M.Mus Popular Music Performance

This course is currently subject to validation. In affiliation with the London College of Music and University of West London, this qualification has been developed to address the needs of contemporary musicians on a practical, academic and professional basis delivered by highly qualified professionals active in the music industry.

  • Explore in-depth an area of musicianship that interests you
  • Combine practical and academic study with extensive ensemble work and individual tuition
  • Expand and develop your competitive edge
  • Gain academic recognition to explore theories and ideas

For Industry Professionals:
We offer the opportunity to fast-track students with industry experience (10+ years) onto the masters. We map your previous experience against the two years of the foundation degree allowing you to progress straight onto the final year and achieve your masters degree.

How long will it last?

Full time 2 x 12 week semesters
Part-time 3 x 12 week semesters

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a 2:1 in a related undergraduate qualification. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Fast-track option: 10+ years industry experience.

What subjects will I study?

PERFORMANCE PORTFOLIO
Consolidate and build on performance skills with a focus on stylistic interpretation, technique and creativity.

ENSEMBLE AND MUSICAL DIRECTION SKILLS
Rehearse and perform with the aim to develop ensemble skills with an emphasis on musical direction, creative interpretation and technical skill.

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH METHODS
Undertake several tasks related to your discipline, including building a portfolio of work, documentation of research and dissertation proposal or project with an annotated bibliography.

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
Develop an understanding of key critical approaches to the study of popular music through examination of key literature. Study a series of important practitioners, genres and milestones from the landscape of popular music through analysis and critical thinking.

PERFORMANCE PORTFOLIO 2
Building upon the work completed in Performance Portfolio 1, further develop skills as a performer. Key factors include the development and expansion of heightened technical performance ability, alongside interpretative and stylistic traits.

MASTER LEVEL PROJECT
A project or dissertation based around a research question of your choosing that has been developed during the research methods module and through discussion with the module leader.

OPTIONS
Songwriting
Engage in the development, management and execution of a high-quality song portfolio. The material may be in any genre with a final presentation of a portfolio with recordings of your compositions, lead sheets and a written critique.

Music Pedagogy
A placement to participate in learning and teaching activities based within a community music practice with the aim to develop and execute two observed sessions.

Studying at this level will broaden your horizons as a musician and scholar, to support you in a multi-faceted career. This Masters will enable you to explore areas of interest in greater depth, develop new skills and open new avenues of investigation both musically and academically.

Fees & Funding

Course fee subject to validation.

Subject to eligibility you can apply for a student loan to cover fees.

Please visit www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance for more information on student finance.

THIS COURSE IS SUBJECT TO VALIDATION.

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