Music MMus-PgDip (Performance Studies)

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements - Admission is available to honours graduates in Music and holders of graduate diplomas in Music. - We may also consider your application if you lack formal admission qualifications but are able to demonstrate equivalent achievement and knowledge.
  • Academic title
    Music MMus/PgDip (Performance Studies)
  • Course description

    Complete and submit the MMus Music
    Application Form citing two referees. You
    should enclose:

    i) An example of a completed piece of
    written work on a musical topic.

    ii) Audition fee of ?20 (cheques made
    payable to the University of
    Huddersfield HEC).

    iii) Details of programme for audition.
    If shortlisted you will be called for a
    formal audition and required to perform a
    varied programme about 20 minutes
    in length.


    In common with the University's undergraduate courses, our postgraduate programmes aim to
    combine 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, our high academic requirements distinguish these 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, we seek to capitalise on
    the best features of both.

    Course Structure

    This is a course that presents modules in performance (30 per cent) and performance-centred
    musicology (70 per cent). It consists of:
    Performance Lessons (11 hours teaching)
    Performance Studies
    A series of fortnightly seminars covering a wide range of Performance topics such as:
    - Historically Orientated Performance
    - The Role of Analysis
    - Evaluating Performance
    - The Performance Text
    - Performing Contemporary Music
    - Preparing for Performance
    - Performance Platform


    Performance case studies - areas you can study include:
    -The Text of Music
    - Performance Practice and Technique
    - Instrumental Sonorities, both original
    and modern
    -The Work's Transmission and Performance
    History since Composition
    - Interpretative Issues
    - Contextual Issues
    - Dissertation or Lecture Recital
    - Academic Study - all students are required to
    take two lecture/seminar based modules:
    - Postgraduate Study Skills
    - Issues in Musical Thought and Practice Today

    Teaching and Assessment

    You will prepare one 20-minute recital in May related in content to work in the Performance Case
    Studies and/or Dissertation.
    - Performance Case Studies: either two case studies, each 3,500 words, or one of 7,000 words.
    - Performance Studies: coursework of 6,000-7,000 words.
    - Either a Dissertation of 15,000 words on an approved topic linked to one of the categories listed in
    Performance Case Studies or a Lecture Recital of 60 minutes (in which practical performance lasts no
    more that 20 minutes).

    Other Information

    Research Environment

    The Music Department offers an outstanding research environment for both music and music
    technology. The Department scored a 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, and all full-time
    staff are active researchers, as performers, composers or musicologists. The Creative Arts Building
    (newly completed in 2008) comprises purpose-built facilities, including concert hall, extensive studio
    facilities and sound-proofed rehearsal spaces. The University Library has an impressive range of
    research materials and multimedia resources, and houses special archival collections (including that of
    the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival).
    The School offers bursaries towards the cost of taught MA and MMus courses, which serve as ideal
    preparation for research degrees (MPhil and PhD), which are offered in all disciplines. A number of
    our postgraduates are employed as teaching assistants, providing a useful stepping-stone towards
    an academic career. In addition to subject-specific skills students will develop their intellectual
    self-confidence and capacity for independent study and a portfolio of key skills that distinguishes all
    disciplines in Higher Education

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