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Masters degrees in Musical Performance offer advanced training in the artistic techniques for the composition and production of music pieces, usually for live performance.
Taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) degrees are typical for the field, though research-based MRes and MPhil programmes may also be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Music or Performance Studies.
Courses in this field allow you to increase your technical performance ability, whilst also broadening your knowledge of performance methodologies. Depending on your interests, your course may be more practise-based or taught in nature.
Typically, you will examine the sociocultural contexts surrounding Musical Performance, including the origins and developments of different genres through significant historical periods. Performances may include musical theatre and stage production, as well as ensemble pieces such as orchestra.
Alongside traditional techniques in sheet music and lyric writing, you will also explore contemporary techniques in digital composition and performance, including sonic art.
Traditional careers include roles such as producing, writing or composing of musical theatre, live art or traditional stage performance. Other careers include events management, teaching and academic writing.
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Already a strong musical performer, but looking to further your qualifications towards a career in performance and/or teaching? This course is ideal if you're looking to further your performance skills in the intellectual and creative environment of a university, rather than a conservatoire. Read more
This programme is designed for students who wish to specialise in performance while studying for an academic degree. Students have the unique opportunity to develop performance in specific Asian and African music traditions to professional standard. Read more
This Masters develops your technical and interpretive abilities as a performer, informed by an understanding of style, genre, context and interpretation, as well as historical and theoretical issues relevant to your specialist repertoire. Read more
The MMus in Popular Music Performance is a vibrant postgraduate course which combines the development of advanced performance, musicianship and instrumental talents with innovative academic skills. Read more
This course aims to create informed, skilled and insightful performers across a wide range of musical genres. It is ideal if you aspire to become a professional performer or are an instrumental teacher and would like to further develop your knowledge of music performance. Read more
The MA Music. Performance Practice Pathway prepares students for careers as performers and scholars. Students combine studies of contemporary performance with those of historical practice. Read more
We're proud to have been awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015 for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. Read more
The MA Music. Performance Pathway prepares students for careers as performers and educators, with an emphasis on advanced technique and stage performance. Read more
The School of Music, awarded All-Steinway status in 2017, brings together scholars, composers and performers in a purpose-built space on the University of Leeds campus.