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  • Course description
    The MA in Music since 1900 is built upon Hope’s long-standing involvement with and commitment to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is taught flexibly, in both evening slots and tutorial sessions which may be arranged to suit individual needs. In addition to the strength of Hope’s music staff in this area of study, the University enjoys a unique relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10. As a composer, you will be able to have your work played and discussed by members of the orchestra; as a performer, you can take part in masterclasses and receive tuition from RLPO members; and a full programme of new music events, given by Ensemble 10/10, takes place in Hope’s Cornerstone building, the home of the Music Department.

    Study Details/Module Information
    The taught phase of the course (120 credits) includes 30 credit modules in both popular and classical music, composition and performance. All students follow a compulsory 30 credit module, Issues in Music since 1900. The final project (60 credits) can be either a dissertation (c. 10,000 words) or a composition folio. Teaching takes place in small classes with an emphasis upon seminar discussion.

    Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including presentations, essays, folio (composition) and recital (performance).
    Research Environment
    Music since 1900 is a  particular area of research strength at Liverpool Hope University. Professor Stephen Pratt, who leads the course, is an established composer, conductor and broadcaster. Professor Joanna MacGregor is an internationally-acclaimed pianist, composer and musical innovator who has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Dr. Michael Brocken is one of the country’s leading specialists in Popular Music Studies, and his wide range of publications include books on the Folk Music Revival in Britain and Burt Bacharach. Robin Hartwell is a composer and writer on music with a special interest in music in film and the music of Stockhausen.

    There is an active programme of research seminars and lectures which all students are encouraged to attend. In addition to the major partnership with the RLPO, the annual Cornerstone Festival brings a particular focus on new music with a range of concerts, workshops and talks by composers and performers.

    Career Opportunities
    Students who have completed the MA in Music since 1900 have progressed to study for higher research degrees (such as M.Phil. and Ph.D) both at Hope and at other UK universities. Some have continued to work professionally in the field of musical composition and performance, or musical administration, and the degree has been particularly popular with teachers who have wished to develop their knowledge and skills in areas of post 1900 music.

    Key Information Award: MA in Music Since 1900
    Mode of Study: Full-time and part-time
    Duration: Normally 12–15 months (full-time); 24–36 months (part-time)
    Study Pattern: September start, but exceptional students may start in January. Taught sessions are held mainly in the evenings.

    Entry Criteria:
    • Normally a good Honours degree

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