Progressive Course - FAQs

How does this course relate to your previous course structure?

This course is similar to our Intermediate Course.

Why do you ask applicants to submit video footage?

We want to see you in action! It helps us decide whether this course is the right fit for you.

Do I need to have my own choir when I apply for the course?

You should have a choir you can work with in between sessions, whether you are the main conductor, assistant or apprentice.

Do I have to have passed the Emerging Course before applying for this course?

No - people can apply to enter our training structure at any level. If you have passed the Emerging course within 2 years of applying for the Progressive Course, you can use your video footage from that course in support of your application.

Do I need to have any other qualifications before applying for this course?

As this course can be used to work towards the DipABRSM, we generally anticipate participants having A Level Music, Grade 8 in any instrument or similar qualification, however, we also assess applicants on their video footage and previous professional experience. Some experience of vocal training would also be beneficial.

Can I pay for the course in instalments?

We're happy to accept payment instalments by prior arrangement, so if you want to spread the payment please get in touch with us to make an arrangement that suits you. Please do this at the time of booking, otherwise we'll expect the full balance to be paid before the course starts.

How many people are there on a course?

There are usually up to 15 participants in one group.

Is there a choir?

A choir is provided on the final day of course, and if you opt to take the exam a choir will be provided for that as well.

How much individual conducting time will I get?

Each participant has the opportunity to conduct at each session, usually for around 12 - 15 minutes.

What happens if I can't make a session? Can I still complete the course?

If you have made 5 of the course sessions, including the first and last session, then we can work with you between the sessions you miss so that you can complete the course.

If I drop out, can I transfer to another course in the future?

Course sessions are deliberately spaced to provide the best learning experience. For that reason, if you drop out part way through a course, we would ask you to start afresh on a new course if you wanted to complete your training. Members can transfer a portion of their fee onto a future course to offset the costs - find out more about membership here

If you've still got questions or would like an informal chat, get in touch with our Training Manager, Elisabeth Brierley, who will be happy to help, either via email or on 07805 454563.

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