Masters degrees in Jazz equip students with the skills to analyse, interpret and compose a variety of Jazz performances and genres.
Taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) programmes are typical for the field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Music.
A Masters in this field is an ideal way to boost your skills in musical Jazz techniques, as well as your overall knowledge of the historical and sociocultural influences of Jazz.
Through examinations of critical literature and performances, you will scrutinise a range of traditional and reformed Jazz styles, including blues, contemporary practices and ‘theatrical’ Jazz for stage performances and other art forms.
Consideration is also given to adaptations and interpretations of different styles into Jazz, across different time periods and cultures. You will usually interpret these adaptations into your own work, allowing you to appreciate the crossovers and similarities between different Jazz genres. You will also learn about the industry, particularly its global economic stance and historical development.
Careers can involve not only performance, but roles in theatre management and directing of live and recorded performances.
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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