Why study music at Excelsia?

Why study music at Excelsia?

Excelsia College trains musicians to the highest professional standards. Every year some of the most talented musicians come to study here, attracted by renowned academics, and a rich holistic culture that broadens musical horizons, advances professional creativity and develops entrepreneurial spirit.

What strand options are available?

We have three strand options on offer. Each are available to deepen and broaden your musical experience in your specialised area:

This course provides musicians with the high-level training in performance, musicianship, ensemble work, musicality and breadth of musical knowledge required for a life in classical music. Students are exposed to a wide range of music across history as well as one-on-one tuition with exceptional tutors on their instrument.

This course prepares musicians for a career in the ever-changing world of contemporary music. Artistic, technical, practical and musicianship skills are honed to create a well-rounded musician prepared for the diverse work lives led by industry professionals.

This course offers multiple experiences in improvisation, ensemble work, arrangement and performance designed to prepare students for the highly skilled world of jazz musicianship. Students are encouraged to partake in multiple performance opportunities and workshops to help them think on their feet and engage with the jazz ethos.

This degree offers a broad and diverse learning experience in line with the kinds of skills and entrepreneurship required of 21st century musicians. To help you make informed decisions about your next steps, we asked our Music Program Director Dr Christine Carroll to list five reasons to study music at Excelsia:

  1. Our degree produces performing artists who have both high-quality performance skills, and a strong core sense of identity as performing artists. This kind of resilience is needed to navigate life in the arts after college.
  2. Our degree offers specialisation in both a first and second instrument OR specialisations in both classical and contemporary performance on the same instrument (including voice).
  3. Our degree offers a range of both large and small ensemble experience which ensures again skill diversity necessary for work in performance and in community music settings.
  4. Our degree is delivered by a caring team of professional musicians who currently work in a broad range of music industry settings.
  5. Our degree enables learning of both traditional content (theory and aural, history, conducting) and newer live and digital production content including songwriting. This ensures our students have a good foundation for all future career paths including performance and song production, as well as postgraduate study in a range of related fields including teaching.

Career pathways:

  1. Performing artist including singer and songwriter
  2. Session musician
  3. Studio Instrumental or vocal coach
  4. Music Producer
  5. Music Arranger
  6. Conductor
  7. Music Director for theatre or community music ensembles
  8. Accompanist
  9. School Music Teacher

Excelsia College will be running their very virtual Open Day on Saturday 29 August. If you would like to hear more from Dr Christine Carroll about where a Bachelor of Music degree at Excelsia can take you, register your interest below.