Music MMus (Contemporary Music Performance)

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements -Admission is available to honours graduates in Music and holders of graduate diplomas in Music. -If you lack formal admission qualifications you may also be considered if you are able to demonstrate equivalent achievement and knowledge. The standard of instrumental or vocal performance expected at interview will be that of the LRSM Performers’ Diploma. Applications Complete and submit the MMus Music Application Form citing two referees. You should enclose: -an example of a completed piece of written work on a subject relevant to music since c1945 OR an example of a free composition. -audition fee of £20 (cheques made payable to the University of Huddersfield HEC). -details of programme for audition. If shortlisted you will be called for a formal audition and required to perform a programme about 15 minutes in length consisting of at least one major work written since 1945 (a recommended list of repertoire for each instrument is available on request). Non-keyboard applicants should provide their own accompanist. Please get in touch with the MMus Course Leader if this proves difficult.
  • Academic title
    Music MMus (Contemporary Music Performance)
  • Course description

    In common with the University's undergraduate degrees, our postgraduate programmes aim to provide a distinctive integration of creative and analytical study. However, with their highly practical emphasis, they differ from other courses available in the university sector. Traditionally, universities have placed a greater emphasis on the academic aspect of performance with few institutions able to offer either the performing environment or the level of staffing, facilities and equipment available at Huddersfield.

    On the other hand, the high academic requirements distinguish our courses from the postgraduate diplomas offered by the conservatoires which concentrate exclusively on performance to equip students solely for a performance career. In achieving a balance between these two traditions, the University of Huddersfield seeks to capitalise on the best features of both.

    Course Structure
    The course consists of three main elements:

        Practical Instruction consisting of the equivalent of 26 hours of individual tuition. This will be provided by a teacher or teachers relevant to the repertoire being studied and will be managed by the course leader in consultation with the student.
        Academic Study. All students are required to take two lecture/seminar based modules: Postgraduate Study Skills, and Issues in Musical Thought and Practice Today.
        Students also attend a series of fortnightly seminars, Contemporary Music Performance Studies, which cover a wide range of performance topics such as:

    -Analysis and Contemporary Music Performance

    -Issues of Style

    -Working with Electronics

    -Indeterminate Notation

    -Complex Notation

    -Extended Techniques

    Teaching and Assessment

    Students give a solo recital (containing a minimum 80 per cent devoted to music written since 1945) in May and subsequently have the choice between a second solo recital, a lecture recital or a dissertation. As part of the supporting lecture and seminar programme students prepare a folio of five pieces of written work, comprising four essays relating to topics explored in seminars (1,000 words each) and one commentary related to the repertoire they are working on (2,000 words).

    Other Information

    In addition to the tuition offered as part of the course, students will have many opportunities to further their performing experience and understanding of contemporary music through:

    Collaborations with postgraduate composers.

    Workshops with guest artists/performers.

    Research forums and discussion with a staff team whose research includes composition (with and without electronics); improvised music, multimedia performance; popular music; developing live performance software; experimental and improvised music; composer and performer interactions; analysis of electronic composition; aesthetics of contemporary music.

    The internationally renowned Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

    Regular University concerts and ensembles (including the New Music Ensemble).

    Concerts, seminars and workshops in association with the Society of Music Postgraduates.

    The School offers bursaries towards the cost of taught MA and MMus courses.

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