Delivered through one-to-one tuition and seminar/workshop sessions, the Folk course is taught by acclaimed artists and academics. Students will learn to master stylistic and technical complexities associated with creative performance at the highest level, as well as apply theory and explore contextual studies that enhance their musicianship. Different folk styles will be explored, alongside global traditions and ethnomusicology, and students will be encouraged to form and join innovative ensembles, build their own repertoire and perform within the regional, national and international music community. Additional business and professional skills are embedded throughout. Folk origins: As a performer, composer, or both, you will explore folk music from its origins in the oral tradition and its interpretation through different cultures and musicians. You’ll discover the different functions of folk music and how traditions have evolved in different communities and nations, and how those traditions have been preserved. Experiment and innovate: From this grounding in folk and traditional music, you will experiment with other genres and cultural identities, forming and joining innovative ensembles, building your repertoire in performance or composition. Your experiences in Folk and Classical will give you the chance to develop new sounds and new ideas. A culture of collaboration: You’ll play with folk and traditional and musicians from all backgrounds, from raw talent to polished, from progressive to purist. You’ll benefit from working alongside students from other pathways, collaborating with producers, sound engineers, arrangers, composers and entrepreneurs on your own independent projects. Perform: Students play a vital part in the concert season, with many of the conservatoire’s ensembles appearing in an eclectic programme that encompasses jazz, classical, contemporary. Folk and traditional music, orchestral, choral and big band concerts and small ensemble and solo recitals. The concert season allows students to rub shoulders with global names through showcasing the work of graduates and alumni alongside emerging and international artists.