Masters Popular Music Performance

England & Scotland

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.

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Masters in Popular Music Performance
500
Students
60
Professional Tutors
6
Regional Centres
Online Prospectus

COURSE DETAILS

Course

  • 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

Masters Popular Music Performance

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.
POST GRADUATE 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.

University of West London
London College of Music

Level: 7
Length: 1 year
Fees: £5,995 P/A
Study Locations:
Exeter • Gateshead • Glasgow • Southampton

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a 2:1 in a related undergraduate qualification, plus a successful audition and interview. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.

Progression

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.

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How to Apply
Applications can be made by contacting the centre you wish to study at.
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