Outline of Course content
In terms of training, the course operates on a Fixed Mastery, Variable Timetable (FMVT). This means that the length of time a student stays at RMSM depends on his/her ability to meet the various output tests. Furthermore, this course is designed to provide recruits with everything needed to enable them to join a band and be in a position to offer that band an effective contribution immediately.
Training objective 1 - Individual Performance
Individual Training - One- to-one lessons with respective instrumental professor with aim of improving performance skills as an instrumentalist (Primary/Secondary tuition, individual practice and working towards the output practical examination of the Class 3 Trade Employment Qualification (TEQ3).
Collective Training - This is training carried out within the band setting. Foundation Course Band meets on average three times a week. Emphasis on the provision of experience i.e. familiarisation of repertoire/engagement types that musicians are likely to experience in their bands whilst also raising confidence (culminating in performance i.e. summer concerts, end of term review).
General musicianship - Music theory tuition is delivered in preparation for the TEQ3 General Musicianship Examination. This examination is designed to ensure that all trainees leave with a basic knowledge of music theory to underpin their practical skills.
Aural perception training - This is delivered in preparation for the ear test element of the practical TEQ3 Examination. Trainees are taught in small groups. Aural awareness is an extremely important part of their all-round musicianship, particularly when performing in larger ensembles.
Ensembles - Using roulement (visiting) bands, individuals gain valuable experience through performing in smaller ensembles ranging from strings/brass/woodwind through to the more contemporary i.e. pop/rock. Furthermore, choir is programmed once a week and this offers trainees the opportunity to sing in this ensemble (valuable aural training/plus a number of first study vocalists are currently being trained at RMSM).
Band studies - These are modules that are designed to prepare trainees for a variety of subjects in preparation for the TEQ3 examination and band life. Subjects covered include: Music Appreciation i.e. historical context for programme note preparation, practice technique, performance psychology, engagement understanding, practice technique and Corps Ethos. In addition, a number of modules are put in place merely to assist trainees in other aspects of life. These subjects include: financial awareness, assignment lecture i.e. information on the various bands of the corps and where one can expect to serve and Whole Life Development.
Performance experience - This is to give trainees the opportunity to present a subject of their choice (on an individual or group basis) to a live audience. The purpose of this period is to build confidence and develop stagecraft.
Instrument cleaning - Learn how to care for and maintain personal instruments.
Training objective 2 - Marching Band
To prepare individuals for what will form a large part of their band life through both individual and collective instruction. Instruction ranges from functional i.e. parade work to entertainment i.e. display work (again, culminating in a passing out parade at the end of each term).
Physical Training/Military Training - ranging from weapon training to crime prevention briefs/social events/evening study periods for aural study/general musicianship work/insurance briefs/welfare.