

Principal Study

One-to-one principal study lies at the heart of the learning experience at the Guildhall School. We offer study in the following areas (some courses, including Chamber Music, Leadership, Music Therapy and Opera, are available at postgraduate level only):

You benefit from our partnerships

Our partnerships with five key organisations – the Barbican Centre, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House and the Academy of Ancient Music – ensure students benefit from links with the profession before they graduate. If you are a performer, there are opportunities to perform in some of London’s most prestigious venues. Whatever you study, we will encourage you to work with artists from other art forms, as well as those specialising in your area.

The Guildhall Community

At Guildhall School we offer a lively, friendly and collaborative community – a community in which we expect you to be a professional from day one. We ask for dedication and commitment, and in return we give you as many opportunities as we can. In our music programmes we are highly regarded for the quality and rigour of our teaching. We are also renowned for enabling innovation and experimentation and for our unwavering commitment to pushing boundaries in all areas.

Your development as a musician and performer

Our ultimate goal is to transform you, as a musician and performer, into a fully-fledged creative artist. We aim to make you the finest musician you can be, and in support of this we provide detailed developmental work on inner hearing, performance psychology and artistic interpretation. We also offer training in large-scale chamber music, new music, historically-informed performance and interdisciplinary practice.

During your time at Guildhall School, you will be challenged to become a highly imaginative interpreter and curator; a problem solver and free thinker capable of working at the highest levels of a fiercely competitive industry.

One-to-one and group sessions

At the heart of your training will be an ongoing series of intensive, one-to-one and small group sessions with our core staff of over 400 practitioners and teachers. You will also gain access and exposure to international artists, whose calibre is unequalled within the sector. By working side by side with the finest visiting international performers, composers and conductors, you will embark on a learning curve which accelerates your development exponentially. Indeed, this exposure is designed to help you hone your skills and develop your responses to performance, giving you the opportunity to fulfil your potential and enrich your artistic life.


A four-year programme leading to a Bachelor of Music degree with Honours, where at least two-thirds of the credit of each year is focused on Principal Study. You will have at least 30 individual lessons a year, and performance is central to the programme for everyone. Read more about the undergraduate BMus programme.


We offer one of the world’s most innovative packages of postgraduate study. Qualifications available include Guildhall Artist in Performance (including Orchestral Artistry), Composition and Leadership, Artist Diploma, DMus/PhD, MA in Music Therapy and MA in Opera Making and Writing in association with the Royal Opera House. Read more about our postgraduate programmes.