School of Music
The School of Music brings together internationally acclaimed scholars, composers and performers, to set the highest standards in music research. In 2001 Bretton Hall College was merged with the existing Department of Music to become part of the University 's School of Music, one of the largest academic departments of its kind in the country. The School recently moved to new purpose-built premises at the heart of the Leeds campus.
The Brotherton Library has a fine music collection. The School itself holds a reference library of scores and recordings, including the Pasco Clark Collection of Opera Vocal Scores. The British Library lending division is also nearby in Boston Spa.
The School has its own teaching spaces and practice rooms. There is a postgraduate room and plentiful computer facilities including a Sibelius music processor. The School's active research in the field of music technology and electro-acoustic composition ensures that it has an excellent up-to-date electronics studio. Leeds has a thriving cultural and music scene.
The University offers a number of scholarships, which are augmented by departmental awards including the Stanley Burton Scholarship (for PhD study, offering fees paid + £6,500 maintenance grant) and a number of other scholarships for both research and taught courses.
What you study
This 180-credit programme aims to provide training and a broad foundation in independent academic study at postgraduate level as well as requiring specialisation in composition. Submission of a portfolio of compositions which may include acoustic and electro-acoustic compositions is a compulsory element within the course. The programme also includes study of some of the following: advanced arrangement and orchestration, vocational music, multimedia/collaborative works and a two week take-away paper.
On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:
Compose to an advanced standard for a variety of musical media and show an awareness of stylistic trends as appropriate to specific genres.
Adapt a range of presentational skills appropriate to their own compositional practice
Demonstrate an understanding of the composer-performer relationship in terms of practicality.
Manage long-term musical thought in original patterns and form-building
Engage with wider analytical and aesthetical positions regarding composition
Interact creatively with original musical material in terms of its detail and development