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About the course


This challenging course will allow you to expand your repertoire and hone your skills as a performer, while giving you the confidence to apply critical approaches to the study of music and its performance.

You’ll work with our experienced and talented specialist teachers to develop your repertoire. You’ll learn to interpret music sensitively, injecting your own personality without neglecting the historical style of each work. Not only will you perform regularly throughout the year, but you’ll work towards your own recitals and work on your own solo or ensemble project.

To put your performance into context, you’ll study a module focused on researching performance and also have a choice of optional modules offered across the School of Music. You could study composition, musicology,

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in music or a related subject.

We may also consider relevant professional experience instead of formal musical qualifications, if you can demonstrate a good level of musical understanding or practical experience when you apply.

Where is University of Leeds


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Kate Stevens

When studying my undergraduate degree I gained a passion for classical singing. I wanted to learn more about the art of performing so that I could then pass this on to others through teaching and conducting, as well as applying what I would learn to my own performances.

When I was applying for MA courses I looked at Leeds because of the area that it is situated in, having the city life, but also having countryside only a short drive away. I was also interested in Leeds because of its ties with Opera North.

I enjoyed the performance classes, but I think the module Applied Performance was my favourite as you were free to choose what pieces to study. I chose to use the Leeds University Union Opera Society production of The Magic Flute for this module, playing the role of ‘Pamina’. It was so much fun to be a part of and I got to meet new people, from beyond the music department.


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