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This course offers a wealth of performance opportunities and introduces you to a wide range of musical studies at an advanced level. You’ll study with one of our expert professional instrumental/vocal teachers and with the guidance of our resident repetiteur and experienced performance staff to develop your skills in technical proficiency, presentation and interpretation in musical performance.
You are also encouraged and supported to take an interest in performance research to enhance your musical and artistic development. Through individual lessons, performance classes and masterclasses, you’ll prepare and perform a recital as the major part of your course, and explore the challenges of performing a large-scale musical structure through the concerto/song-cycle/extended work
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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.
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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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