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MA Music-MA Popular Music

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  • Objectives
    # The MA aims to develop analytical, critical, evaluative and creative skills appropriate to music teachers, academics and/or performing musicians. It also seeks to instill knowledge and critical understanding from a variety of topical viewpoints in current musicology, education, and/or performance, by students taking an independent and holistic perspective.
  • Entry requirements
    - You should be a professional musician or music teacher, or a graduate seeking a career in music or popular music. - You should have a good Honours degree or equivalent, however applicants with significant relevant work experience and related qualifications are also encouraged to apply. - Graduates from other disciplines (eg. arts related) may still be eligible for entry. - Applicants taking the peformance module should be approaching Licentiate Diploma standard on their main instrument. - You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent). - If you are currently employed we request a statement of support from your employer. - Offers are normally made following an Open Day and interview or audition.
  • Academic Title
    MA Music/MA Popular Music
  • Course description
    Summary
    - The MA aims to develop analytical, critical, evaluative and creative skills appropriate to music teachers, academics and/or performing musicians
    - It also seeks to instill knowledge and critical understanding from a variety of topical viewpoints in current musicology, education, and/or performance, by students taking an independent and holistic perspective
    - This is a challenging programme - both musically and intellectually - allowing you to follow a specialist area of expertise in music or popular music
    - There is a Musicology or a Performance pathway and modules are designed flexibly to cater for your area of musical interest
    - You will extend your specialist skills in performance and analysis, develop an awareness of changing trends in performance practice and improve your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice
    - The Music department have staff with extensive experience, excellent reputations in their fields and a strong research portfolio
    - Your learning process will involve seminar discussions, rigorous debate, individual tutorials and feedback - guidance is available in skills such as bibliographic retrieval, précis writing, critical evaluation and formulation of arguments
    - Study areas include 20th Century Music, Music in Education, and The Politics of Song
    - You will be assessed through a variety of methods appropriate to the music/popular music including written assignments, presentations, case studies, portfolio, written examination and performance recital

    Future prospects
    - The course will equip teachers, performers and music graduates with a diverse range of skills and experience to enhance their career prospects
    - You will develop practical, critical, analytical and research skills from studying a broad spectrum of repertoire and literature
    - You will acquire transferable skills relevant for pursuing a research degree and a range of employment opportunities in areas such as performance, administration, publishing and teaching
    - The focus of the degree and the options within it are designed to appeal to students who wish to extend their undergraduate study, possibly with a view to pursuing a research degree at some stage


    Entry requirements
    - You should be a professional musician or music teacher, or a graduate seeking a career in music or popular music
    - You should have a good Honours degree or equivalent, however applicants with significant relevant work experience and related qualifications are also encouraged to apply
    - Graduates from other disciplines (eg. arts related) may still be eligible for entry
    - Applicants taking the peformance module should be approaching Licentiate Diploma standard on their main instrument
    - You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)
    - If you are currently employed we request a statement of support from your employer
    - Offers are normally made following an Open Day and interview or audition

    Typical modules may include
    - Advanced Research Skills
    - Research Seminars
    - Analysis of 20th Century Music
    - Music in Education
    - Performance Studies
    - Project (Solo Recital/Composition/Dissertation)
    - Critical Musicology
    - The Politics of Song
    - Solo Performance

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