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  Musical Leadership MA


York St John University    The School of the Arts

Full time & Part time September MA 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time
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Unleash your potential with the Musical Leadership MA at York St John University. This innovative programme empowers you to become a versatile musical leader, equipped to excel in any ensemble setting. Through a blend of practical training and critical analysis, you will develop bespoke strategies tailored to the unique characteristics of each ensemble, from genre to cultural context. The course structure allows for full-time or part-time study, with a focus on enhancing your ability to analyse ensemble contexts, implement effective leadership strategies, and reflect on your practice. With a strong emphasis on individualised learning, small class sizes, and access to specialist resources like rehearsal and acoustic spaces, you will be guided by experienced professionals to refine your skills and adapt your practices. Entry requirements include a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject or relevant professional experience, with interviews conducted to assess readiness for graduate-level practice. Stand out in the music industry with a postgraduate qualification that opens doors to diverse career opportunities.

About the course

Become a musical leader who can adapt to any ensemble scenario, strengthening your ability to develop and prepare ensembles in any context.

Build on your existing skills in leading ensembles in this practical and critical course. Through evaluation and critique, you will establish bespoke strategies for working with ensembles that resonate with their genre, goals, demographics, instrumentation, cultural location, and more. Learn how to craft specific responses to the needs of your ensembles, including a range of rehearsal strategies.

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Entry Requirements

2:2 honours degree in a related subject

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking
You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.


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Scholarships

Alumni who graduated in 2019, 2020 or 2021 from full or part time study at York St John University or one of our Partner Colleges on a postgraduate course can also receive a scholarship for one of our research degrees.

If you were awarded, you can get

Distinction 50% reduction in fees
Merit 35% reduction in fees

These scholarships apply to both our postgraduate taught and research courses (see exclusions below). They apply to courses at our York or London campuses.
These scholarships do not apply to our Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Professional Doctorate in Counselling or any of our PCGE courses.
The Progression scholarship cannot be combined with the Alumni scholarship fee reduction.

Eligibility

Alumni who graduated from full or part time study at York St John University or one of our Partner Colleges in 2019, 2020 or 2021 can get a scholarship to cover their postgraduate course fees. The scholarship you can get is based on your undergraduate degree award.

If you were awarded, you can get

1st class honours 50% reduction in fees
2:1 (upper second class honours) 35% reduction in fees
2:2 (lower second class honours) 20% reduction in fees


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Applying for these scholarships
These scholarships are automatically awarded when our alumni apply to eligible courses. You do not need to make an additional application.

If you have any questions about these scholarships, or feel that a fee reduction has not been correctly applied to your course, please contact our Admissions team at admissions@yorksj.ac.uk.

Eligibility

All of our alumni can get a 10% reduction in their postgraduate course fees. It does not matter when you graduated.

The Alumni Scholarship does not apply to our Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc or the Professional Doctorate in Counselling.

The Alumni scholarship cannot be combined with the Progression scholarship.

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