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The Music Education MA will introduce students to research and research-informed practice at the forefront of music education. The programme will provide tools for interrogating musical and educational assumptions, values and practices. Read more
The Music Education MA will introduce students to research and research-informed practice at the forefront of music education. The programme will provide tools for interrogating musical and educational assumptions, values and practices. It will help students to expand their understanding of effective music teaching, evaluation and assessment across the lifespan.

Degree information

Undertaking the Music Education MA programme will allow students to develop their critical thinking and ability to interrogate current educational research, literature and practice in the overarching fields of music and music education. They will also have the opportunity to pursue specialist lines of enquiry that are related to their own professional and/or academic interests, working alongside prominent academics in the field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), and either two optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits), or three optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core modules - the two core modules are founded on three strands in the study of music education: philosophy, psychology and sociology. These include historically-significant and cutting-edge contemporary approaches, theories and philosophies across a wide range of topics.
-Disciplines of Music and Music Education Part I
-Disciplines of Music and Music Education Part II

Optional modules - the Critical Studies in Music Pedagogy and Practice module examines past and present music education research and practice across a range of social and cultural contexts. Music Technology in Education provides students with opportunities to engage with published commentary and also develop practical skills. Choral Conducting, Leadership and Communication develops the skills of effective choral conducting and rehearsing in educational contexts. Students choose from a range including:
-Critical Studies Music and Music Education
-Choral Conducting Leadership and Communication
-Music Technology in Education

Please note: at the programme leader's discretion, a student might be able to import a maximum of 60 credits.

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a 20,000-word dissertation or 10,000-word report.

Teaching and learning
The main mode of delivery is through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. There are ten-week lecture courses for the two core modules, and also for Critical Studies in Music Pedagogy and Practice (optional module), with sessions held in the evenings at the UCL Institute of Education. However, the Choral Conducting Leadership and Communication optional module takes place over five full days at the UCL Institute, as well as through additional student-led sessions. Students are also required to engage actively with UCL's online learning environments across the programme. The Music Technology in Education optional module is delivered online. All students are entitled to face-to-face tutorials with their allocated tutors.

Assessment is predominantly through a written assignment for each taught module.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working as:
-Advocates for the arts.
-Arts, health and wellbeing therapists.
-Composers.
-Doctoral and post-doctoral researchers.
-Freelance music teachers.
-Further Education lecturers.
-Music education hub managers.
-Music teachers in primary and secondary schools.
-Performers.
-Primary music co-ordinators.
-Producers.
-University lecturers.

Top career destinations for this degree
-Primary School Class Teacher (Music), Starks Field Primary School.
-Secondary School Teacher (Head of Music Department), Pimlico Academy.
-Secondary School Teacher (Music), Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls.
-Secondary School Teacher (Music), Old Palace of John Whitgift School.
-PGCE Secondary Teaching (Music), Middlesex University.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Music Education MA at UCL is the only postgraduate programme of its type in the UK, and one of the largest recruiting in the world, that is dedicated to music education.

The programme is taught by leading academics with current and extensive expertise in externally-funded research. Research and publications from our lecturers has significant impact on educational policy and practice both in the UK and internationally. This informs learning and teaching on the programme whilst fostering the development of a research-based culture. Many of our students pursue further study at doctoral and post-doctoral level.

Our programme meets the needs of a wide range of professionals from across the international communities of music and music education. Our alumni have been and continue to be leading figures in education worldwide.

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The flexible modular structure of our taught MA programme allows students to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music. Read more
The flexible modular structure of our taught MA programme allows students to focus on a chosen area of specialism but simultaneously facilitates exploration of a wide range of research areas relating to music. It will provide an excellent foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at doctoral level, but will also benefit the professional development of musicians intending to pursue careers in teaching, arts administration, broadcasting, and other domains.

Students on the Taught MA programme join a vibrant international postgraduate community and study with scholars, composers, and performers who have achieved international recognition in their fields. The Music Department has been ranked in the top three music departments nationally in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and the Complete University Guide 2016.

The MA Music programme will normally facilitate study of the following areas of specialism:
-Musicology
-Ethnomusicology
-Composition (acoustic and electro-acoustic)
-Performance

In addition, other options typically available have included:
-British Music
-Indian Music
-Music, Mind, and Culture
-World Music Analysis
-Audiovisual Documentation and Analysis
-Choral conducting (with special focus on Anglican church music)

Programme structure

Students will choose modules from sections A, B, C, and D below:

A. Major project, weighted at 60 credits (a dissertation, a public recital, or a portfolio of compositions/orchestrations and arrangements – depending on your chosen area of specialism)

B. A 30-credit module linked to your chosen area of specialism

C. Two compulsory core 30-credit modules embedding research training and engaging with major intellectual issues attendant on all subject areas

D. An additional 30 credits of Music undergraduate modules/selected undergraduate OR postgraduate modules offered by another department OR another related specialism-specific module from list B, subject to approval of the Board of Studies in Music.

Example: MA with specialism in Musicology

A. A 12,000-word dissertation on a musicological topic weighted at 60 credits

B. 30-credit module ‘Contemporary Musicology’

C. Compulsory core 30-credit modules, ‘Core Research Seminars’ and ‘Research Methods and Resources’

D. 30 credits of Music undergraduate modules/selected undergraduate OR postgraduate modules offered by another department OR another related specialism-specific module from list B

Core Modules

-Research Methods and Resources
-Core Research Seminars

And The following specialism-specific modules will be offered every year:
-Contemporary Musicology
-Ethnomusicology in Practice and Theory
-Compositional Techniques
-Music Performance

Optional Modules

Optional modules in previous years have included:
-British Music
-Music Analysis
-Practice and Theory of Choral Conducting
-Advanced Organ Studies
-Electronic Music
-Orchestration and Arranging
-Indian Music
-World Music Analysis
-Music, Mind, and Culture
-Audiovisual Documentation and Analysis

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered through a mixture of seminars, practical sessions and one to one supervision. Seminars provide opportunities for students to discuss and debate particular issues, and to present their own original work, informed by the knowledge that they have gained through independent study outside the programme’s formal contact hours. Practical sessions in areas such as studio or field recording techniques help to prepare students for their own independent work.

All students must undertake an independent project (dissertation,composition portfolio, or performance), which is developed with the help of one-to-one expert supervision. Finally, optional modules can be drawn from the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of Music or of other departments –these free-choice modules may involve other forms of staff-student contact, depending on the subject area. The Department actively promotes interdisciplinary approaches to the study of music and students are encouraged to engage with other disciplines in the humanities and sciences.

The contact hours experienced by each individual student will vary considerably, given a high degree of flexibility in the programme. Students will typically attend between 2 and 4 hours of seminars per week in term time, as well as additional practical sessions as appropriate. Individual supervision of dissertations, performance projects and composition portfolios amounts to an average of 6 hours spread over over the second and third terms.

Outside timetabled contact hours, students are also expected to attend research seminars, both student-led and those involving staff or guest academic speakers (typically 1-2 hrs each week). They must also undertake their own independent study to prepare for their classes and assessments, to broaden their subject knowledge and to prepare their dissertations or portfolios. Students are encouraged, as an integral part of their studies, to take advantage of other opportunities including participating in performance opportunities (including staff-led ensembles) and attending research and composition seminars, some of which are organised in conjunction with university research institutes.

There is a busy programme of musical performance, both within and outside the music department, which complements students’ academic programme by providing opportunities both to listen to and to perform a wide variety of music. The many musical ensembles to which students can contribute includes both independent societies (including orchestras, choirs, opera and musical theatre as well as a Javanese gamelan) and department-run ensembles such as the New Music Ensemble and Korean percussion group.

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MTSU’s School of Music involves graduate music majors from across the nation and abroad in a strong community with tight bonds. Eight Master of Music specializations are offered, but the program is interdisciplinary, with a vocalist in a classroom beside a composer beside a musicologist, etc. Read more
MTSU’s School of Music involves graduate music majors from across the nation and abroad in a strong community with tight bonds. Eight Master of Music specializations are offered, but the program is interdisciplinary, with a vocalist in a classroom beside a composer beside a musicologist, etc. Internationally renowned faculty members perform, compose, teach, conduct, publish, and present their research or music continually, from South Korea to Costa Rica to Rome. A low faculty-to-student ratio enables high-quality personalized instruction and collaboration. Instrumentalists are involved in coaching undergrads from the beginning, and graduate assistants enjoy opportunities reserved for doctoral students at other institutions. Students and faculty benefit from and contribute to Nashville’s nearby music industry and arts scene. Ensembles range from wind bands, orchestras, big bands, choral ensembles, and an opera company to a vocal jazz ensemble, myriad combos and chamber ensembles, an old-time music group, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, and a salsa band. Core classes are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate those who work full-time.

MTSU awards the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with eight specializations offered: collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; and performance.

Career

Alumni from the School of Music teach thousands of students every day in private studios and schools from kindergarten through university levels. MTSU graduates perform in orchestras, military ensembles, and opera companies; appear in clubs and recording studios with the famous and yet-to-be-known; compose music for Hollywood films and commercial jingles; lead professional music organizations; work in the music industry; serve as church musicians; and continually enrich the lives of others. Some continue on to enter prestigious doctoral programs. A sample of potential professional pathways for music master's students:

Accompanist
Actor
Arts manager
Artistic director
Artist relations manager
Band director/leader
Choral/choir director
Church musician/worship leader
College professor/instructor
Composer/arranger/orchestrator
Conductor
Concert promoter
Copyright specialist
Film music director/editor
Film-TV composer
General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
Instrumental performer
Instrument repair specialist
Instrument sales business owner
Music critic/journalist
Music educator
Music librarian
Music publisher/editor
Music software programmer
Music theater director
Musical director
Musicologist
Orchestra librarian
Product specialist
Publicist
Record company manager
Recording technician/engineer/mixer
Salesperson/marketer
Songwriter
Studio musician
Private studio owner/instructor
Talent agent
Tour manager
Vocalist

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Bellevue Middle School
Belmont University
Cane Ridge High School
Case Western Reserve University
Chattanooga Symphony
Cumberland University
The Downtown Band
Earl Klugh (Grammy winner)
EMBRA Artists, LTD.
Fairview Middle School
Jeff Coffin (Grammy winner)
Jonathan Fletcher Music
Lipscomb University
MEINL Percussion
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro City Schools
Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra
Nashville State Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Old Center Elementary School, Nashville
Onks Woodwind Specialist
Siegel Middle School
Trevecca Nazarene University
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
University of Northern Colorado
Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville

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The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. Read more
The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. There are 12 specialist pathways that you can choose from; each includes a range of core and optional taught modules and you will complete the course with a dissertation, recital or composition portfolio.

Pathways

Music MA: British Music Studies pathway
Music MA: Choral Conducting pathway
Music MA: Critical Musicology pathway
Music MA: Early Music pathway
Music MA: Electroacoustic composition/sonic art pathway
Music MA: Global Popular Musics pathway
Music MA: Instrumental/Vocal Composition pathway
Music MA: Mixed Composition pathway
Music MA: Open Pathway with Performance
Music MA: Open Pathway without Performance
Music MA: Performance pathway
Music MA: Performance Practice pathway)

About the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

The School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music brings together a number of internationally renowned departments to offer an extensive portfolio of innovative and interdisciplinary programmes in an exciting and creative environment, underpinned by a vibrant research culture.

We received outstanding results across the School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, with at least 75% of our research judged to be ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ across all subject areas.

The Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies is located in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which houses the Barber Institute gallery and an exceptional Fine Art Library. The Department of Music is based in the Bramall Music Building, with state-of-the-art facilities including the 450-seat Elgar Concert Hall, a suite dedicated to the study and performance of early music, five electroacoustic studios and a large rehearsal room. We also have one of the best music libraries in the country, with special collections including materials on 20th-century English music, Baroque music and an extensive microfilm collection.

In addition to housing one of the UK’s largest groups of internationally renowned researchers in the national cultures of Europe, the Department of Modern Languages also hosts a Language and Media Resource Centre which specifically supports language learning through the latest interactive learning technology. We have a vibrant, international postgraduate community and offer excellent study and research opportunities in a supportive working environment.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The aim of the course is to train musicians in the art of choral conducting; to instruct them in diverse aspects of the history and practice of choral music… Read more
The aim of the course is to train musicians in the art of choral conducting; to instruct them in diverse aspects of the history and practice of choral music; to provide the technical skills required to work with historic repertoires and, for organists, to develop organ playing skills as both soloist and accompanist; to facilitate research into and performance of new or little-known choral repertoire; and to give students the experience of observing and working with the collegiate Chapel choirs.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/mumummchs

Course detail

Graduates will be fully equipped to work as choral conductors, and have a good understanding of the discipline of choral training, relating both to adult and young voices. They will also have acquired a good knowledge of the way choral music works within the liturgy of the church and other historical and technical issues. Graduates will have developed their writing skills as well as their practical skills. They will also have developed specific skills by completing two of three optional tasks: the writing of an extended essay, the editing of early choral music, or a performance in the form of either an organ recital, or continuo performance on organ and harpsichord, or a choral recital conducted by the candidate.

Format

Regular choral conducting tuition in the form of small classes and workshops/masterclasses with choir; seminars; aural classes.

Written feedback is provided for all assessed work. Oral feedback is provided during and after coaching sessions and seminar presentations.

Placements

May be available with college choirs by agreement with the Course Director.

Assessment

- 2 essays (compulsory) - 3,500 words each
- 1 extended essay (optional) - 7,000 words
or
- editing project (optional) - typically the equivalent of a Renaissance mass, plus commentary and editorial notes of 1,000 words

- 1 choral conducting exam (compulsory) - 30 minutes
- 1 choral project, including recital (compulsory) - 25 minutes
- 1 keyboard exam; continuo or recital (optional) - 30 minutes

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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An innovative Masters Degree programme specialising in vocal and choral music, led by the distinguished Royal Wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor intended for composers, musicologists, performers and other interested parties in choral music. Read more
An innovative Masters Degree programme specialising in vocal and choral music, led by the distinguished Royal Wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor intended for composers, musicologists, performers and other interested parties in choral music.

COURSES
Semester 1
Compulsory
Music Research Skills

Optional
Renaisssance Counterpoint
Vocalstration

Semester 2
Music Research Seminar Series

Optional
Words and Music
Contemporary European Opera
Electroacoustic Composition: the Voice and the Machine

Semester 3
Extended Project Module

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Choral Conducting is offered as an MMus or a Postgraduate Diploma programme. - Weekly choral conducting class working with singers. Read more
Choral Conducting is offered as an MMus or a Postgraduate Diploma programme.

Key Features

- Weekly choral conducting class working with singers
- Individual and small group specialist vocal tuition including language classes
- Observation and participation in RWCMD choral rehearsals including College Chorus and Chamber Choir
- Choral repertoire, score preparation and aural skills class
- Observation of conductors within a professional context
- Opportunities to direct RWCMD ensembles, rehearsals and productions
- Opportunities to conduct self-promoted student performances
- Masterclasses with internationally renowned choral directors

Key Features of all Postgraduate Programmes

- Training in career development, self-promotion, event management and sustainable technique
- International masterclass series
- Fully integrated performance programme by international artists
- Performance Practice training supported by seminars, tutorials and symposia
- Training in performance analysis and presentation (MMus only)
- Advanced research and specialist performance analysis training (MMus only)
- Established work placement schemes
- Optional training in advanced teaching skills and arts management
- Opportunities to study abroad at a partner conservatoire

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The School of Music offers master of music degrees in the following areas. Choral conducting. Composition. Composition with an emphasis in arranging. Read more
The School of Music offers master of music degrees in the following areas:

Choral conducting
Composition
Composition with an emphasis in arranging
Musicology
Organ performance with an emphasis in church music
Performance (concentrations in piano, organ, organ with church music emphasis, voice and individual orchestral instruments)
Performance (woodwind option)
Piano accompanying
Theory
Wind conducting

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An MMus postgraduate qualification from Birmingham Conservatoire specialising in any kind of performance (Classical or Jazz), conducting, composition or music technology will naturally allow you to take your skills in that area to a higher level. Read more
An MMus postgraduate qualification from Birmingham Conservatoire specialising in any kind of performance (Classical or Jazz), conducting, composition or music technology will naturally allow you to take your skills in that area to a higher level. At the same time, it will offer you an opportunity to broaden your experience and thus prepare you for a career in the music profession. The MMus is part of an impressive programme of postgraduate courses at this leading national Conservatoire, and the course is offered in all of the following specialist study areas:

Composition
Conducting (choral or orchestral)
Instrumental Performance
Jazz (performance or composition)
Music Technology
Orchestral Performance
Vocal Performance

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The PgDip is available in the following specialised study areas. Instrumental Performance. Conducting (Choral or Orchestral). Composition. Read more
The PgDip is available in the following specialised study areas:

Instrumental Performance
Conducting (Choral or Orchestral)
Composition
Jazz
Vocal Performance
Music Technology
Orchestral Performance (strings)

Weekly individual specialist tuition is supported by a programme of group activities. Practical study is complemented by relevant academic modules and a Professional Portfolio module.

A postgraduate qualification from Birmingham Conservatoire specialising in any kind of performance (Classical or Jazz), conducting, composition or music technology will naturally allow you to take your skills in that area to a higher level. At the same time, it will offer you an opportunity to broaden your experience and thus prepare you for a career in the music profession.

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About the course. -Deepen your understanding of the theoretical and contextual issues related to music teaching and evaluate aspects of your practice. Read more
About the course:
-Deepen your understanding of the theoretical and contextual issues related to music teaching and evaluate aspects of your practice
-Benefit from a wide choice of modules that explore education, as well as specifically musical interests
-Modules include choral education, music technology and musical cognition
-Based in our purpose-built Music Education Department
-Designed to be flexible

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

Sample modules:
-Values and practices in education
-Investigating education
-Musical development, appraisal and assessment
-Musical leadership in school and community
-Improving teaching and learning

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

WHAT CAREER CAN YOU HAVE?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.

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