Royal Academy of Music



This Scholarship is for Graduate Study in any subject at Masters level at the Royal Academy of Music and will be for up to two years. If awarded a Royal Academy of Music Marshall Scholarship candidates would be expected to study at the Royal Academy of Music.

The distinctive nature of the Academy is articulated in its Mission’s bold statement of institutional purpose and focus: ‘To provide pre-professional undergraduate and postgraduate musical training of the highest international standards; to engage in concert, operatic and research activities related to the education of the institution; to create and perform new music; and to preserve and enrich international musical culture. The Academy aims to produce musicians at the highest level as soloists, orchestral and chamber players, singers and composers, with a knowledge of the whole art of music, its performance, history, theory and understanding of its context within the humanities’.

The Academy enjoys a highly enviable location alongside Regent's Park in central London. A major new extension into the neighbouring Nash-designed York Gate building includes a custom-designed 150-seat recital hall. The York Gate Collections, an internationally-significant museum housing a broad selection of exhibits from the Academy's superb archives, are open free of charge seven days a week. On display in the Collections, many of them for the first time, are a unique collection of stringed instruments by the greatest Italian makers including the 'Archinto' viola by Stradivari, a floor of English pianos tracing technical developments during the first half of the 19th century, and items from the working collections of eminent musicians and from the history of the Academy.

The Academy offers the following programmes of study:

  • Professional Diploma: one calendar year
  • Master of Arts in Performance (MA): one or two calendar years
  • Master of Music in Performance (MMus): normally two calendar years
  • Master of Music in Composition (MMus): normally two calendar years
  • Advanced Diploma in Performance (MA): one calendar year
  • Advanced Diploma in Opera Performance: two calendar years
  • Master of Music in Musical Theatre (MA): normally one academic year
  • Research degrees in Composition or in Performance Practice (MPhil and PhD): normally three academic years
  • Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM)

All the postgraduate programmes are designed to equip students for the competitiveness of the music profession, and to allow them to exert their creative leadership to the full. The Academy's postgraduate programmes offer a flexible and co-ordinated scheme of awards, from explicitly professional preparation in the MA, through different levels of critical engagement, to doctoral studies. The LRAM provides the opportunity for internal students at the Royal Academy of Music to acquire, and have recognised, a set of occupationally relevant skills in one-to-one music teaching in the student's Principal Study field. The Diploma gives students a solid foundational knowledge of the principles of education together with practical skills in teaching an instrument, voice or composition to children or adults within the context of individual or group tuition.

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Winners of the Royal Academy of Music Marshall Scholarship


Madalyn Parnas
US University: Indiana University

At 20, violinist Madalyn Parnas has performed fifty times as soloist with orchestra, concertized with Peter Serkin, and earned enthusiastic reviews in the New York Times. With sister Cicely, as duo parnas, she earned 1st prize in international competition at Carnegie Hall. The duo records on the Sheffield Lab label. An Artist Diploma student of Jaime Laredo at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Madalyn will begin her studies at London's Royal Academy of Music this fall as a Marshall Scholar. She completed her undergraduate degree in Music Industry and French at The College of Saint Rose, graduating summa cum laude.


Dorian Bandy
US University: Cornell University

DorianBandyLos Angeles native and Cornell University-trained musicologist Dorian Komanoff Bandy has performed across the United States and Europe as a conductor, baroque violinist and violist, harpsichordist, organist and fortepianist. Dorian's research interests are broad, and include historical performing practices of 17th- and 18th-century music, Mozart's operas, baroque acting techniques, literature of Germany's "Sturm und Drang" period, 20th-century American verse, linguistics, Classics, postmodernism and chess. Conducting credits with his New York-based baroque orchestra Les Petits Violons include operas of Mozart, Handel, Purcell and Rousseau, as well as orchestral works of the high Baroque. He is the 2009-2010 Cornell Undergraduate Artist of the Year, and two-time recipient of the Adelson Award for Excellence in Music.