HC Deb 04 July 1995 vol 263 cc182-3W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what areas are covered by those taking courses in higher music training; and what is the average length of each course. [32218]

Mr. Soames

Details of the content and length of higher music training courses provided by the three services are as follows:

  • Royal Marines:
  • (1) Bugler 1 course
  • Duration: Five weeks—includes one week of examinations.
  • Content: Elements-to grade 8, aural and conducting.
  • (2) Musician 1 course
  • Duration: Eight weeks—includes one week of examinations.
  • Contents: Elements—to grade 8, conducting, history, harmony to GCSE standards, aural, scoring, course projects and viva voce—all subject matter covered on the course.
  • (3) Bandmaster course
  • Duration: 52 weeks.
  • Contents: Aural—minimum A-level standard to degree level, vocationally related, harmony and composition, scoring, history 183 and analysis, bandmastership, elements—to advanced degree level, extended composition, conducting and viva voce.
  • (4) Foreign and Commonwealth students course
  • Duration: 10 weeks—includes one week of examinations.
  • Content: As for the standard musician 1 course.
  • Army
  • (1) Band sergeants course
  • Duration: From 14 weeks to 44 weeks depending on individual's music ability.
  • Content: Instrumental skills, aural, perception (introductory); musical theory techniques; orchestration techniques (introductory); band ceremonial drill.
  • (2) Band sergeant majors course
  • Duration: Four weeks.
  • Content: Perform as an accomplished instrumentalist; carry out supervisory management; carry out band administration; learn to conduct ensembles.
  • (3) Bandmasters course
  • Duration: Three years.
  • Content: Instruction in instrumental studies; advanced orchestration; advanced history of music; direct a marching band; conduct various ensembles; compositional techniques; keyboard harmony; advanced aural perception; direct church music; present a concert; administer a band.
  • (4) Passed school of music
  • Duration: Five weeks.
  • Content: Demonstrate aural perception, arrange for small orchestra; arrange for any prescribed ensemble; present a tattoo project; demonstrate general musical/administrative knowledge.
  • Royal Air Force
  • RAF music services offer a part-time based course which divided into five graded levels by rank and each module consists of the following subject areas: drill; instrumental performance; aural studies; orchestration; harmony and counterpoint; history and conducting.

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