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The Master Of Music, Piano Pedagogy is designed for those who can demonstrate appropriate performing ability and possess an appropriate undergraduate degree. Read more
The Master Of Music, Piano Pedagogy is designed for those who can demonstrate appropriate performing ability and possess an appropriate undergraduate degree. Applicants without a degree in piano can be admitted to the piano pedagogy program only if they demonstrate equivalent background in piano and if no more than twelve credits of remediation would be required.

All degree requirements must be completed within six years. A single one-year extension may be granted for cause.

Learning Outcomes

• Perform in a musically expressive manner and demonstrate the proper characteristics involved in, and related to, musical production.
• Demonstrate familiarity with musical literature and stylistic characteristics (NASM, PDE).
• Develop information literacy by displaying critical thinking and listening skills through written critiques of performances concerning artistic expression, performance practice, selection of repertoire, conducting technique, and supportive notes for recitals (NASM, PDE).
• Work in collaboration with other musicians, using proper rehearsal and performance techniques with accompanists and/or instrumental and choral ensembles, and demonstrate conducting skills.
• Be prepared for future career opportunities.

Curriculum

Core modules:

• Music history (MHL) course 1
• Music theory (MTC) course 2
• PIA 578 Piano Pedagogy Private Lesson
• PIA 579 Piano Pedagogy Private Lesson (Including Recital)
• PIA 588 Advanced Lessons
• PIA 589 Advanced Lessons
• PIA 580 Perspectives in Pedagogy IV
• PIA 581 Perspectives in Pedagogy I
• PIA 582 Perspectives in Pedagogy II
• PIA 583 Perspectives in Pedagogy III
• PIA 631 Performance Practicum

Electives (6 credits from the list) :

• PIA 623 Baroque Keyboard Literature
• PIA 624 Classical Piano Literature
• PIA 625 Romantic Piano Literature
• PIA 626 20TH Century Piano Literature

Recital component:

• PIA 695 Recital (Piano Pedagogy)

For detailed information about these modules, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/school-of-music/applied-music/#coursestext

Further Study

Graduates have gone onto further their musical education at institutions including:

• Curtis Institute of Music
• Eastman School of Music
• Indiana University,
• The Juilliard School and others.

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The Master Of Music, Piano Pedagogy is designed for those who can demonstrate appropriate performing ability and possess an appropriate undergraduate degree. Read more
The Master Of Music, Piano Pedagogy is designed for those who can demonstrate appropriate performing ability and possess an appropriate undergraduate degree. Applicants without a degree in piano can be admitted to the piano pedagogy program only if they demonstrate equivalent background in piano and if no more than twelve credits of remediation would be required.

All degree requirements must be completed within six years. A single one-year extension may be granted for cause.

Learning Outcomes

• Perform in a musically expressive manner and demonstrate the proper characteristics involved in, and related to, musical production.
• Demonstrate familiarity with musical literature and stylistic characteristics (NASM, PDE).
• Develop information literacy by displaying critical thinking and listening skills through written critiques of performances concerning artistic expression, performance practice, selection of repertoire, conducting technique, and supportive notes for recitals (NASM, PDE).
• Work in collaboration with other musicians, using proper rehearsal and performance techniques with accompanists and/or instrumental and choral ensembles, and demonstrate conducting skills.
• Be prepared for future career opportunities.

Curriculum

• 3 credits of music history (MHL)
• 3 credits of music theory (MTC)
• 9 credits in individual lessons at the advanced level:
• 6 credits in keyboard literature
• 3 credits of concentration electives
• 2 credits of recital components

Completion of a comprehensive exit examination is also required.

For more detailed information about the curriculum and what modules are available, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/school-of-music/applied-music/performance-mm-keyboard-concentration-piano-harpsichord-organ/

Further Study

Graduates have gone onto further their musical education at institutions including:

• Curtis Institute of Music
• Eastman School of Music
• Indiana University,
• The Juilliard School and others.

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Core modules. PIA 580 Perspectives in Pedagogy IV. PIA 581 Perspectives in Pedagogy I. PIA 582 Perspectives in Pedagogy II. PIA 583 Perspectives in Pedagogy III. Read more

Curriculum

Core modules:

• PIA 580 Perspectives in Pedagogy IV
• PIA 581 Perspectives in Pedagogy I
• PIA 582 Perspectives in Pedagogy II
• PIA 583 Perspectives in Pedagogy III

Area of concentration:

• PIA 511 Piano Major Private Lesson
• PIA 512 Piano Major Private Lesson

Performance:

• PIA 631 Performance Practicum

• Comprehensive exam

For more detailed information about these courses, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/general-information/index-course-prefix-guide/course-index/graduate/pia/

Careers

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

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Collaborative Piano is offered as an MMus or a Postgraduate Diploma programme. - Advanced tuition in collaborative piano from leading professionals. Read more
Collaborative Piano is offered as an MMus or a Postgraduate Diploma programme.

Key Features

- Advanced tuition in collaborative piano from leading professionals
- Wide range of ensemble opportunities
- Specialist performance classes usually in the company of students from a range of related disciplines
- Attendance at vocal language classes and vocal coaching sessions
- Advanced training in chamber music
- Mentoring scheme with leading professionals

Key Features of all Postgraduate Programmes

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

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The Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate study in the Department of Music. Faculty, comprised of artists and scholars, foster an environment of active engagement with material, critical and conceptual investigations in production and performance. Read more
The Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate study in the Department of Music. Faculty, comprised of artists and scholars, foster an environment of active engagement with material, critical and conceptual investigations in production and performance. The M.Mus. program allows graduate students to concentrate in their chosen discipline and to synthesize their research into a unique and challenging Thesis Project. Exceptional facilities, integrated technical support, a lively community of arts and culture, and a commitment to academic and creative excellence are integral qualities of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Course detail

Building on our reputation for excellent undergraduate education in performance, composition, and digital audio arts, the Master of Music offers students the opportunity to join a dynamic community of experienced and active professional musicians and scholars. The MMus program combines advanced Studio or Digital Audio Arts instruction with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in areas that include:

•Audio engineering
•Composition (acoustic/electro-acoustic)
•Electronic instrument interfaces
•Interactive computer music
•Percussion
•Piano (solo/collaborative)
•Trumpet
•Violin
•Voice

It also involves master classes and lectures with visiting artists and numerous performance/recording opportunities on-campus and in the larger community of Lethbridge. Although grounded in classical music, students are encouraged to study broadly and synthesize their work into a personalized artistic expression. The MMus degree is a two-year, full-time program of applied and academic study. The University provides substantial financial support to all full-time graduate students. Additional scholarships are also available once entered into the program.

Located in the University of Lethbridge Centre for the Arts, the Music Department is supported by numerous practice facilities, a newly renovated recital hall with two Steinway D concert grand pianos and a Yamaha S6 handmade grand, Studio One (a world-class digital recording studio), a musical technology lab, and Audio Research Lab. A comprehensive university with solid undergraduate and growing graduate programs located a short drive from Calgary, the United States border, and the Rocky Mountains in the prosperous and culturally active city of Lethbridge, the U of L is committed to creativity, inquiry, and discovery. It values and supports research, scholarship, and creative work, and encourages students at all levels to become involved.

Areas of Study

Applications for the upcoming term have available supervisors in the following areas:

•Collaborative piano
•Conducting
•Composition
•French horn
•Piano
•Voice
•Violin

Why study at the University of Lethbridge?

As a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge, you’ll find yourself at the centre of a student-focused environment that nurtures innovation, critical thinking and creativity.

The University of Lethbridge is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and leading research institutions.

At the foundation of our graduate programs is a multidisciplinary and personalized experience. A collaborative environment is encouraged between faculty and students. This means you have flexibility in decisions regarding the research and learning path you take.

At the U of L, we are committed to helping every one of our students thrive. From aiding with financial support to one-on-one mentorship to individualized career advice, you’ll find support every step of the way.

When you graduate, you will have the confidence you need to succeed in whatever you do, whether that means pursuing further education, teaching in an academic setting or establishing a professional career.

We’re here to help as you find the answers to your questions. As Alberta’s Destination University, the U of L gives you room to think, create and explore, providing a university experience unlike any other.

How to apply

In order to apply, you will need to provide the following documentation:

• Academic Transcripts
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three Letters of Reference
• Letter of Intent
• English Language Proficiency (ELP)

All applications and supporting documents must be provided through the online portal: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/apply

Funding

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.uleth.ca/graduate-studies/master-arts/award-opportunities

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This course is for performers interested in live or recorded performance within classical or jazz styles. Throughout you’ll receive one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from our team of experienced tutors as part of a series of performance modules. Read more

This course is for performers interested in live or recorded performance within classical or jazz styles. Throughout you’ll receive one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from our team of experienced tutors as part of a series of performance modules. The course culminates with a final project, where you’ll prepare a performance, normally a high-profile public recital. Alongside your solo work you’ll develop your research, collaborative, ensemble and publicity skills.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

This course gives you, as a instrumental/vocal performer, the skills and opportunities to develop your individual and ensemble skills to a high level. You’ll undertake four modules over two trimesters and a double module in your third trimester.

You may explore areas of your own interest, which may relate to staff specialisms, such as opera (Garth Bardsley), early music and music of the Georgian period (Dr Matthew Spring), and romantic and early twentieth-century music (Dr Charles Wiffen), piano skills and improvisation (Thomas Whorley).

MODULES

In Performance 1, you’ll develop your performance skills and technique, and extend your repertoire. Alongside this the Research Methodologies and Context module gives you a thorough grounding in research methodology. Your development as a performer is supported by regular one-to-one lessons with a specialist teacher.

The Performance 2 module develops performance skills and repertoire while furthering your understanding of performance history and practice. You’ll also explore strategies for marketing yourself. You’ll have a choice of modules at this stage and the opportunity to work with peers and across subject boundaries.

You’ll have a choice of modules at this stage: Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Practice, Intercultural Musicology and Opera Studies.

The third trimester involves a Major Project for which you'll prepare a programme for a substantial public performance. The content and structure of this project is to be negotiated with course tutors.

For more information on modules, please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-music-performance/

TEACHING METHODS

Modules are normally taught through one-to-one lessons, seminars and practical workshops. These are supported by individual tutorials and online activity within the Virtual Learning Environment.

The Major Project involves student-directed work, with supporting tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons. We encourage you to make full use of library and IT resources, and time will be scheduled in studios and workstations labs for independent study, as appropriate.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

You’ll complete individual assignments for each module. Performance based modules (Performance 1, Opera Studies and Major Project) are assessed through performance on your instrument or voice, reflective commentaries on your process, or a lecture recital in the case of Performance 2. Intercultural Musicology and Research Methodologies and Context modules will be be assessed on written submissions.

For more information on assessment, please view the course handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-music-performance/

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Previous graduate destinations include:

• Doctoral studies at Durham University

• Freelance repetiteur and keyboard/continuo specialist

• Choir Director and Piano/Vocal Tutor

• Marines Conductor

• Opera Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

• Freelance classical and early music singer

Our graduates work in a wide range of performance-related areas such as:

• Orchestral performance

• Opera

• Conducting

• Choral direction

• Chamber music

• Accompaniment

• Session work

• Music promotion

• Record labels

• Broadcast media

• Instrumental teaching

• Group teaching

• Community music projects

• University lecturing



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

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

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The Master of Music in Composition and Creative Practice is designed to enable students to develop their compositional practice in a dynamic, rigorous and supportive creative environment. Read more

The Master of Music in Composition and Creative Practice is designed to enable students to develop their compositional practice in a dynamic, rigorous and supportive creative environment. It aims to provide training in a range of approaches, introducing tools and techniques relevant to today’s music making, and encouraging exploration, innovation and experimentation.

Why this programme

  • Students undertake a major portfolio of creative practice with an accompanying critical commentary, preparing them for compositional and musical careers.
  • Students have the opportunity of a placement with a musical or arts organisation, when available, and up-to-date research skills provision in digital arts.
  • We offer the opportunity to have your work performed by a professional ensemble, including an annual showcase of postgraduate work SoundThought.
  • Our facilities include a Concert Hall, three studios, an audio lab, and practice rooms. 
  • Provision of specialist tuition in creative industries and cultural policy at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research.
  • We have a range of modern and historical keyboard instruments including two Steinway Model D grand pianos, an 1840s Broadwood grand piano, a Classical forte-piano, and two harpsichords.
  • Other instruments owned by the School include a selection of percussion instruments, a consort of viols, Baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments. 
  • The Concert Hall is equipped with a diffusion system for the performance of electroacoustic music. 
  • As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has thriving music, performance and contemporary arts scenes. It is home to numerous orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, making it an outstanding place for compostional study.

Programme structure

The programme is comprised of three core courses (Composition, Digital and Creative Skills, Individual Creative Practice, and Composition Portfolio) as well as a series of optional courses to allow you to tailor our own bespoke structure. Options will include:

  • Creating with technology
  • Historically Informed Performance Practice
  • Introduction to Popular Music
  • Sonic Arts Aesthetics and Criticism
  • Music, Sound and Screen

There will also be opportunities to engage with interdisciplinary study, with courses available from other subjects within the School:

  • Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (Centre for Cultural Policy Research)
  • Festivals (Film and Television Studies)
  • Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts (History of Art)

Core teaching will be delivered during semesters 1 and 2. Over the summer months you will complete the core Composition Portfolio, to be submitted at the end of August.

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including seminars, one-to-one tutorials, and project work. 

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for careers in composition as well as equipping students more generally with skills necessary for careers in cultural industries (eg. arts administration and management). Additionally, this programme provides the necessary foundation for pursuing further research in composition in the form of a PhD.  



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The Musicology Masters at Glasgow presents a broad, multi-dimensional approach to Music as a key component of numerous contemporary cultural practices. Read more

The Musicology Masters at Glasgow presents a broad, multi-dimensional approach to Music as a key component of numerous contemporary cultural practices. Building on a thorough grounding in the methodological roots, you’ll be able to specialise in professional fields such as Sound and Music for Screen Media, Historically Informed Performance Practice, Popular Music Studies, Sonic Arts, and Creative Practice Research. A team of world-leading researchers collaborate to provide an up-to-date, interdisciplinary exploration of historiographical, analytical, sociological, and critical approaches, opening opportunities for reflection on a broad range of musical traditions, performing styles and recording media.

Why this programme

  • As a UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow is a unique centre of creative activity, from legendary music venues to classical orchestras and ensembles (e.g. Scottish Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra). Several of these ensembles contribute to our courses.
  • You’ll be taught by a highly diverse team of academics who collaborate closely across their distinct specialisms (i.e. History, Composition, Sonic Arts, Performance) in order to offer the most multi-dimensional critical approach to music in all its forms.
  • The School of Culture and Creative Arts, which also features world-leading research and practice in Film and TV Studies, Theatre Studies and History of Art, actively encourages interdisciplinary work, and offers numerous opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The School is also home to the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, known for world-leading research in creative industries and cultural policy.
  • Our facilities include a Concert Hall, three studios, an audio lab and several practice rooms. We have an excellent collection of modern and historical keyboard instruments including two Steinway Model D grand pianos, an 1840s Broadwood grand piano, a Classical forte-piano, and two harpsichords. Other instruments include a selection of percussion instruments, a consort of viols, Baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments.
  • The Musicology programme offers you the chance to undertake a work placement in a musical, cultural or arts organisation.

Programme structure

TYou’ll take:

  • Three core courses
  • Three optional courses

You’ll also write a dissertation and have the chance to take a work placement in a music or arts organisation.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Research Skills and Digital Musicology
  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Optional course

Semester 2: January to March

  • Current Issues in Musicology 
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

Dissertation

Career prospects

This programme prepares students for careers in the music and creative industries as well as related fields, such as media and broadcasting. Additionally, this programme provides the necessary foundation for pursuing further research in musicology in the form of a PhD.



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LEARNING OUTCOMES. Advanced technical development on your selected instrument or voice as required of a teacher of music performance. Read more

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Advanced technical development on your selected instrument or voice as required of a teacher of music performance
  • Professional level of expertise and competence as an instrumental or vocal music teacher
  • Develop a range of teaching approaches for the delivery of instrumental or vocal lessons that foster independent, reflective, motivated and cooperative learning

The Master of Music (Performance Teaching) is a specialist coursework degree, preparing graduates in Western classical and contemporary music as performer-teachers. Our graduates work as instrumental or vocal instructors in schools, studios, community programs, and in private provider and further education settings, both in Australia and overseas. 

The course has two specialisations:

  • The Instrumental Specialisation prepares students for school-based instrumental/vocal teaching, and includes three professional placements and a specific focus on conducting and orchestration.
  • The Studio Specialisation prepares students for private studio-based instrumental/vocal teaching, and includes two professional placements and a focus on instrumental pedagogy.

The course provides advanced music performance tuition, second instrument studies and ensemble participation alongside the pedagogy of performance teaching. Professional practice is completed in a variety of settings including community organisations, schools, studios and Suzuki classes and there is a range of elective subjects in the practical, theoretical and research areas.

The specialist pedagogical subjects, combined with individual lessons, will enable students to acquire a thorough understanding of teaching issues that are specific to music performance and of the various methods and approaches applied to teaching music performance at all levels.

In the final semester students choose between: 

  • Music performance,
  • Music performance research,
  • Conducting, or 
  • Suzuki music education (includes Primary Level Suzuki Teacher accreditation).

Specialist electives may include: Teaching Aural Musicianship, Applied Physiology for Musicians, Piano Pedagogy and Piano Repertoire.

Completing the Instrumental Specialisation in the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) will enable students to obtain advanced standing with a range of education providers, leading to Victorian Institute of Teaching registration after an additional period of study.

This course also offers a pathway into the PhD after completing the Professional Research Project elective.



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This unique three-year part-time Master's course can lead to registration as a music therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Read more
This unique three-year part-time Master's course can lead to registration as a music therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It also provides a popular route for international students looking to develop their qualifications.

It is open to capable musicians - from recent graduates to experienced professionals, or to music therapists with a postgraduate diploma looking to add to their skills and knowledge who can access a progression route. Even if you don't have a first degree in music, we still encourage you to apply provided you can demonstrate a capacity to write and think at Master's level. All candidates will need an intuitive and communicative musical presence on at least one instrument or voice, plus the ability to provide harmonic support using, for example, piano, keyboard or guitar.

Key benefits

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Course detail

There is an underlying humanistic and music-centred philosophy to the course, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning. We take a 'lifespan' approach, focusing on children and adolescents in the first year, and adults in the second year. In the third year, we focus on more complex areas of work, with both children and adults, such as work in palliative care or the prison and probation services.

The course equips you with the clinical, theoretical and practical skills required to enter the music therapy profession. Successful graduates will be able to work in the NHS, education, social services, for the voluntary sector, charities, within prisons, or set up their own practice.

The part-time, flexible nature of the course means you can fit Master's level studies around paid employment, and build or enhance your career in the process.

Course tutors, and teaching and research staff from across the department have excellent links with healthcare, community and education providers, and we regularly welcome visiting lecturers from these areas.

Personal development

Personal development runs throughout the course, and you must be prepared to undertake what may sometimes be challenging and rigorous explorations of your professional and personal issues and influences - excellent preparation for a music therapist. During the course, we ask you to be in confidential personal therapy with a suitably qualified therapist, for example, a creative arts therapist, a counsellor or psychotherapist. The number of hours is not specified, but the Health Professions Council requires you to have had substantive and sustained experience of personal therapy during the three years of the course (40 to 60 hours is recommended). Please note, this cost is not included in the programme fee.

There is also a counselling component within the professional practice modules. You will experience a music therapy training group facilitated by external music therapists. You will need to set aside regular time, beyond personal therapy and attending taught sessions, for reflection and study.

Year 1

• Music Therapy Professional Practice with Children and Young People
• Music Therapy Theory and Child Development

Year 2

• Music Therapy Professional Practice and Skills with Adults
• Music Therapy Theory and Practice in Adult Settings
• Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Year 3

• Music Therapy Advanced Professional Practice
• Dissertation in Psychology

Format

Teaching is based on lectures and seminars, small group practical sessions and individual tutorials. There is a strong experiential basis to the course, which is led by a team of experienced music therapists and complemented by visiting specialists from a range of related professions.

The course is highly flexible and attracts a diverse demographic, with musicians from many backgrounds - this allows for valuable peer-learning opportunities.

Assessment

We assess your work and progress through written essays, practice portfolios and viva presentations each year, and also one research exam, a microanalysis, a music practical and a research portfolio.

Careers / Further study

Completing the MA Music Therapy allows you to register with the HCPC, and start practising as a fully qualified music therapist.

Opportunities for Master's-qualified music therapists are diverse. Previous students have gone on to practice as HCPC-registered music therapists sometimes alongside other musical work such as performing and teaching and also apply their knowledge and expertise to positions in healthcare and education. Our links with music therapy experts and practitioners give excellent insights into future careers, and part of the course is geared towards helping you find placements, attract employers or set up your own practice.

You will need to submit all written work electronically and have access to the internet. You will also need your own recording equipment for use on placement.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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IN BRIEF. Taught by professional practitioners at all stages of your study. Compete for a variety of prizes including the Kirklees Composition Competition. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Taught by professional practitioners at all stages of your study
  • Compete for a variety of prizes including the Kirklees Composition Competition
  • Gain a breadth of professional musical experience
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

Our postgraduate degrees in music stand apart from similar courses due to the breadth of musical genres that they will expose you to. From rock and pop, to classical, jazz, electronic and other world styles, each genre is given equal precedence, and you will have a great opportunity to learn from each  tradition.

During your time with us, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with other students and you will learn from academics who are all practicing professional musicians at national and international levels.

On this exciting and challenging music course, you will have the opportunity to follow one of four specialist pathways:

  • Composition (C)    
  • Performance (P)    
  • Critical Musicology (CM)    
  • Interactive Music and Advanced Studio Production (IMASP).    

If you are keen to broaden your musical knowledge, you can also combine your specialist pathway with other pathways.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course begins with a shared 30-credit plenary module, you would then take another module dependent upon your specialist pathway. Semester 2 allows you to choose one 30-credit option outside of your chosen pathway alongside another 30-credit module from your specialist pathway. Semester 3 sees you working on a single 60-credit module; your Negotiated Final Project.

TEACHING

The course is delivered by way of lectures, seminars, masterclasses, supervision tutorials/instrumental lessons

ASSESSMENT

  • Examination
  • Coursework folio

EMPLOYABILITY

After completing the MA in Music people will find their professional skills to be considerably enhanced. We have found that this has enhanced career prospects in Music Education (Teachers/Lecturers), Arts Administration and as freelance Performers and Composers.

FURTHER STUDY

PGR options in Composition, Performance, Technology and Musicology

FACILITIES

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES

The Music Directorate houses 5 fully equipped professional recording studios with access to a variety of recording/performance spaces. We have created a creative and educational environment which aims to mirror contemporary professional studio practise. Our general philosophy is to facilitate the use of both analogue and digital recording platforms, software and hardware signal processing. All studios centre around a large format mixing desk which can feed hard disk recording systems and 24 track analogue tape machines. All studios make use of professional level outboard and software plugins as well as comprehensive balanced patch bays, giving students the opportunity to fully explore traditional signal routing, a skill vital to ones progression into professional practice.

REHEARSAL FACILITIES

The Music Directorate houses six 'amplified rehearsal rooms', each containing a vocal PA system, stage piano / keyboard, drum kit and back-line amplifiers for guitars, bass and keyboards / electronics. The equipment is sourced from a wide range of manufacturers such as Sonor, Sabian, Roland, Mackie, Yamaha, Line 6, Fender and many more. All of the equipment is maintained by our team of both full time and evening / weekend rehearsal suite supervisors.

We also encourage students to use their own equipment for rehearsals. To facilitate this we have an instrument storage facility where students can leave their equipment to avoid having to constantly transport it between lectures, seminars and accommodation. Students are free to store instruments, amplifiers, drum kit accessories on a short/mid term basis.

'The Band Room' is a large double height space with a modifiable acoustic characteristic. It is mainly used for large acoustic ensemble rehearsals, catering for our Big Band, Brass Bands, Adelphi Contemporary Music Group and Wind Band. It is also used for performance master classes and small concerts (capacity approx 80 - 100) with a two tier stage and 5kw PA system.

Specialist rooms for drum / percussion tuition and bass guitar tuition are located in this area. When these facilities are not in use by teaching staff the rooms can be booked for individual student practice. 

In addition to the facilities housed in the University we have a partnership with 'Blueprint Recording and Rehearsal Studios' (http://www.blueprint-studios.com). This world class facility is located just 10 minutes walk from the Adelphi campus and caters for any overspill from our own rehearsal rooms. Many students take 'block bookings' at Blueprint whilst working towards ensemble musicianship performance exams.

We also have a range of equipment for loan to students to enable them to put on their own events both inside and outside the University. This includes PA systems, amplifiers and drum kits.



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Support your career as a professional performer with Birmingham Conservatoire's post-Masters, Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance. Read more
Support your career as a professional performer with Birmingham Conservatoire's post-Masters, Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance. Choose one of five specialisms:

Instrumental performance
Vocal Performance
Collaborative Piano
Chamber Music Performance
Opera Repetiteur

Our Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (APD) is at 'post-masters level' and is therefore aimed at postgraduate performers who already have a masters degree and are beginning to accept professional level engagements. The course will help you to raise your performance standards to the next level, with highly specialised one-to-one tuition in the department most relevant to your specialism.

Assessment:

Three major assessments, normally in public performance conditions, plus a Professional Performer's Portfolio.

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About the course. Urban design professionals are in demand. We can help you develop design skills that will relate to a broader social, environmental and economic context, linking individual architectural projects and overall planning strategies. Read more

About the course

Urban design professionals are in demand. We can help you develop design skills that will relate to a broader social, environmental and economic context, linking individual architectural projects and overall planning strategies. The MA in Urban Design is a studio-based design programme with a strong emphasis on community participation. The aim is to address the challenges of uneven urban development, both locally and internationally.

Advance your career

Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.

Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd. With a post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.

Learn from experts

You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.

Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us fourth in the UK.

Explore your ideas

You’ll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.

Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing. You’ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working.

Core modules

Urban Design Project 1, 2 and 3; Urban Design Thesis Project; Participation in Architecture and Urban Design; History and Theory of Urban Design; Trajectories on Urban Design Practice; Urban Design Tools and Methods.

Examples of optional modules

Reflections of Architectural Education; Analysing Urban Context; Interactive Urban Visualisation Modelling; Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis; Parametric Architectural Geometry; Building Information Modelling, Management and Analysis.

Teaching and assessment

Studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars, workshops and traditional lecture modules. You’ll be assessed on course assignments and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.



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About the course. This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice. You’ll explore design processes and methodologies. Read more

About the course

This studio-based course will help you develop your own distinctive design practice. You’ll explore design processes and methodologies. There are opportunities to work on real-life projects with local and regional groups. You can take the course as a stand-alone MA or as preparation for a PhD via our PhD by Design programme.

Advance your career

Our graduates are architects, project managers, urban designers and client advisers.

Employers include the Olympic Park Legacy Company, Hawkins Brown, Renzo Piano Building Workshop and URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd. With a post-qualification degree, you could move on to a senior position or further academic research and teaching.

Learn from experts

You’ll be joining one of the largest and most diverse groups of full-time architecture academics in the country. Our staff come from the arts, physical and social sciences, and engineering. This connects our research to other disciplines and stimulates debate about the future of architecture.

Our international research projects shape policy and address public and professional needs. We integrate those projects with our teaching on courses that will develop your core skills. You’ll be encouraged to provide social and environmental solutions to the challenges of our time.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us fourth in the UK.

Explore your ideas

You’ll have access to a lot of specialist facilities. Our media unit has a range of audio-visual and environmental equipment including artificial sky for daylight simulation, a thermal imaging camera and a mixed reality imaging suite. We have our own photography studio, reprographics unit and 3D printers. There are design studios, research rooms and computer labs.

Our teaching is more than lectures and seminars. Our student-led design projects help you learn by doing. Working with real clients on real projects, you’ll discover the benefits of socially engaged design and collaborative working. The outcomes make a difference to communities.

Modules

Students registered for the MA in Architectural Design will attend specific Core Modules. Then, according to their major interest, they can choose one of three options.

Core Modules

Special Design 1 ‘Live Project’; Design Project 1 and 2; Reflections on Architectural Design; Thesis Design Project; Environment and Technology in Design

Option 1 - Theory and Research in Design + 1 Optional Module

Option 2 - Critical Spatial Theory + 1 Optional Module

Option 3 - Politics of Architecture and Urbanism + 1 Optional Module

Examples of optional modules

Reflections on Architectural Education; Conservation and Regeneration Principles and Approaches; Participation in Urban Design and Architecture; History and Theory of Urban Design; Reflection on Urban Design Practice; Principles of Building Physics for Sustainable Design; Building Environmental Simulation and Analysis; Renewable Energy; Parametric Architectural Geometry; Critical Application of Building Information Modelling.

Teaching and assessment

Learning is through studio-based design work with individual and group tutorials, block seminars and workshops, traditional lecture modules, live projects involving real clients and real community projects. You’ll be assessed on course assignments and examinations, design thesis and a dissertation.



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