Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music has been training musicians to the highest professional standards since its foundation in 1822. As Britain’s senior conservatoire, its impact on musical life, both in the UK and abroad, is inestimable. The music profession is permeated at all levels with Academy alumni, including classical giants Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Harrison Birtwistle and pop stars Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox.

Why study with us?

Every year talented young musicians from over fifty countries come to study at the Academy, attracted by renowned teachers and a rich artistic culture that broadens their musical horizons, develops their professional creativity, and fosters their entrepreneurial spirit. Academy students benefit from an unrivalled calendar of concerts, operas, musical theatre shows and other events, in which they work regularly with leading practitioners. All these facets of Academy life contribute to what The Guardian has recently described as the Academy’s ‘cosmopolitan confidence that is in tune with the global music industry’.

The Academy has always been committed to transporting its musical activities to the widest possible audiences. Academy students perform at leading venues and festivals and collaborate with distinguished partners in high-profile projects. The Academy’s CD label has received critical acclaim for over twenty releases.

The Academy is committed to lifelong learning, ranging from Junior Academy training for musicians up to the age of 18, through many ‘Open Academy’ community music projects, to performances and educational events for all ages.

The Academy’s museum is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of musical instruments and artefacts, including stringed instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri, and members of the Amati family; manuscripts by Purcell, Handel and Vaughan Williams; and an incomparable and growing collection of performing materials that belonged to leading performers.

As the Academy approaches its bicentenary it goes from strength to strength. In the past few years it has been rated the best conservatoire for research, it was the second-highest rated institution in the country for student satisfaction, and The Guardian rated it the best of the country’s specialist institutions and the best place to study music in Britain.

Useful links

Summer programmes 
Open Day(s)

Social media
Facebook: Royal Academy of Music 
Twitter: @RoyalAcadMusic

Contact Office

The Registry


Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road
London NW1 5HT


+44 (0) 20 7873 7393


+44 (0) 20 7873 7394



Number of students

Total 684*
Undergraduate 331 (48%)
Postgraduate 353 (52%)
International 178 (26%)
* including special programmes

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