The University of Plymouth has struck up a major partnership that will see some of the military’s most talented musicians studying under its banner.
The University’s School of Humanities and Performing Arts has signed an agreement with the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM) meaning the BMus (Hons) Degree course delivered alongside the practical and academic music training to Royal Marines musicians will be awarded and accredited in Plymouth.
It is another feather in the cap for the University, which already has a number of military tie-ups across a range of faculties.
The RMSoM, based at HMS NELSON in Portsmouth, trains musicians for the Royal Marines Band Service (RMBS) covering a range of duties including musical ceremonies for the UK both at home and abroad.
The new partnership means students from the RMBS will enrol with the University of Plymouth and have access to resources available at the city campus and online. Academic staff will act in an advisory role to the students, and their assessments will be ratified through a panel linked to the School of Humanities and Performing Arts.
It is also hoped the Arts Institute, which coordinates the University’s music events programme, will benefit from the new partnership.