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About Musical Performance
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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Develop as a performer with stylistic awareness and an understanding of how to prepare for the concert platform. Individual lessons with esteemed teachers plus regular interaction with peers and other musicians in classes and coachings.
As a vocational training in instrumental or vocal performance skills, in orchestral performance skills, or in skills relevant to a development of musical theatre performance, the Advanced Performance programme is intended as a preparation for employment or further advanced training at postgraduate level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This flexible course will allow you to expand your repertoire and hone your skills as a performer; whilst you can focus entirely upon performance-based modules if you prefer, there are also options in other areas of musical study should you wish to explore those.
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.
This Masters will provide you with opportunities to develop insight and experience in historical performance practice of music.
As SOAS, our focus is to examine the media in all its forms, old and new, challenging the Eurocentric view and encouraging you to think more dynamically, rather than simply accepting traditional thinking.
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.