I'm wondering if there's a particular abreviated form that is more likely to be used than any others in conversation: The RAM, The Academy, The Royal Academy?
And also whether that might be different depending on whether the speaker is:
an insider (lecturer, student, guest)
unaffiliated but knowledgable about music
an affiliate of a rival school, say the Royal College of Music
or generally unknowledgable about music.
I guess there might be variations depending on other contextual cues as well, or even no particular convention. Please educate me!
I've looked at the official website, and googled variations of "RAM" and "referring to Royal Academy of Music in conversation" as well as "Rivalry between RAM and RCM", all of which offer a number of possibilities, but the kicker is that there are often forms that appear legitimately in print that wouldn't be spoken.
ETA: I had quite blithely been assuming that "RAM" would be pronounced as "R-A-M", but it occurs to me to seek confirmation that it would not, in fact, be said as "ram"?