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This unique MA will enhance your critical understanding of the musical theatre as a popular entertainment genre- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-musical-theatre/. Read more
This unique MA will enhance your critical understanding of the musical theatre as a popular entertainment genre- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-musical-theatre/

It will help you to sharpen your practical skills as a creative artist. On a practical level, it will assist you in working as a freelance writer, composer or producer of musical theatre.

The MA focuses on the dramaturgy of the musical as a key factor in the future development of the genre.

Expert professionals are regularly employed as visiting tutors, to maintain direct links with the industry.

You follow one of the two pathways as either:

-producer
-writer or composer

You undertake an analytic case study of a musical or production, a placement project and dissertation (producers), and a creative project involving either book and lyrics or music for a short original musical (writers and composers). Producers share some classes with students on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Theatre and Performance Secretary.

Modules & Structure

You undertake an analytic case study of a musical or production, a placement project and dissertation (producers), and a creative project involving either book and lyrics or music for a short original musical (writers and composers). Producers share some classes with the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.

You elect to follow one of two pathways on the programme – Producers, or Writers and Composers. In each case, the programme involves five separate modules:

1. Genre study – autumn and spring terms, both pathways.
This module runs for 20 weeks. It begins in autumn with an historical survey of the development of the American musical, from ‘Showboat’ (1927) to ‘Sweeney Todd’ (1979). It continues in the spring term with a look at new forms of musical theatre that have resulted from the fragmentation of the classic tradition of ‘book’ musicals, with the innovation of the ‘concept’ musical, the impact of rock musicals, the ‘invasion’ of Broadway by the British ‘megamusical’ and the subsequent globalisation of the market by Cameron Macintosh and Disney.

2. Case study – autumn and spring terms, both pathways.
This module involves a 15-week introduction to the different structural components (book, music, lyrics, choreography, scenography) and industrial factors (producers, marketing, technology, conomics)
determining the production of musicals today. The module is taught by a range of professional and academic experts with a variety of different perspectives on the subject.

3. Shared complementary/contextual module 1 – autumn term.

Students choose one of these modules:

4. Shared complementary/contextual module 2, - ‘Musical Theatre and Society’
5. Creative project/dissertation – spring and summer terms, both pathways.

Assessment

Genre study is assessed by two 3,000-word essays; the case study is assessed by means of a 4,000-word essay. The nature and form of creative projects, dissertations and research/placement projects are agreed with the Module Convenor during the programme.

Skills

You will develop a critical understanding of the collaborative processes involved in the creation of musical theatre in the UK and USA.

Composers and librettists/lyricists will achieve an enhanced ability to engage with the integration of dramaturgical and musical components of musical theatre writing, and a comprehension of the various factors involved in working within the industry.

Producers will acquire an overall perspective on the industrial and organisational factors involved in musical theatre production, including methods of theatre marketing, systems of arts funding and policy, and a working knowledge of the strategies involved in producing a small-scale musical.

Producers will also develop skills of leadership and teamwork and the ability to develop and critique their own approaches to working in musical theatre production.

Careers

Typical careers for graduates of this MA include:

musical theatre composer
librettist
lyricis
tproduce
marketing manager
production assistant

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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The MA in Musical Theatre at LJMU has been designed for actors, directors, choreographers, MDs, composers, lyricists, librettist and teachers, to develop mastery of personal craft, by exploring creativity and advancing scholarship in musical theatre. Read more
The MA in Musical Theatre at LJMU has been designed for actors, directors, choreographers, MDs, composers, lyricists, librettist and teachers, to develop mastery of personal craft, by exploring creativity and advancing scholarship in musical theatre.

•​Join a passionate community of musical theatre scholars and artists
•Participate in an annual festival of performance and scholarship titled “Adventures In Musical Theatre”
•Benefit from a highly flexible, student-centred curriculum and delivery structure, with an emphasis on learning through creative risk and play
•Take advantage of opportunities to include current work-based activity or undertake a placement
•A wide network of local, regional, national and international partners

This MA is an ‘adventure in musical theatre’, which will enhance the mastery of theatrical craft by helping you to define a personal methodology, style and approach to the relevant disciplines of Musical Theatre.

​You will have the confidence to apply knowledge and understanding with originality and creativity for the re-interpretation of received assumptions regarding dominant traditions and practices of Musical Theatre performance. You will also gain the confidence to work creatively, collaboratively and collectively with musical theatre makers who possess varying levels of experience and styles. This degree ultimately aims to develop students into adaptive and flexible musical theatre professionals.

​In order to develop your own creative practice as a Musical Theatre artist, you will learn how to effectively and appropriately employ a range of research methodologies and critical perspectives, including the ability to interrogate, evaluate and explore Musical Theatre ‘texts’ and processes. For students who wish to develop an entrepreneurial approach and set up their own theatre company, this MA will enable you to explore performance and event creation utilising organisational and managerial skills and industry knowledge.

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Why Surrey?. Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is arguably the foremost musical theatre school in the world and our new two-year MFA programme in Musical Theatre provides students the very best conservatoire-style training within a top UK university environment. Read more

Why Surrey?

Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is arguably the foremost musical theatre school in the world and our new two-year MFA programme in Musical Theatre provides students the very best conservatoire-style training within a top UK university environment.

Building on the international reputation of our BA and MA Musical Theatre programmes this terminal degree in performance is unique in the market and the perfect platform for those looking to launch their professional career.

Programme overview

Offering world-class teaching and impressive industry links from one of the UK’s leading conservatoires MFA students will learn to employ a broad range of musical theatre knowledge and skills whilst delivering outstanding performances in a range of productions.

The programme also provides a working knowledge of historical, critical and theoretical content and the creation of a performance that will be presented to agents and professionals for maximum industry exposure.

As a student on the MFA programme you will also have the opportunity to participate in a professional placement production, giving you invaluable experience of the UK Musical Theatre industry.

An impressively high percentage of GSA alumni appear in the cast lists of West End shows and National tours and last year, over 95 per cent of GSA graduates gained professional representation or professional contracts within the first year of graduation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over four consecutive semesters and two academic years.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

Our MFA in Musical Theatre will provide graduates with:

  • The ability to employ a broad range of Musical Theatre knowledge and skills in the creation and presentation of roles
  • The ability to perform in plays of various types and from various periods
  • The acquisition of advanced understanding and capabilities in singing, dance, acting and play analysis
  • A working knowledge of historical, critical, and theoretical content and the ways they inform musical theatre writing, the creation of roles, and other aspects of production

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • An advanced understanding of the physical and vocal techniques required to maintain an expressive body and the optimum functionality of the voice
  • A critical understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of musical theatre
  • A sophisticated understanding of the application of technique to differing theatrical forms, styles, genres and historical contexts
  • A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Recognise, interpret and contextualise approaches to genre, idiom, style and historical context
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different musical theatre styles
  • Ability to evaluate, critique and develop methodologies of practice
  • Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others’ practice

Professional practical skills

  • Identify and develop a personally effective and methodological approach to rehearsal
  • Select and apply vocal and physical techniques appropriate to different genres, styles and periods of musical theatre
  • Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative work in performance
  • Contribute effective and appropriate advanced practices and concepts to an ensemble process
  • Demonstrate evidence of extensive practical research and effective preparation for entry into the current performance industry

Key / transferable skills

  • Be disciplined and consistent in a professional context
  • Conduct themselves constructively, positively and sensitively towards others
  • Able to both lead and collaborate as part of a team, on practical and research projects
  • Communicate effectively and at an advanced level in both verbal and written form.
  • Seek out, critique and employ information appropriately
  • Recognise and develop commercial and artistic career opportunities.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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With one of the largest postgraduate communities in the UK (typically around 50-60 research students and over 20 Masters students each year), we have established ourselves as one of the country's premier institutions for postgraduate education in Music. Read more
With one of the largest postgraduate communities in the UK (typically around 50-60 research students and over 20 Masters students each year), we have established ourselves as one of the country's premier institutions for postgraduate education in Music. Our research profile is of international standing and is reflected in our commitment to excellence in all aspects of our postgraduate provision.

The MMus in Advanced Musical Studies is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to specialise in one particular area of advanced musical study, as well as those who want to take a more varied set of options.

The aim of the course is to develop your intellectual and creative abilities within the field of advanced musical study to a professional level. You will be well versed and well practised in your chosen discipline, fluent both verbally and technically, and able to present your ideas within coherent frameworks orally, in writing, and through performance and composition. You will be able to take the initiative in constructing your study programme and will be fully conversant with a broad range of issues of concern in current musical and musicological endeavour.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/music/coursefinder/mmusadvancedmusicalstudies.aspx

Why choose this course?

- Our nationally and internationally-renowned Music Department is one of the UK's largest.

- Our teaching at postgraduate level has been consistently at the forefront of the discipline and we were the top-rated department in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

- You will benefit from in-house research training, provided by our world-class academics and also from training programmes available at the Institute of Musical Research.

- You will have various opportunities for performance, incluing the Symphony Orchestra which presents an annual concert at St John's, Smith Square in London, the Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonietta (for new music) an Andean Band, and a Gamelan Orchestra (Gamelan Puloganti).

Department research and industry highlights

Recent externally funded research includes:
- AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP)

- ‘Beyond Paris: music in regional France from the July Monarchy to the First World War’

- ‘El Sistema: music as social action in Venezuela’

- ‘Film fitting in Britain 1913–1926’

- ‘Medieval Song Network’

- ‘Modernism’s Quilting Points: Heidegger, Žižek, Walton’

- ‘Music in the Balkans’

Course content and structure

You will take a core course plus five elective courses in the first two terms before concentrating on your Special Study in the third term. The Special Study may be a Composition Portfolio (up to two pieces with a total performance time of 18-20 minutes), a Dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) or a Recital (lasting no more than 60 minutes). The core course and each elective count for 12.5% of the MMus degree, while the Special Study is worth 25%.

On completion of the course graduates will have:

- a critical understanding of the nature of professional musical, musicological and/or compositional activity at the highest national and international levels

- familiarity with the most important and sophisticated issues, techniques and literature relevant to the chosen area of musical enquiry/expertise

- an awareness of and ability to critically engage with new thinking in music, musicology and/or compositional practice

- a critical understanding of the complex linkages between the many aspects of a period, problem or theme

- enhanced understanding of the contingency of musical assumptions and judgements

- an advanced knowledge of a variety of critical and new technology approaches applicable to the specific field.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, recital, portfolios, and a dissertation as applicable.

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different music-related areas, including careers as music teachers. composers and musicians. This course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online - https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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Why Surrey?. Successful entry on to this Guildford School of Acting (GSA) programme means you will be part of a carefully selected and committed ensemble of performers-in-training, equipped with the necessary self-discipline and motivation to master new skills and refine existing capabilities. Read more

Why Surrey?

Successful entry on to this Guildford School of Acting (GSA) programme means you will be part of a carefully selected and committed ensemble of performers-in-training, equipped with the necessary self-discipline and motivation to master new skills and refine existing capabilities.

GSA is one of the UK’s leading accredited drama schools, providing dedicated conservatoire training within a purpose built environment on the University of Surrey campus.

Programme overview

We place a very strong emphasis on the practical acquisition of technical skills together with a dedicated focus on professional development, and provide opportunities to combine these skills into musical theatre rehearsal projects and public performances.

The programme is intensive and specifically designed to equip participants in the ‘triple-threat’ disciplines of acting, singing, dancing.

Seminars in contextual and theoretical studies are taken together with masterclasses led by industry professionals in audition technique and repertoire.

These skills are integrated through project work which includes a devised project, a final public production led by a production team of industry professionals, and a West End Showcase.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

  • To deepen experiential knowledge, ability and critical understanding of the integrated practice of musical theatre
  • To develop a comprehensive theoretical and experiential understanding of the techniques and methodologies inherent in the practice of musical theatre
  • To enable an advanced knowledge of context, style, genre and idiom in the practice of musical theatre
  • To provide an ensemble training context for the development of professional skills based on practical and theoretical understanding and reflective practice
  • To enable the student to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical knowledge of how to research and create independent practice

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • An advanced understanding of the physical and vocal techniques required to maintain an expressive body and the optimum functionality of the voice
  • A critical understanding of key theoretical and methodological developments in the practice of musical theatre
  • A sophisticated understanding of the application of technique to differing theatrical forms, styles, genres and historical contexts
  • A comprehensive understanding of current industry practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Recognise, interpret and contextualise approaches to genre, idiom, style and historical context
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to the demands of different musical theatre styles
  • Ability to evaluate, critique and develop methodologies of practice
  • Critically analyse and reflect on their own and others’ practice

Professional practical skills

  • Identify and develop a personally effective and methodological approach to rehearsal
  • Select and apply vocal and physical techniques appropriate to different genres, styles and periods of musical theatre
  • Demonstrate creative, original and imaginative work in performance
  • Contribute effective and appropriate advanced practices and concepts to an ensemble process
  • Demonstrate evidence of extensive practical research and effective preparation for entry into the current performance industry

Key / transferable skills

  • Be disciplined and consistent in a professional context
  • Conduct themselves constructively, positively and sensitively towards others
  • Able to both lead and collaborate as part of a team, on practical and research projects
  • Communicate effectively and at an advanced level in both verbal and written form.
  • Seek out, critique and employ information appropriately
  • Recognise and develop commercial and artistic career opportunities.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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The one-year, full time, MA Musical Theatre programme has quickly become one of the College's flagship courses, attracting attention and support from some of the biggest names in the industry. Read more
The one-year, full time, MA Musical Theatre programme has quickly become one of the College's flagship courses, attracting attention and support from some of the biggest names in the industry.

Building on the success of the College's well established acting and vocal programmes, the course also benefits from close collaborations with the music, production and design departments, placing it at the very centre of the College's creatively diverse community.

The emphasis is on building links within the musical theatre profession world and preparing students to be work-ready by the time they graduate. Throughout the course, students have opportunities to meet and work closely with professional directors, musical directors and choreographers as well as visiting artists and other key figures from within the industry.

Annual Showcase performances take place in Cardiff and at London giving students the opportunity to perform in front of a specially invited audience of agents, casting directors and other potential employers. There are further opportunities for public performance in a fully staged end-of-year production and a mid-year cabaret.

Students are immersed in an intensive schedule throughout the year including one-to-one singing lessons and repertoire coaching, acting, dance and vocal skills classes, workshops and rehearsals.

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Build on your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma and get the high-level music skills and critical perspective you need for a career in music or a related field. Read more

Build on your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma and get the high-level music skills and critical perspective you need for a career in music or a related field. This one-year Master's programme will further your knowledge in either composition, sonic arts or performance and is also designed to prepare you for the Doctor of Musical Arts.

Study at New Zealand's most prestigious music school and learn from world-class musicians and academics who are leaders in their fields.

Available subjects

Coursework

Choose 30 points worth of courses at 400 or 500 level. You'll need to select topics that explore critical perspectives relating to your creative work, such as aesthetics, performance practice and critical analysis. Your courses must contain substantial written components.

Thesis

You'll complete a 90-point creative research thesis on an approved topic of your choice.

Composition students will complete a portfolio of compositions or sound-based works, and a written report of between 10,000 and 20,000 words.

Performance students will express their research through one or two public recitals, and a written report of around 10,000 to 20,000 words.

Research proposal

You'll need to submit a research proposal within one month of enrolment for approval by the NZSM Postgraduate Committee. Performance students will express their research through one or two public recitals, and a written report of between 10,000 and 20,000 words.

Workload and duration

You'll normally complete your MMA within one year, but may take up to a year and six months from first enrolling. Part-time students can take up to four years to complete it.

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week.



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This programme develops skills in the critical study of musical instruments, and familiarises students with the examination of historic instruments, and with the evaluation of documentary information sources and iconography. Read more

This programme develops skills in the critical study of musical instruments, and familiarises students with the examination of historic instruments, and with the evaluation of documentary information sources and iconography.

You will learn the history and relevant literature of the most important instruments of western art music. You will be able to examine historic instruments, carry out research and draw conclusions about their operation.

Programme structure

Weekly two-hour tutorials will be held at St Cecilia’s Hall utilising original instruments from the instrument collection. In each musical instrument module you write two research papers, each of about 3,000 words in length. Following the second semester, you will carry out original research in organology and write a dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Students who study the programme will learn the history and relevant literature of the most important instruments of Western art music. They will be able to examine historic instruments, carry out research and draw conclusions about their operation.

Career opportunities

This programme will supply skills in research methodologies that will allow you to extend a specialised area of interest into further study. This in turn may lead to an academic career. You may instead wish to move into a curatorial role, either within a public institution or with one of the many private collections that exist worldwide.



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Your programme of study. University of Aberdeen has been a creative hub of musicians since the Middle Ages. Music at Aberdeen was introduced by Bishop Elphinstone who founded the university in 1495. Read more

Your programme of study

University of Aberdeen has been a creative hub of musicians since the Middle Ages. Music at Aberdeen was introduced by Bishop Elphinstone who founded the university in 1495. Since this time the University has provided the world with a wealth of global performers and composers of note, some of whom are in the current classical and other music charts and sought after globally with a packed diary. If you want to develop your musical interests at Master's level  as a new graduate or returner, or if you want to improve and challenge your musical skills as part of your professional development the Mmus Music is an ideal programme of study for you. You are taught by known world renowned performers and composers within the music world including Professor Paul Mealor, and you are encouraged to start performing immediately to then start to specialise and find out what you most enjoy. If you are a highly creative individual with lots of talent this programme will ensure you progress and deepen your creative specialism.

Find out more about music at Aberdeen:

You can study orchestration and composing for choirs, and renaissance music, words and music, contemporary opera. These areas may help you advance your musical career within teaching, performing, advising and working for specific musical productions as a freelancer. Classical areas are also very useful for more contemporary approaches to musical creativity. You may decide to write music for choirs and help them perform your works or you may decide to work internationally within opera companies.  With Words and Music you can study any composers and genres to then go on to work in the West End, a specific niche area of music or as an individual performer.

You develop your skills in composition, musicology and performance with further specialising to allow you to continue to develop research in the department. Career progression includes global musical outlets across the musical creative industries such as freelance performance work, composition, collaborations and more.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Music Research Skills

Optional

  • Renaissance Counterpoint
  • Vocalisation

Semester 2

  • Music Research Seminar Series

Optional

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

Semester 3

  • Extended Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You get expert tuition across the musical spectrum from voice to instrumental areas, drawing from well known composers and researchers in their field such s Royal Wedding composer Professor Paul Mealor
  •  You can join a Symphony Orchestra, Choral Society, Chapel Choir, String Ensemble, Viol Consort, Recorder Consort, New Music Group, Baroque Ensemble, Concert Band, Big Band, Chamber Group and many others

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time and Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs



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Are you a professional musician with a goal? Do you have a specific vision of your future? Then the Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire could be the suitable study to achieve your personal goals. Read more
Are you a professional musician with a goal? Do you have a specific vision of your future? Then the Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire could be the suitable study to achieve your personal goals. The Prince Claus Conservatoire is internationally known as an innovative institute of high quality with a large regional and international network. The Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is there for ambitious musicians who want to develop themselves in a self-chosen direction.

There are five study routes within the Master:
-Classical Music
-New York Jazz
-New Audiences & Innovative Practice
-Instrumental Learning & Teaching (starts September 1st 2014)
-Wind Band Conducting (starts September 1st 2014)

High Musical Artisanal Level: Unique

The Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is innovative compared to other Masters of Music. The educational profile is unique because of the integration of musical mastery, innovative strength (practice based research) and entrepreneurship. In the final exam students show that they are capable of combining musical mastery, research and entrepreneurship in relation to a specific (social) context and thus find their way in the professional field.

High musical artisanal level

A high musical artisanal level is expected from you. The focus is on refining your playing and on developing your ability to improve your skills. This is why your main subject is most important, which is the instrument that you play. Experimenting is important, as is the relation of your music with specific contexts (your audience, a specific event, a special target group). This all corresponds with the goals in your personal study plan.

Personal study plan

You carry out practice based research in order to become a better musician. The research is directly related to your personal study plan. Your research will be linked to individual, methodological coaching which also focusses on the content. Your research finally leads to a presentation which is directly related to your musical practice. An entrepreneurial attitude is essential to be able to successfully translate your musical passion to social contexts. Your vision on your personal future is the main focus.

Four reasons why the Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is unique:
1. You choose your own study subject and development: you determine what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. This is your study plan.
2. You determine largely who will be your teachers. You can optimally make use of our teachers' expertise. We also make sure that we get the expertise somewhere else if we cannot offer it within the school.
3. You have the possibility to study abroad for a period of time. For example within the study route New York Jazz: the third semester takes place in New York.
4. This Master is unique in its concept and curriculum compared to other Masters of Music in the Netherlands.

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Music as a creative art form in the 21st century can combine both tradition and innovation, bringing together instruments (some new, some with centuries of history) and the latest in high technology. Read more
Music as a creative art form in the 21st century can combine both tradition and innovation, bringing together instruments (some new, some with centuries of history) and the latest in high technology.

As a composer today all of these resources are available to you, and our research degrees in composition aim to foster your skills as you navigate this exciting new world.

On this programme you can create works which use electroacoustics and computer technology, traditional (and not so traditional) instrumental and vocal composition, or which combine these aspects. Works for interactive systems, multimedia, and sound installations are also welcome, and you are encouraged to find your own individual path.

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/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

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

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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This 30-credit Postgraduate Award in Educational Studies takes a critical look at issues arising from recent developments in research, policy and practice. Read more
This 30-credit Postgraduate Award in Educational Studies takes a critical look at issues arising from recent developments in research, policy and practice. Drawing on music education research, national reports and experience in a variety of contexts this module examines issues that arise from the fast-changing scene. These issues are relevant to the work of music teachers in both primary and secondary schools.

The course's focus is on coming to a better understanding of a range of tensions that frame the practice of musical learning and teaching in schools. As well as drawing on research to better understand the nature of these tensions, time will be spent working on a collaborative, small-scale research-based task that aims to examine a chosen issue within a local context.

Visit the website: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/component/courses/?view=course&cid=15962

Course detail

Aims of the programme:

- To become clearer about the role of music in 21st century schools;
- To explore tensions between national and local policy, pedagogic approaches and learners' musical practices;
- To better understand the kind of knowledge and understanding with which musical education might be concerned;
- To examine the role of musical provision beyond the school gates;
- To consider whether it is possible for a music education in school to be inclusive.

Format

Themes covered will include:

- the music teacher and creativity
- informal and formal musical learning
- processes of music-making
- the musical classroom, the teacher and the learner
- inclusive music education
- music education, culture and society.

Assessment

1 x 4,000 word essay

Students receive written comments on their assignments and informal feedback throughout the course (including through supervision).

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

Funding

Sources of government funding and financial support (including Professional and Career Development Loans): https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

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Programme description. In this dynamic programme you’ll build on your existing musical skills and develop a greater understanding of the theories and techniques of digital composition and performance. Read more

Programme description

In this dynamic programme you’ll build on your existing musical skills and develop a greater understanding of the theories and techniques of digital composition and performance.

A focus of the programme is bridging the gap between the musical vision and its performance. With this in mind, you will be encouraged to perform your own music in live situations and take your place at the forefront of your music’s realisation.

An emphasis is also placed on the field of digital composition within a wider context, which you will address through seminar work. You’ll learn how to plan a technological project and translate your musical ideas into interactive computer music programmes and/or scores.

Programme structure

Your study will take the form of weekly lectures or seminars, as well as at least 10 hours a week on project work.

You will complete six courses.

In semester 1:

  • Real-Time Performance Strategies and Design
  • Composers’ Seminar A
  • a choice of Sound Design Media, Compositional Practice A, Principles of Composition for Screen or another course as agreed with the Programme Director

In semester 2:

  • Non Real-Time Systems
  • Composers’ Seminar B
  • a choice of Digital Media Studio Project, Compositional Practice B or another course as agreed with the Programme Director

In addition, over the spring and summer, you will prepare a final digital composition and performance project.

Learning outcomes

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of:

  • how to make music with computers
  • the combination of hardware and software systems in music performance
  • music programming both in real-time (e.g. Max/MSP) and non-real-time e.g. slippery chicken
  • audio production and post-production
  • how to plan, execute, realise, and document a musical-technological project
  • how to translate musical ideas into fully-functioning interactive music software
  • their own creative practice in the context of past and present cultural developments

Career opportunities

As this programme involves a wide range of disciplines both technical and artistic, you will gain a number of transferable skills ranging from the core matters of composition, audio production and music programming to more indirect but highly employable skills such as research, documentation, critical thinking, oral presentation, teamwork and software development.

Our graduates have gone on to be employed as composers, performers, researchers, Cirque du Soleil sound technicians, university lecturers, software engineers, BBC sound recordists, web designers, multimedia/ video streaming engineers, and DJs.

See our alumni webpage for details of the careers of recent graduates:



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If you have a broad range of musical interests and would prefer not to specialise your studies, this course is ideal. Read more
If you have a broad range of musical interests and would prefer not to specialise your studies, this course is ideal. It aims to develop a range of musical and critical skills and knowledge; encourage initiative, creativity, critical evaluation and independence of thought; develop a systematic understanding of relevant musical knowledge and a critical awareness of contemporary issues; and provide knowledge of research practices, enabling you to undertake a substantial individual dissertation or composition project.

Key features
-You will have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international performers and composers, such as Judith Weir, Howard Skempton, Stephen Coombs, Jane Manning, Steve Goss, Steve Martland, Arditti String Quartet, Brian Ferneyhough, Kate Ryder and Kathron Sturrock.
-Lunchtime concerts, involving students or visiting artists, take place throughout the year.
-Facilities include a large rehearsal and performance space with supporting recording equipment, an extensive collection of musical instruments and a fully networked IT environment.

What will you study?

The core modules concentrate on research methods and colloquia, and will introduce you to a broad range of issues in music. You can then choose from an extensive list of modules, which include those based in performance, composing, music education and popular music.

The major project offers you the opportunity to focus on an area of your own choice and specialise through written work or composition. You can choose from a wide range of possible topics relating to your own interests. In addition, you can join any of the variety of University ensembles or form your own ensemble.

Assessment

Coursework, essays, compositions, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules
-Major Project
-Researching Music

Optional modules
-Advanced Production of Popular Music
-Composing and Marketing Popular Music
-Constructing Music Education in the UK
-Critical Reflection on Musical Performance
-International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
-Special Study: Arranging and Scoring
-Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television
-Current Debates in Music Education
-Jazz Studies
-Live Performance Technologies
-Performance Studies
-The Psychology of Music
-The Studio Musician

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Why Surrey?. Our unique Creative Practices and Direction programme will develop your creative-practice and leadership skills through engagement with practice-oriented theory and new collaborations. Read more

Why Surrey?

Our unique Creative Practices and Direction programme will develop your creative-practice and leadership skills through engagement with practice-oriented theory and new collaborations.

As a student of this programme, you will develop strong relationships with active professionals in your discipline and learn within a leading theatrical conservatoire that benefits from the intellectual stimulus of a major research-led university.

Programme overview

This unique programme is aimed at creative producers and directors and those who train and work with actors and performers to develop and direct their skills.

The programme offers three specialist pathways, including choreography and movement direction, directing, musical theatre creation, and you will also have the opportunity to develop a specialist practice within your chosen pathway.

The programme is primarily designed for graduates in drama, theatre and dance from universities and conservatoires, but will also appeal to those who have established themselves professionally and wish to refresh their skills and perspectives and take on leadership, coaching, creative or directing roles.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and an Advanced Creative Practice module.

Students enter the MA Creative Practices and Direction to a specified pathway, personally supervised by their pathway leader, an expert in the subject area.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Pathways

Movement Direction and Choreography pathway

Students on this pathway follow and practically investigate a number of techniques and ideas dealing with onstage physicality.

The focus is also on the development of movement language, through the investigation of the ideas and practices of seminal dance-based ideas (Laban, Bausch, Cunningham, Fosse, Graham, Horton, etc.) and methods for working with music and sound.

Directing pathway

This programme is a practice-led pathway incorporating methodologies and techniques that focus on approaches to theatre directing, dramaturgy, collaboration with other practitioners.

Musical Theatre Creation pathway

This pathway is designed for those who wish to study writing, and creative roles specifically in Musical Theatre. These might be as a director, choreographer, composer, librettist, musical director or creative producer.

Educational aims of the programme

  • Provide advanced study and practice in creative leadership and direction in theatre-making and/or the training of theatre artists, specific to the pathway chosen
  • Equip students for employment in the theatre industry and/or related performing arts industries as specialist practitioners in one of the following areas:
  1. Directing
  2. Movement Direction and Choreography
  3. Musical Theatre Creation
  • Provide students with integrated practical and theoretical knowledge of specialist creative and/or pedagogic practices relevant to their chosen pathway; contemporary technical and scholarly contexts; and industry-specific contexts
  • Enable students to develop intellectual and practical skills to inform and articulate self-reflection and critical awareness, through specialist study and practice, and work with other students in cognate fields
  • Develop critical and independent practitioners imbued with a sense of learning as a lifetime pursuit via a commitment to professional and personal development

Facilities, equipment and academic support

The School of Arts facilities include the 200-seat theatre in the Ivy Arts Centre, dark and light studios, digital creation stations and editing facilities, scenic, props and costume workshops, and interconnected sound recording and music facilities.

Teaching and workshop activity takes place largely in GSA’s dedicated rehearsal rooms, performance studios and design workshops. Lectures, presentations and seminars will occur in rooms across campus.

The University Library contains the majority of set texts, key journals, scripts, play texts and video materials necessary for the programme. Students have access to extensive facilities through the virtual learning environment, SurreyLearn, and IT Services.

Additional support is available in the Learning Resource Centre in the University Library.

Equipment is provided on a project-by-project basis according to the nature of the work in hand and the parameters of the project, which are negotiated with the tutor.

Facilities and equipment for production work will be booked by students according to specific project briefings and advertised resource parameters.

Academic support is provided by way of ongoing contact with the programme director and module leaders, group briefings and feedback, individual tutorials, and mentoring.

The programme makes use of a peer feedback system designed to provide a useful and supportive account of areas of strength and effectiveness, along with areas for improvement.

You are encouraged to identify personal learning and creative objectives that can be pursued in alignment with group project work.

Research

The School of Arts includes study in dance, digital arts, film, music, sound and theatre, with research activity in all areas, often with significant interdisciplinary connections.

With an integrated approach that comprises documentation, analysis and performance, Surrey’s agenda for research aims to engage critically with the past and present, while rigorously articulating new frameworks for understanding and practising the arts and culture in the twenty-first century.

Research infrastructure includes the Digital World Research Centre and the Laban Archive in the National Resource Centre for Dance (NRCD).

The School of Arts hosts and supports established research centres, research groupings and networks as well as individual research projects. Our research extends to partnerships with the artistic community, for instance, in support of public debates or in the dissemination of documentation for arts practice through the digital and print media.

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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