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Musician Training (Phase 2)

The aim of the course is to prepare Musicians to join a Regular Army Band by developing the necessary musical, marching ceremonial and administrative skills required within the Corps of Army Music.


On successful completion of training, Musicians will be assigned to a Regular Army Band.

The course, whilst 1-year in length, is Fixed Mastery Variable Timetable (FMVT), allowing more advanced Musicians to complete their training ahead of schedule.

The course is split into 6x modules.

During CAMUS Trade (Phase 2) Training, Musicians will be expected to further their Military skills gained in Soldier Initial (Phase 1) Training.  Training includes:

  • Corps Ethos
  • Military administration
  • Mandatory Annual Training Tests
  • Fitness and sports
  • Adventurous training

Instrumental Lessons

Musicians will receive one-one tuition from Instructors. The training includes:

  • Development of style and technique
  • Comprehension of technical performance issues
  • Recital performances
  • Sight reading

Marching Band

Marching Band is at the core of Military Music and is developed throughout the course.  Musicians will take part in the following:

  • Marching Band drill lessons
  • Ceremonial parades
  • Military and community engagements

Full Band

The wind band provides the framework of the Military band and Full Band performance is developed throughout the course.  Musicians will take part in the following:

  • Full band rehearsals
  • Repertoire development
  • Concerts
  • Ensemble and sectional training

General Musicianship

General Musicianship provides students the underpinning knowledge to be an effective musician. Training includes:

  • Fundamentals of music theory
  • Aural training – individual and choral
  • Error Correction and sight-singing
  • History and development of western music
  • Programme-note writing

Strings and Contemporary Training

For those Musicians that play either a string Instrument or come from a more contemporary background, specialist training is also provided and includes:

  • Orchestral rehearsals
  • Chamber ensemble performances
  • Pop / rock band rehearsals and performances
  • Vocal training


Trainees on the CAMUS phase 2 training course can undertake course work to assist them in gaining external civilian qualifications through CVQO.

The BTEC level 2 and level 3 courses cover areas to related to the work required of a musician in the Army.

CVQO is an education charity and recognises activities and roles carried out within uniformed organisations and Youth Movements.

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