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This course is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generation of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. Read more

This course is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generation of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. All teaching staff on the course are currently working in the music industry, and every week there are a number of high-level industry guests. You will need to be a self-motivated and open-minded student, as this is an intense course, but one which can help you to progress your career across a wide range of music business disciplines.

Working with music industry leaders and organisations, the course has developed a unique curriculum. You will be able to combine a strong underpinning of key business skills (entrepreneurialism, leadership, organisational management, and marketing with essential music industry management knowledge (strategic innovation technology, intellectual property and copyright) and academic concepts and theories relevant to the industry today.

Formal teaching is conducted through sessions which each include a formal lecture, industry guest speaker and seminar exercises. Each of the six modules has a minimum of two assignments. The final project (equivalent to three modules) is a report of a minimum of 12,000 words.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Industry links

The course is globally recognised and industry leaders are weekly guests to the Central London Cavendish teaching campus for guest speaking , Q&A sessions and networking with students . Furthermore , our alumni are working across the international music industry on all continents, in areas of the industry ranging from music companies to live music and publishing , artist management to tech start up, with a wide variety of companies and organisations, large and small, including:

  • Apple
  • Spotify
  • Sony Music
  • Universal
  • Sony ATV Publishing
  • Kobalt
  • Shazam
  • Pledge Music
  • 365 Management
  • Cooking Vinyl
  • Outdustry –China
  • Tileyard
  • East City Management
  • Robomagic
  • Hypesong
  • Warners
  • Ministry of Sound
  • Machine Management
  • Universal Music Publishing
  • Kilimanjaro,
  • Platinum Rye

Graduate employment

Course graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of creative industries, from mobile marketing through to the Arts Council. Many of our graduates are working in the music industry, with companies including Apple , Spotify Universal, Sony Music ,  Pledge Music , Kobalt , Shazam and  PIAS. Our international students are working around the globe in music and music –tech related companies, including EMI Holland , PIAS European office and Outdustry in mainland  China .

Today's music industry organisations need graduates with both strong degrees and skills relevant to the workplace. The MA Music Business Management course is committed to developing employable graduates by ensuring that:

  • Career development skills are embedded in the course
  • Opportunities for internships, placements and work-related learning activities are available to students
  • Our staff links with employers in all areas of the music industry and their willingness to come to the university and give guest talks , enables students to network with potential employers in class and in social situations to make important contacts and strengthen their employability skills.
  • Alumni keep in close contact with the course , often returning to deliver guest speeches  and meet and network with students. This strong “community of learning” assists with recruitment and internship opportunities.


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The MA Classical Music Business at Middlesex is unique. In addition to its distinct content and specialised teaching, this programme will give you the opportunity take up placements within any classical music organisation, anywhere in the UK, Europe, and other parts of the world. Read more

The MA Classical Music Business at Middlesex is unique. In addition to its distinct content and specialised teaching, this programme will give you the opportunity take up placements within any classical music organisation, anywhere in the UK, Europe, and other parts of the world.

As Middlesex is based in London, the centre of classical music activity in the UK, we are perfectly placed to attract high calibre speakers as well as introduce you to a wide range of concerts and cultural activities at internationally renowned classical music institutions.  You will examine contemporary issues and practices within the classical music industry and obtain a high level of understanding of how organisations are funded through commercial, public, and philanthropic income. Your work placement will also allow you to explore the practices and required skills of your chosen area within the classical music industry.

Course highlights

  • A work placement forms an integral part of the programme
  • You will benefit from guest talks and other contributions from classical music industry leaders
  • We have strong industry links with a range of organisations including King’s Place, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), the Octagon Music Society, the English Symphony Orchestra, and the London Chamber Music Society


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MA Music Industry Management & Promotion is designed to facilitate the commercial exploitation of music related activities and is suitable both for aspiring music business people and for music creators who wish to manage their own careers. Read more
MA Music Industry Management & Promotion is designed to facilitate the commercial exploitation of music related activities and is suitable both for aspiring music business people and for music creators who wish to manage their own careers. It provides an opportunity to study the music business at postgraduate level and to get real hands-on experience of working within the industry. Students will combine their academic studies with industrial experience, including activities at the Factory 251 venue in Manchester, providing contact with significant industry figures connected with this culturally important company.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The University has established good links with theatres and arts organisations across the North West including the New Continental in Preston, the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, hÅb in Manchester, the Blue Coat Gallery in Liverpool, and LANWest as well as other arts venues in the region. The School has in the past hosted a number of visiting artists and companies of national and international standing.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

All practical classes are delivered in the Media Factory which houses three fully equipped theatres as well as sound recording studios, film and photography studios and a range of music rehearsal rooms and seminar spaces. Lectures take place in purpose built suites which are equipped with digital projection facilities. The programme is taught by professional artists and theatre practitioners who are established leaders in their own field.

It is intrinsic to the course to engage in "real world", professional domain, industrial projects. Some of these activities are initiated by the course tutors however, as part of the curriculum, students are encouraged to identify and develop their own projects that resonate with their individual professional aspirations and career goals. Such activities provide exposure to people and organisations outside the university, hence providing the opportunity to develop extensive networks of contacts and professional relationships that may prove useful on completion of the course.

FURTHER INFORMATION

On this course you will study current practice in the music industry, both in the recording industry and in media and live events. You will consider different business models within the industry and look at the way creative products are marketed and promoted. You will engage with the key issue being confronted by the industry; the impact of new technology and the development of the digital marketplace. You will undertake research into the challenges and opportunities that have arisen as a result of rapid technological change in the creative industries.

The course will also give you the opportunity to engage with music industry practice at a professional level and in industrial context. Working on and contributing to field based commercial projects under the direction of an experienced industrial practitioner will enable you to gain hands on experience of a range of Music Industry activities and develop your practical and interpersonal skills. It will also provide a vantage point for in depth reflection on Music Industry practices and a chance to develop your own commercial, professional and industrial strategies.

One of the significant distinct advantages that distinguishes this course from others is the supported engagement in real world professional activities. On completion of the program each student will have worked on a number of projects affording them important experience of key music business activities and numerous items to add to their portfolio of professional experience.

Tutor initiated projects include the generation, release and promotion of a compilation album, and the construction, management and promotion of live music event activity at Factory251, Manchester. Additional projects and experiential learning opportunities are sourced throughout the program duration.

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The programme will provide you with reflective and research strategies through which you will develop your portfolio as innovators in the field of music production. Read more

The programme will provide you with reflective and research strategies through which you will develop your portfolio as innovators in the field of music production.

Key features of the programme are the provision of:

  • opportunities to explore the interrelationships between knowledge and practice
  • opportunities to place your own music production practice within business, entrepreneurial and critical frameworks
  • opportunities to produce music products, especially in relation to other disciplines and collaboratively with other art forms
  • the opportunity to specialise in an area of study of particular interest to your own practice, with the choice of a practical or written submission
  • opportunities to engage with the contemporary music industry as ‘Thinking Innovators’, capable of shaping its possible futures.

Course structure

The curriculum is uniquely designed to focus on the emerging field of research in the art of music production, and to place your own practice at the heart of your studies. You will be expected to be equally active in the production of music, as the reading and research into the theories and contexts that have shaped the development of the music business and its current crises.

Modules

Critical Perspectives on Music Production

Positioned at the beginning of the MA, this module is designed to provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and musicological heritage that has framed the study of music production. It comprises investigations into concepts that have shaped the study of music production as well as an examination of the epistemological and ideological frameworks that are impacting upon the evolution of these concepts.

Technology & Creativity

This module enables you to develop an understanding of the ways in which the practice of music production is a recent innovation dependent on the development of recording and related technology. You will engage in analysis, debate and research into the development of the technological tools and explore how they have influenced the development of music production practice. You will also explore how the development of the tools has been influenced by the practitioners, the audiences and the institutions of the music industry.

Producing Recorded Music

This module will deepen and broaden your understanding of the theoretical and musicological heritage that has framed the study of music production. In particular, it will provide you with the opportunity to develop, test and apply theoretical models in your own production practice.

The Business of Music Production

This module critiques the ways in which music is bought and sold. You will examine the influences of the audiences and markets on musical features and products. Following this you will identify paradigms and patterns in the commodification of music that have enabled a musical economy to be developed, and which will support the future of music business.

Music Production Project

This module represents your major project on the MA programme, providing an opportunity to develop your own practice and research relating to music production. In this extended period of practice-based research you are expected to synthesise the practical, reflective and conceptual developments in your work over the course of the programme.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.



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The MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship combines traditional business practice with specialised tools, techniques, approaches and case studies unique to the music and entertainment industries. Read more
The MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship combines traditional business practice with specialised tools, techniques, approaches and case studies unique to the music and entertainment industries.

Modules in Creative Music Management, Economics, Lean Business Planning, Marketing, Legal and Business Affairs, Live Event Management and New Media Technology combine generic industry practice with a specialised focus on the music and entertainment industries.

The programme is designed to prepare students for a future as label owners, publishers, managers, promoters, new technology pioneers and creative business specialists and is jointly delivered by UWTSD and Tileyard Studios. Tileyard Studios is the largest professional music community in Europe featuring 82 recording studios and 110 entertainment businesses, based in King’s Cross, London.‌‌‌

Course Overview

The MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship is delivered on the UWTSD London campus and at Tileyard Studios, King’s Cross, London. Tileyard Studios is the largest professional music community in Europe featuring 82 recording studios, 110 entertainment businesses and the new Tileyard Education Centre.

The programme is designed to prepare students for a future as label owners, publishers, managers, promoters, new technology pioneers and creative business specialists. In addition to the UWTSD London Campus facilities and resources, Tileyard Studios provides students with direct access to more than 1000 creative industry entrepreneurs, while developing cutting edge thinking and insight into the management and growth of independent record labels, music publishing, artist management, promotion, marketing and new technology entrepreneurship.

The course provides a critical understanding of music and entertainment management and organisations in a global context both on and offline. The core of the programme focuses on digital and independent entrepreneurial skillsets and practice as well as more traditional business methods within the context of the new mixed media economy. The course consist of six taught modules in Part I and an industry-related major business project in Part II.

Alongside specialised modules in Creative Music Management, Marketing, Live Event Management and New Media Technology, MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship students will develop a major business plan project for presentation to a panel of seed and incubation investors and business angels, curated by Tileyard Studios, seeking to invest in new creative business opportunities and IP.

Students will have access to the new Tileyard Education Centre featuring a professional recording studio, audio-visual tech lab and writing production rooms where they can collaborate with other creative MA students such as Commercial Songwriting and Production.

This industry-centric course also includes regular, large-scale industry networking events, held at Tileyard Studios in partnership with Notting Hill Music and sponsors, an unrivalled masterclass series, a one-to-one electronic mentoring program, work-based learning projects and access to the annual calendar of industry-centric events held on site at Tileyard Studios.

Modules

-Creative Music Management
-Economics, Planning and Finance
-Legal and Business Affairs
-Entertainment Marketing
-New Technology in Music and Creative Entertainment
-Live Music and Event Management
-Creative Business Project

Key Features

-Industry-led, academically robust programme
-Direct involvement and access to industry networks
-One-to-one contact mentoring and supervision
-Co-learning opportunities with other students and creative practitioners to support discussion, sharing of ideas, innovation and practice
-Access to academic and professional facilities and resources

Assessment

The course assessment consist of a range of coursework including portfolios, essay, reports and presentations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MA Music Industry Entrepreneurship can expect to find employment with or set up in business as:
-An independent (or major) record label
-A music publisher
-An artist / composer / songwriter producer manager
-A live agent or agency
-A live music or entertainment promoter
-A live events venue, company, promoter or music / cultural festival organiser
-A creative designer for music and entertainment
-A music marketing consultant or agency
-A music PR consultant or agency
-A new media creative entertainment business, platform, application or online community
-An independent or national TV broadcaster
-An independent or studio film production company
-A games development company
-A music synchronization business
-A creative songwriter / producer / artist brand / entrepreneur
-A lifestyle, entertainment or youth focused brand or agency
-A music and entertainment education practitioner or business
-A music legal, licensing and/or music accounting business
-A music product and merchandise creator, licensor or platform

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The MMus Music will introduce you to the fundamental principles of either research in popular music or composition for film, TV and media. Read more
The MMus Music will introduce you to the fundamental principles of either research in popular music or composition for film, TV and media. It provides unique and creative approaches to musicology and composition, valuing intellectual curiosity, musical diversity and creativity.
The course will help strengthen your ability to utilise independent learning whilst developing original and creative responses to problems and current complex issues. You will have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen pathway in musical study and practice.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.
• Pathway options of MMus Music (Popular Musicology) or MMus Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media)
• You will gain the key skills and expertise to enable you to make an effective contribution to the creative industries

Modules

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Postgraduate Certificate in Music (Popular Musicology)
Core modules are:
Contemporary Musicology: Issues and Analysis
Popular Music: Gender and Sexuality or Music: Politics and Protest

Postgraduate Certificate in Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media)
Core modules are:
Composition techniques for Film, TV and Media
Arranging, Orchestration and Film Scoring

PgDip

Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Popular Musicology)
Core modules are:
Research in Context: External engagement
Contemporary music journalism

You will also choose one of the following option modules:
Highland Voices: Music and Song or Film, TV and Media Musicology

Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media)
Core module is:
Composition in Context: External Engagement
You will also choose two of the following option modules:
Music Business for Film Composers
Film, TV and Media Musicology
Contemporary Post Production Studio Design

MMus

To achieve the award of MMus Music (Popular Musicology) you must complete a dissertation.
For the MMus (Composition for Film, TV and Media) you will complete a major project.

Access routes

BA (Hons) Popular Music
BA (Hons) Music Business
BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering
BA (Hons) Applied Music

Locations

This course is available at Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.
Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.
Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff
The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.
If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

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Combine your knowledge and skills in music with managerial training with this distinctive and diverse degree. Read more

Combine your knowledge and skills in music with managerial training with this distinctive and diverse degree.

Taught by the School of Music and Leeds University Business School, this programme will allow you to specialise in an aspect of music that suits your interests and talents while gaining an insight into the principles and strategies of management across the creative industries. You’ll also study modules designed specifically for this programme which bring music and management together, giving you the chance to connect with professionals in the music industry.

You could specialise in music management and promotion, performance, composition, music psychology, electronic and computer music or source studies while exploring strategic management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Whether you’re looking to launch a management career in the music industry or you want to enhance your skills and promotion prospects, you’ll learn from experts in both subjects to gain the diversity of skills to succeed.

We have a variety of excellent facilities to support your learning, including rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition. We also have good working relationships with a range of prestigious arts organisations: we host BBC Radio 3 concerts, Leeds Lieder and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, as well as enjoying a close partnership with Opera North and many others in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene.

Leeds University Business School is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching and research. It’s among just 1% of institutions offering business degrees to be triple-accredited by the world’s best-known accreditation bodies.

Read more about Leeds University Business School

Course content

The focus of the degree will be a major project: working with a tutor, most of our students devise a music and management project to combine and reflect upon music management theory and practice. This could include, for example, organising an event, acting as a consultant during a work placement you organise, or managing a musical group. Alternatively, you can complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

A core module throughout the year will introduce you to research methods in music, equipping you with the skills to support the rest of your studies. You’ll also choose from optional modules to specialise in one of computer music, aesthetics, musicology, editing, psychology of music, performance, composition, artistic management or live music promotion.

In both semesters you’ll study core modules run by Leeds University Business School. These will introduce you to strategic management, marketing for managers and how businesses in the creative industries are actually run and managed, applying concepts and theories to understand the business models of media companies, as well as the impact of digital technologies and the rise of exciting new markets.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules

  • Creative Industries Management 15 credits
  • Professional Studies 30 credits
  • Music and Management Project 60 credits
  • Live Music Management and Promotion 30 credits

Optional modules

You will choose 15 credits from Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation, and Intellectual Property Management, and complete your enrolment by choosing one module from the list below.

  • Individual Project 30 credits
  • Short Dissertation 30 credits
  • Instrumental or Vocal Recital 30 credits
  • Applied Performance Studies 30 credits
  • Audience Engagement and Impact 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Music and Management MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Music and Management MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Because this programme is so diverse, you’ll come across a range of teaching and learning methods. These will include lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as group learning. You’ll also take instrumental or vocal lessons in some modules, depending on your choices. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to build a variety of skills and express your creativity

Assessment

You’ll also be assessed using a range of methods, including presentations, bibliographic exercises, essays and group project work. LUBS modules may include written exams. Specialised music modules will also use relevant methods of assessment, such as compositions, recitals, critical editions and commentaries on musical sources.

Career opportunities

This programme will equip you with in-depth knowledge of economic and management issues, both within and beyond the music industry. It will also equip you with transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation, communication, cultural and commercial awareness that are valuable to a wide range of employers.

All of this will put you in a great position to succeed in the music industry, as well as other related areas of arts and creative industries management .

We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts a unique Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.




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The course is designed for recent graduates seeking a career in traditional and new media organisations. It provides a combination of business and media skills designed to equip you to take up an entry-level position in today’s media organisations. . Read more

The course is designed for recent graduates seeking a career in traditional and new media organisations. It provides a combination of business and media skills designed to equip you to take up an entry-level position in today’s media organisations. 

You will learn how media organisations are engaging with the challenges resulting from the emergence of digital media technologies and platforms. The course introduces you to the processes by which media organisations develop their corporate strategies, business plans, marketing and production operations as they respond to radical change in the commercial environment. 

The course is designed to enable you to find and take up work placements and internships at media organisations in London during the course of your studies. Our students have successfully completed internships at TV production companies like the BBC, technology companies like Google, as well as many other multimedia, advertising and news organisations in London. Some have successfully started their own businesses in the UK. 

Whether you are planning a career in a media organisation or seeking to create your own new business start up, the MA International Media Business aims to provide the analytical insight, operational knowledge and planning skills you will need to prosper. The course is taught alongside a suite of Masters courses in Westminster’s highly successful Centre for Creative Industries Management. 

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Optional modules (Semester 1)

Optional modules (Semester 2)

Career path

International Media Business students have gone on to work for many social media business including Facebook, Youtube, Google as well as traditional media firms like Sky, Disney and Bloomberg. They have also worked as creatives and digital content producers for small and large business including Land Rover, AEG and BSI Global. Others have continued their education at PhD level.



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If you have a background in music or psychology, this programme will allow you to study existing research and theories in the psychology of music while continuing to follow your own musical interests. Read more

If you have a background in music or psychology, this programme will allow you to study existing research and theories in the psychology of music while continuing to follow your own musical interests.

You’ll develop your knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, building your own research skills while learning to critically evaluate studies in the field of music psychology. Using real-world case studies you’ll explore areas such as music education, therapy, advertising, science and technology – but you’ll also be able to take optional modules in composition, performance, musicology, aesthetics, editing, electronic and computer music or other aspects of music.

Taught by experts in world-class facilities, you’ll gain an insight into the importance and role of research in music psychology to prepare you for further research or a wider range of careers.

We have a variety of excellent facilities to support your learning, including rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition.

We also have good working relationships with a range of prestigious arts organisations: we host BBC Radio 3 concerts, Leeds Lieder and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, as well as enjoying a close partnership with Opera North and many others in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene.

Take a virtual tour of the School of Music.

Course content

Core modules that run throughout the year will develop your knowledge of music psychology, as well as your understanding of research methods. You’ll focus on case studies in different areas of the subject, gaining a sense of the key issues, debates and theories and becoming confident evaluating and using quantitative and qualitative techniques to collect data.

At the same time, you’ll select from optional modules that allow you to pursue your interests in different areas of music such as aesthetics, musicology, audience engagement, composition, performance, editing and archival studies, electronic and computer music or musicology. For some of these modules, we may need to see evidence of your ability before you begin – see ‘How to apply’ for more information.

By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained when you submit your dissertation – an independent piece of research, with an empirical component, on a topic of your choice within music psychology.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Studies 30 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Case Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music 30 credits
  • Research Techniques in the Applied Psychology of Music 30 credits

Optional modules

You’ll then choose one from the optional modules below.

  • Individual Project 30 credits
  • Short Dissertation 30 credits
  • International Research Project 30 credits
  • Composition Studies 30 credits
  • Instrumental or Vocal Recital 30 credits
  • Concerto/Song-Cycle/Extended Work 30 credits
  • Applied Performance Studies 30 credits
  • Editing and Archival Studies 30 credits
  • Issues in Critical Musicology 30 credits
  • Aesthetic Theory 30 credits
  • Electronic & Computer Music Practice 30 credits
  • Electronic & Computer Music Contexts 30 credits
  • Audience Engagement and Impact 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Applied Psychology of Music MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Applied Psychology of Music MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from a range of teaching and learning methods. These will include seminars, tutorials and lectures in some modules, as well as instrumental or vocal lessons with our expert tutors if you select performance modules. However, independent study is crucial to this degree, allowing you to develop your skills and pursue your interests at your own pace.

Assessment

You’ll also be assessed using a range of methods, including presentations, bibliographic exercises, essays and group project work. Specialised music modules will also use relevant methods of assessment, such as compositions, recitals, critical editions and commentaries on musical sources.

Career opportunities

This programme will allow you to gain a range of transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation and oral and written communication. All of these can be applied in musical as well as non-musical contexts.

Recent graduates have gone on to launch careers within the fields of music education, music advertising, business development, marketing and administration, and artist management. Others have also continued with their research at PhD level.

We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts a unique Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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Do you want to develop and launch a creative business or new venture with the support of the UK's most successful media business leaders? Our unique MA gives you all the tools to create the media businesses of the future – in Publishing, Theatre, Games, Film, Television, Music and Digital Entertainment. Read more
Do you want to develop and launch a creative business or new venture with the support of the UK's most successful media business leaders? Our unique MA gives you all the tools to create the media businesses of the future – in Publishing, Theatre, Games, Film, Television, Music and Digital Entertainment. Taught by over 100 major players from across the industries, at one of the world’s best media schools, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

-Unique in Europe, the course gives students both the professional and personal tools to build a business that spans the creative sector.
-Taught by over 100 major business leaders across: Television; Film; Theatre; Music; Publishing; Games; and Digital Entertainment, giving alumni the best ‘address book’ in the creative industries.
-Split between NFTS campus and London students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at NFTS and London’s ‘global hub’.
-Students will have the opportunity to raise real seed funding for their 2nd year project.
-Supported by media investors Ingenious, law firm Lee & Thompson and accountancy firm Saffery Champness.
-Students graduate with a completed and investor-tested business plan.
-Access to NFTS Masterclasses led by major creative figures from film, television and games.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto courses starting in 2018 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £ 10,000 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Post Graduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England. It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here: https://nfts.co.uk/fees-funding/funding-guide

COURSE OVERVIEW

CBEE (Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Execs*) is the cutting-edge multi-media MA business course for those who want to succeed as business builders and business leaders in the creative industries.

Targeted at the brightest and best young entrepreneurs and executives globally, the course is brought to you by the world’s No. 1 international film, television and games School at its campus in Beaconsfield and in central London.

“This course gives young entrepreneurs in the creative industries the compass to navigate their way across those domains, with practical knowledge and practical guidance. It’s about giving a new generation of ‘makers and doers’ the best possible chance to succeed and change their world. It’s about making smart young people confident they can do something new, and showing them ways to succeed. That’s why I think this course is such a terrific idea.”
Richard Branson, CBEE course champion

“I am delighted to support this course. Building business capacity in the cultural and creative industries is vital to future competitiveness. We need entrepreneurs, financiers and managers who truly understand the creative process as well as business and commerce. My belief is that this course will make a significant contribution to achieving these goals.”
Patrick McKenna, Chief Executive, Ingenious

CBEE benefits from the unique position that London now occupies in the creative industries worldwide. Long known as a centre of excellence, innovation and commerce in the worlds of Theatre, Publishing and Music, the last twenty years have seen the city consolidate its place as the second largest global production centre for Film and Television behind Los Angeles.

In the last ten years the city has also become the second largest hub for Online/Tech and Games innovation after Silicon Valley.

With such a wealth of activity, the city has attracted a unique concentration of creative, executive and business talent across all seven domains, supported by its long-established place as a global financial hub. It hosts the European corporate HQ’s for every leading media brand from Google, YouTube, and Warners, to Penguin Random House and Sony. Yet is also home to some of the most dynamic independent players in each field, from Beggars Banquet in music to Working Title in film.

Students benefit directly from this pool of creative business talent, since course tutors are drawn directly from it. But students also benefit, as consumers, from the extraordinary vibrancy of the city’s cultural offering.

Where better in the world to train as an entrepreneur in the cultural industries?

CBEE for Entrepreneurs.
Over the course of the two years, participants looking to set up or build upon their own existing business will expect to:
-Learn the business and creative dynamics of each of the seven domains.
-Gain all the personal and professional tools needed to set up and run their own business.
-Leave with a fully worked-through business proposal or plan that has been taken to investors, partners and has been mentored by a dynamic business leader in the field.

CBEE for Executives.
Over the course of the two years, Participants already working within a business can expect to take back:
-A 360-degree view of the creative business sectors adjacent to their own existing specialisation.
-Management, legal, accountancy and planning skills that are key to the development of any business and of their own careers.
-A fully worked-through proposal for a new venture, a new division, or a new solution to an existing project or business plan proposal in need of development.

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This multidisciplinary programme gives students the unique opportunity to develop critical understandings of the music industries and popular music, as well as gaining practical experience in a music industries-related organisation. Read more

This multidisciplinary programme gives students the unique opportunity to develop critical understandings of the music industries and popular music, as well as gaining practical experience in a music industries-related organisation.

Why This Programme

  • This programme is aimed at those wishing to work in the music industries and/or develop an academic interest in the music and wider creative industries.
  • Our approach is multidisciplinary: we employ a variety of academic approaches and draw upon the University's expertise in a range of disciplines including sociology, cultural studies, musicology and politics.
  • You will be studying in the City of Glasgow with its vibrant and exciting music scene – the UK’s first UNESCO city of music. There is access to a range of theorists and practitioners from within both academia and the music industries.
  • This MLitt in The Music Industries develops critical understandings of the music industries and the creative aspects of popular music.
  • It will give you the tools to develop your career or business in the music industries.
  • You do not have to be a musician to apply. The programme has been designed to appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds.
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including seminar and practice rooms, a small library, an audio lab, studios, and the University’s concert hall.

Programme Structure

The Music Industries programme aims to introduce and develop a critical understanding of the academic study of the Music Industries and Popular Music at postgraduate level.

The Music Industries MLitt is located within the broader academic area of Popular Music Studies - a relatively new area of academic enquiry which draws upon a range of disciplines including Sociology, Cultural Studies, Musicology and Politics. It is inherently multidisciplinary and a range of academic approaches will be adopted throughout the programme. This will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate the role of Popular Music and its attendant industries both historically and in contemporary society.

The programme includes a placement which has been designed for those seeking to work in the creative industries, and more specifically, the music industries including record companies, management companies and promoters. This programme is unique in the UK, offering the only postgraduate placement involving a tailored research project within a music industries-related organisation. You will spend part of semester two on placement within one of a number of music industries employers.

Career Prospects

The programme opens up opportunities to enter and develop your career or business in the music industries, as well as in related creative areas such as the games industry.

Graduates have combined the degree with other studies to pursue careers in areas such as law and education.

Positions held by recent graduates include working as a Service Delivery Manager at PRS for Music, Manager at ATC Management, Lecturer in Commercial Music and several self-employed artists and music entrepreneurs.



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Creative artists make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the creative economy, particularly in rural communities. Read more

Creative artists make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the creative economy, particularly in rural communities.

The MA Music and the Environment provides a foundation for musicians to develop new paths for creative, entrepreneurial and environmentally responsible endeavours. In addition, the course equips musicians to work within their own community, establishing effective and successful contributions to their local economy.

The course focuses on the three distinct but interrelated themes of music performance and creation; the cultural and historical context; and the creative economy and sustainability. Activities during the course encourage and demand the skills of observation, investigation, experimentation, reflection, creation, innovation and design.

Special Features

• Loans for tuition fees are available from the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

• Opportunity to work in one of the richest natural and cultural environments in the world with leading musicians and experts in the heritage and historical context

• Chance to work on real-life work scenarios to develop new works, performances and enterprises in local settings across the Highlands and Islands

• You will gain key skills and expertise to form complex and compelling artistic works, with a clear understanding of relevant environmental factors

• You will also acquire skills to create sustainable enterprises and make a contribution to the creative economy and network of other artists in the UK and Europe

Modules

PgCert

Core modules include: Music and the Environment: Space, Place and People; Sustainable Creative Endeavour in Contemporary Society

Plus one option module from a range of music and humanities modules

PgDip

Core module is: Music Creation and Collaboration

Plus one option module which may include: Research and Music Production; Making Music Matter

MA

To achieve the award of MA you must also complete a final project or dissertation

Access routes

BA (Hons) Applied Music

BA (Hons) Gaelic and Traditional Music

BA (Hons) Music Business

BA (Hons) Popular Music

Locations

This course is available at:

Argyll College UHI, West Bay, Dunoon, PA23 7HP

Lews Castle College UHI, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0XR

Moray College UHI, Moray Street, Elgin, IV30 1JJ

North Highland College UHI, Ormlie Road, Thurso, KW14 7EE

Orkney College UHI, East Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1LX

Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick, ZE1 0PX

West Highland College UHI, Carmichael Way, Fort William, PH33 6FF

Study Options

You will study through a combination of video-conference lectures, online through the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and face-to face through attendance at residentials.

Funding

From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

See Scholarships tab below for full details

Top reasons to study at UHI

Do something different: our reputation is built on our innovative approach to learning and our distinctive research and curriculum which often reflects the unique environment and culture of our region and closely links to vocational skills required by a range of sectors.

Choice of campuses – we have campuses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Each campus is different from rich cultural life of the islands; the spectacular coasts and mountains; to the bright lights of our city locations.

Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff

The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the ‘visit website’ button below which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select the Apply tab to complete our online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links beow or call on 0845 272 3600.

International Students

If you would like to study in a country of outstanding natural beauty, friendly communities, and cities buzzing with social life and activities, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland should be your first choice. We have campuses across the region each one with its own special characteristics from the rich cultural life of the islands to the bright city lights of Perth and Inverness. Some courses are available in one location only, for others you will have a choice; we also have courses that can be studied online from your own home country. .http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements

Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page http://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements



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Our Professional Media Composition MA takes you right to the heart of the film music business, putting you at the sharp end dealing with realistic deadlines and a steady flow of real-world projects through your course. Read more

Award: MA awarded by University of Chichester

Our Professional Media Composition MA takes you right to the heart of the film music business, putting you at the sharp end dealing with realistic deadlines and a steady flow of real-world projects through your course. Nowhere else can you learn with a tutorial team who are so plugged into the film music business working on major film, TV and games projects every day. That’s what gives this course its edge, its relevance and its validity.

Course Highlights

- Personal 1-to-1 tuition from top professional composers.
- Work on over 20 projects. The workload is challenging but it’s only through hard work that you will truly reach the next level.
- Detailed feedback from a range of tutors, online workshops and tutorial groups, forum discussions and exclusive webinars.
- Same training system we use in house to train our assistants
- Telephone and direct email support

Major Project: 30 minutes of music for a full length feature film, television or other media production. Chosen from a range of exclusive projects, this is unique opportunity to cut your teeth on an extended assignment and show us and the world what you’re made of.

Fees

All of our postgraduate courses have a flat fee, regardless of whether you are full or part time.

Course: £8,850 / $12,950 / €11,600

Fees can be paid as one upfront cost, or as instalments spread monthly across the duration of the course.

Students are required to buy, rent or access additional books, scores, recordings, films and other reference material.

Time Commitment

In the UK, an MA involves 180 academic credits and each credit represents a notional 10 hours of work. That comes to pretty close to a full-time working week for a year.

For Professional Media Composition students there are 24 projects including a longer Major Project at the end of the course.

Practice based creative degrees are notoriously difficult to quantify in terms of how long they take to complete. It depends to a large extent, on how fast you write music. Some students write 5 minutes of music a day while others write 5 minutes a week or less. If you work reasonably productively, i.e. 2-3 minutes a day, which is probably average in the professional working industry, you would complete the work in much less time.

A well organized person, working productively, might be able to complete the course in two or three days a week for a year whereas another working slower, might take 5 days a week. Assume therefore that the full-time lies somewhere between 2 and 5 days a week depending on your work rate. Part time would be pro-rata so a two year schedule would be 1-2 days a week, three years 1 day a week or less.

The Provisional Schedule

Both full-time and part-time students join the same course. Full time students will compete their taught modules by the end of the 9th month. The rest of the year is spent on their major project. Part time students will do their modules in roughly twice the time.

The live orchestral sessions will happen once a year. Students will attend the session immediately following the completion of their major project.

To encourage a sense of “togetherness”, most of the group activities are not locked into particular modules. Guest lecturers, webinars, workshops and solo live sessions will be scheduled regularly throughout the year and are free for all to attend. The individual module work is normally more focused on individual or small group tuition and so is more flexible in terms of timing.

Application

When you are sure you are ready to apply for the programme, go to the course page and click the “apply now” button. This will take you to our store where you can pay the non-returnable application fee of £50 / €70 / $90.

Once your payment has been processed, you will be able to login and complete the application pack.

We will need your personal details, details of your academic, musical and technical background. If you are offered a place, we will require copies of a number of documents including those confirming your academic history, identity and language ability where English is not your first language.

You will also be required to send us some music.

For full details on the application procedure, please visit our website below.

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Central to any 21st century creative practice is the need to respond to a technological and economic environment wherein disruption and hybridity are now commonplace. Read more

Central to any 21st century creative practice is the need to respond to a technological and economic environment wherein disruption and hybridity are now commonplace. The MA in Creative Music Practice has been designed to enable graduate students, along with established creatives and professionals, to advance their skills, knowledge and understanding of a rapidly evolving global music ecosystem.

This course builds on the strength and diversity of the University of Gloucestershire’s undergraduate portfolio in Music, and will enable students who work across a range of music disciplines - including music and sound technology, business and management, creative practice, music and visual media, interactive music, community practice, social enterprise and music education - to develop and launch ambitious and sustainable projects. With an emphasis on research, where staff expertise focuses on international music cultures, political economy, audiovisual aesthetics and contemporary philosophy, the programme is designed to facilitate higher learning and skills development against the backdrop of both market/audience development and critical enquiry.

As the name suggests, the course is structured around students' creative ambitions, but remains broad in its range in order to allow practitioners within different musical disciplines to work and develop alongside each other. Practical modules will enable students to progress a core set of production and craft skills, whilst contextual modules will allow project work to be embedded within critical and commercial frameworks. This preparatory and explorative work then feeds into the major project wherein students develop a significant piece of work that is both market-ready and at the same time underpinned by conceptual and theoretical reflection.

Study style

The programme has a strong practical focus, which allows students to develop and prototype ideas, and is underpinned by a set of critical and theoretical perspectives.

Industry links

The course is part of a subject community and Media School who are embedded in a wide range of creative industries partnerships and ongoing collaborations. The music team works closely with festivals and organisations across Gloucestershire and the South West, including Cheltenham Festivals, BBC Introducing, 2000Trees, Musicworks, and we're able to bring in high profile guests due to our staff's ongoing professional practice and networks.

A hybrid programme of project development and research designed to meet the demands of a hybrid music economy

In a time of rapid evolution in terms of music commerce and technological development, our strength is in our diversity. Students develop a programme of study that enables them to research and scope a creative, commercial or technological project and develop a range of higher skills that will propel them into professional practice, freelance careers or equip them to launch their own music-based start-up.

Benefit from working in a networked environment of dedicated music production labs and creative workspaces

Our music and sound production facilities have been designed to facilitate a range of working practices, from studio recording, electronic music production, ambisonic installation and composition for moving image, through to live and networked performance. In addition, our teaching spaces have been created to respond to emergent pedagogic practices, and students engage in a range of workshops, business pitch and development labs, and make use of project management and communication softwares to enhance their learning and creative development.

Our students are taught by practicing creatives and academics engaged in active research

Our staff work at the leading edge of their fields, and their practice and research positions music in terms of disruptive technology, aesthetics, audiovisual culture, ambisonic and interactive audio, composition and performance, along with new materialist and non-philsophical thought and political economy.

Careers

  • Music Creative - Producer/Composer/Songwriter
  • Studio Creative/Engineer
  • Sound Design/Composition for Film, TV, Advertising & Games
  • Live Events - Producer/Promoter
  • Music start-up - Label/Artist management


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ICMP’s MA in Songwriting is London’s first and only songwriting-specific postgraduate Masters programme. Highly creative and personalised, it’s designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus on both their practical songwriting and songwriting education. Read more

ICMP’s MA in Songwriting is London’s first and only songwriting-specific postgraduate Masters programme. Highly creative and personalised, it’s designed to enable students to examine, explore and focus on both their practical songwriting and songwriting education.

The course is a practice-based, industry-led programme, placing your development as a songwriter in a critical and contextual setting. Working in a peer community, with teaching and support from current industry songwriting practitioners and academics, you’ll explore and refine your creative output and goals, considering artist, commercial and intellectual outcomes.

Students complete a series of modules which focus on creative exploration, technical songwriting exercises, musicology and creative voice, before undertaking a final Masters project, choosing either the creation of a new Major Repertoire work (typically a debut album) or a Dissertation in the area of songwriting.

Classes explore the art and craft of contemporary songwriting, with students writing at least one song every week. You’ll collaborate with other ICMP students and will engage in small group ‘A&R-style’ feedback and critical discussion with your professional songwriting tutors and talented peers, regularly critiquing each other’s works-in-progress across the course of the year.

The highlight of this MA programme is the final module. You can choose between Major Repertoire or Dissertation projects, which allow students to progress specific songwriting interests in a distinctly personalised manner. The Major Repertoire Project allows you to develop a large-scale piece of repertoire work, which is typically a debut album. You’ll be allocated an expert, individual supervisor/ A&R to help guide your project with regular one-to-one support. This mentor will be hand-picked to suit your project from either within the ICMP Songwriting faculty or outside in the wider UK songwriting industry.

Become part of a strong, diverse and inclusive community

Songwriting students form a small but close-knit team, and you’ll immediately become part of the strong, diverse and inclusive community around the whole ICMP Songwriting department. As a special exclusive benefit, every ICMP MA Songwriting student receives a free yearly membership to the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA) which includes regular industry news and advice, attendance at songwriting networking events throughout the year, legal advice, insurance and more.

As an MA Songwriting student, you’ll regularly network within the music industry thanks to monthly performance opportunities at our London songwriting industry event – Songwriters’ Circle – and events hosting MA-specific guest speakers from the worlds of songwriting and academia. You’ll also get the chance to attend occasions organised by the London chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), which is run out of ICMP – a group with exclusive links to one of Nashville’s most celebrated songwriting venues: the Bluebird Cafe.

Access to facilities

MA students also undertake a large proportion of their classes on location at London’s Tileyard Studios – ICMP’s exclusive industry partner and home to the UK’s largest professional music community – with special use of the writing rooms at the complex and invitations to all their collaborative and networking events. The course’s international focus also allows for exciting exchange opportunities with songwriting partners based in Nashville and California.

As an MA student, you’ll have direct access to our amazing facilities with industry-standard hardware, software and instruments, including a 24-track recording studio, multiple Mac labs and dedicated performance spaces which can all be booked free-of-charge, outside of class hours, seven days a week. Postgraduate students also have access to studio and writing spaces at Tileyard Studios. You’ll also enjoy access to a range of UEL facilities, including the 24/7 multimedia libraries, with over 300,000 books, journals, audio-visual resources and archives, 500 electronic books and 25,000 electronic journals and databases.

As a graduate of the MA in Songwriting course, you’ll leave ICMP with the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections required to succeed in whichever direction your songwriting path takes you, whether that’s within the worlds of the music business, the songwriting industry, education, academia or beyond.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Master of Songwriting by the University of East London.

Module Overview

Students take all of the following 30 Credit modules:

• Creative Process

• Songwriting Musicology

• Musical Language in Songwriting

• The Writer’s Voice

Students choose one of the following 60 Credit modules:

• Major Repertoire Project

• Dissertation

Progression

This course will prepare you for a career in the music industry, in jobs such as performing songwriter, writer/producer, standalone songwriter, songwriting tutor, music business executive, writer or academic, or you can progress on to further postgraduate study in songwriting.

Further information and application details



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