QUOTE(Youngpianoteacher @ May 15 2012, 07:29 PM)
I am very confused as to which one I should work towards next as part of my professional development. I had thought of doing the LRSM with the Associated Board in performance but If I am good enough, I wonder whether a post graduate course in performance is better...
What are anyone's thoughts? My Main thought is that perhaps from a conservatoire you get more exposure to performance and to other musicians and is possibly better for future opportunities, plus you are then accredited by one of the main conservatoires.
As I say, don't really know, hence the question! lol
I've been reading this thread with interest. The two are just very different entities and give you completely different experiences. Having done LRSM, I am starting MMus at Trinity come September. My choice of taking post grad performance course was to give me more immersion in music generally and also to gain input from a variety of sources on a regular basis. Neither of these qualifications will show that you are a better perfomer - you are only as good as your last performance. I've heard some conservatoire graduates sing and been left less than impressed than other singers who have learnt privately and done diplomas and generally better performers....conversley I have heard the exact opposite too.
My opinion, for what it is worth is that you should choose the route that is more suited to your needs as a performer rather than how you think it will be percieved. Some may suggest that a postgrad dip may help you get your toe in the door better, but who knows!
I got plenty of performance experience through various routes such as amateur groups, and lots of masterclasses, arranging recitals etc., but I'm really looking forward to the experience I hope to gain from MMus - which will be completely different again.
Good luck with decision making.