-You're looking for a master's with a strong focus on practical music making
-You want the flexibility to develop your own compositional and research interests and develop your personal voice
-You want to gain professional skills through collaborating, rehearsing and networking with professional musicians
This course offers intensive training for composers and provides excellent preparation for doctoral work or a career in the professional world. With a strong focus on practical music making and supported by an outstanding programme of workshops and performances by professional musicians, it offers an invaluable opportunity for composers to hone their skills and develop their personal voice.
What makes us distinctive?
-Links to ensembles as an integral part of the course.
-Interaction with the music profession, including the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.
-Opportunities to develop professional skills, for example through collaborating, rehearsing and networking with professional musicians; learning to arrange/orchestrate; undertaking outreach opportunities; and collaborating in the creation of performances.
-Flexibility to develop your own compositional and research interests.
-Close ties with electroacoustic composers in NOVARS, and the flexibility to combine electroacoustic course units with those for instrumental and vocal composition.
-Integration into the active research culture of the University of Manchester
, through research seminars, performance workshops and concerts.
In addition to the submission of a final Portfolio of Compositions , all instrumental and vocal composition students take the core course unit Composition Project and the further compulsory taught course unit, Compositional Etudes. Optional course units normally include Contemporary Music Studies , Advanced Orchestration , Fixed Media and Interactive Music , Aesthetics and Analysis of Organised Sound , Historical or Contemporary Performance (subject to audition).
This programme aims to:
-Enable students to develop compositional techniques and professional skills appropriate to their creative needs.
-Enable students to work with both student and professional performers toward the performance of recently composed prices.
-Develop awareness of aesthetic, analytical and technical issues relating to contemporary Western art music.
-Encourage students to discuss with clarity and conviction issues relating to contemporary music.
-Enable students to compose several works worthy of public performance.
-Equip students with skills appropriate to the development of further postgraduate study on MPhil and PhD programmes.
Graduates of this programme have pursued successful careers in musical and non-musical fields. Many of them are continuing to achieve success as composers, in some cases receiving professional performances from soloists, ensembles and orchestras all over the world.
Others continue to further study via a PhD before securing an academic position. Some go on to teach in schools or further education, both in the UK and overseas. Other areas of work for which advanced musical training has been directly relevant include arts management and the culture industries, music publishing, music journalism, librarianship, music therapy and performance. Careers outside of music have included accountancy, law, social work and human resources.
Applicants should hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject (normally Music, or with music as a substantial component of the programme). In some circumstances (i.e. applicants with a scientific background or experienced professionals in the composition field), we may consider appropriate alternative routes to entry.