This course aims to create informed, skilled and insightful performers across a wide range of musical genres. It is ideal if you aspire to become a professional performer or are an instrumental teacher and would like to further develop your knowledge of music performance. You will receive individual tuition on your instrument or voice from a top professional performer.
Key features -You will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your performance skills through one-to-one tuition, masterclasses, recitals and ensemble participation. -Facilities include a large rehearsal and performance space with supporting recording equipment, an extensive collection of musical instruments and a fully networked IT environment. -You will have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international performers and composers - such as Stephen Coombs, Jane Manning, Steve Martland, Judith Weir, Steve Goss, Howard Skempton, Arditti String Quartet, Brian Ferneyhough - and take part in events with a range of performers from different backgrounds.
What will you study?
You will cover issues of performance practice, preparation of performance, aesthetics of music performance, analysis for performers, the psychology of performance, and performance presentation. You will also be asked to critique and evaluate your own performances, and will undertake a performance-based project. A range of option modules allows you to develop your skills in related topics, such as composition, conducting, arranging and ensemble performance.
A variety of assessment methods is used, including a major public performance recital; a portfolio of presentational and promotional materials; essays, critiques and critical reviews; and a position paper, presentations and research paper.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Critical Reflection on Musical Performance -Major Project -Performance Studies -Researching Music
Optional modules -Advanced Production of Popular Music -Composing and Marketing Popular Music -Constructing Music Education in the UK -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 -The Psychology of Music -The Studio Musician
"I can't speak highly enough of my time as a postgraduate at Kingston. For me, it was a time of not only discovery, but also rediscovery of a self that I had forgotten about, and had never really taken the time to explore when I was a student way back in the eighties.
"As a mature student, with a family and work commitments, the staff were wonderfully friendly and supportive. The outcome of the course exceeded all my expectations, culminating in an exciting day at the Royal Albert Hall, where I celebrated my MA in great style with my octogenarian parents and eight year-old son."
A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred). We will ask applicants to submit a CD or DVD of two contrasting performances, and may ask for the submission of relevant written work.
Recipient: Kingston University
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