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The MA Music: Performance Practice Pathway prepares students for careers as performers and scholars. Students combine studies of contemporary performance with those of historical practice. This pathway differs from the Performance Pathway in that it incorporates a more substantial academic component, representing an ideal training model for future performer-scholars.
Full time staff include Director of Performance Ceri Owen, an award-winning collaborative pianist and scholar, and scholar-performer and early music conductor Andrew Kirkman. They join forces with Simon Halsey, renowned chorus master of the CBSO and Berlin Radio Choir, and orchestral conductor Daniele Rosina, plus instrumental and vocal lessons arranged with the faculty of the Royal Birmingham
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We usually ask for a good Honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in Music or a related subject with a substantial musical component. Degrees in other subjects will be considered where candidates have significant professional musical experience and relevant qualifications.
Why did you choose Music at the University of Birmingham?
“I chose to study the Music MA course at the University of Birmingham because of the excellence of its academic staff and the quality of their publications. The music department has high-qualified scholars dedicated to research topics such as nationalism, ethnomusicology and modernism; the same areas that I was interested in going in-depth. For that reason, I regarded that the University of Birmingham was the perfect place to continue with my studies.”
What have you learnt from your programme?
“The Music MA programme help me to develop critical thinking about music. We usually assume music as something important in our life, but we are not generally aware of the meanings and values that are involved in different musical practices. Thanks to my programme, I had the opportunity to learn about the most relevant musicological theories. Now, I am well prepared to study a variety of musical phenomena and understand the fundamental role of music in the mode that we create our reality.”
What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?
“Being a postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham means to be part of a strong and supportive community. As an international student, I was concerned about how it would be my life in Birmingham. But here I found a committed staff that helped me to solve all my doubts and problems. Additionally, the University’s facilities are world-class. Not only did I find beautiful green areas, impressive buildings and well-prepared classrooms, but also one of the best libraries that I have seen. To have access to the catalogue of the Cadbury Research Library has been a privilege. Studying at the University of Birmingham has been one of the best experiences of my life.”
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