Masters degrees in Folk Music offer advanced study of traditional and revived forms of Folk Music and culture.
Taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) are typical for the field. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Music or Performance Studies.
Depending on your interests, these courses may have a more practical or more theoretical focus. All disciplines do usually combine each form of study, identifying both academic and vocational approaches to Folk traditions.
Alongside an analysis of Folk traditions, you will also develop your performance skills through interpretation of performances and the composition of your own music. For example, you might cross-examine the social and cultural contexts of traditional folk music and reflect this through lyric writing. Or, you might explore how musical performance, such as ensemble, constructs identity and culture.
As well as becoming a traditional Folk Music performer, there are many other careers which you could undertake. These could include stage management for a variety of music shows and festivals, dance choreography, or even teaching.
Music at Aberdeen is world renowned and has been taught since Bishop Elphinstone founded the university in 1495. If you want to develop your musical interests at Master's level as a new graduate or returner, or if you want to improve and challenge your musical skills as part of your professional development the Mmus Music is an ideal programme of study for you. You are taught by known world renowned performers and composers within the music world including Professor Paul Mealor, and you are encouraged to start performing immediately to then start to specialise and find out what you most enjoy.
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You can study orchestration and composing for choirs, and renaissance music, words and music, contemporary opera. These areas may help you advance your musical career within teaching, performing, advising and working for specific musical productions as a freelancer. You may decide to write music for choirs and help them perform your works or you may decide to work internationally within opera companies. With Words and Music you can study any composers and genres to then go on to work in the West End, a specific niche area of music or as an individual performer.
You develop your skills in composition, musicology and performance with further specialising to allow you to continue to develop research in the department. Career progression includes global musical outlets.
Music Research Skills
Music Research Seminar Series
Words and Music
Contemporary European Opera
Electroacoustic Composition: the Voice and the Machine
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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.
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