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Royal Military School of Music

The Royal Military School of Music is the single point of music training for the Corps of Army Music and Army Reserve Band musicians.

The home of the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM) is Kneller Hall, Twickenham and is co-located with the Headquarters, Corps of Army Music (CAMUS).

It is the single point of music training for the Corps of Army Music and Army Reserve Band musicians. The School was founded by His Royal Highness Field Marshal the Duke of Cambridge, soon after his appointment as Commander in Chief in 1857, when the first class of military musicians was formed; a 'Class of Music'.

The establishment was graciously retitled as The Royal Military School of Music in the Golden Jubilee year of Her Majesty Queen Victoria in 1887. A plaque to commemorate the Centenary of the School's opening was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957.

Phase 2 Training

The Phase 2 musicians’ course provides Phase 2 training for all soldiers joining the Corps of Army Music and is undertaken after completion of Phase 1 military training. The length of this training varies according to the standard of musicianship on entry, running from 11 to 44 working weeks. It is designed to allow musicians to fulfil their potential early with a view to passing mandatory tests for assignment to a band as soon as possible. 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 and covers the following areas

• Instrumental lessons

• Marching band

• Full band

• General musicianship

• Strings and Contemporary training

Phase 3 Courses

Career development courses for trained musicians within the bands to assist in progressing their careers. This includes Command Leadership and Management Courses and the new Musical Direction courses. Tuition is delivered by some of Britain's leading instrumental and academic professors, many of whom play in leading symphony orchestras or teach in the London music colleges. The RMSM provides, therefore, strong contemporary links with the world of civilian professional music. Military training and supervision is provided by the best instructors and staff from within the Corps of Army Music and the wider Army.

The Musical Direction Course

The aim of the course is to prepare Students for the appointment of Bandmaster, developing command, musical and administrative skills, whilst providing a knowledge of the role of Military Music in support of Defence and National Interests. On successful completion of the Music Direction Course, students will be equipped to conduct, train and manage a Regular Army Band. Upon completion of the course successful students will be assigned back to Regular Army Bands. The course is 1 year in length and is split into 6 modules.

• Music direction

• Orchestration

• Harmony

• History and analysis

• Teacher training

• Military band studies


Army Reserve

Opportunities exist for Army Reserve (AR) personnel to complete individual Career Employment Qualifications or experience collective training for several AR bands throughout the year.