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Masters degrees in Popular Music offer practice-based and theoretical training in the genre of music classified as ‘Pop’, its relationship to the public, and its historical contexts.
Courses range from taught MA and MMus degrees, to research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Music or Performance Studies.
Depending on your interests, you may opt for a more vocation or theoretical Masters, either training to become a Pop singer professional, or undertake further critical study of the role of Popular Music.
The courses are often multidisciplinary in nature, combining theory from communication and cultural studies, alongside contemporary practice. Theoretical courses will offer the opportunity to explore the sociocultural and sociohistorical contexts of Pop Music, its culture, and its dissemination through the media.
Practical courses will offer training in vocal techniques, analyse the process of music production, and also explore concepts such as pastiche and simulacrum theory in relation to music composition.
As well as performing, careers can include song writing and composing, studio production or practice, stage management or music coaching.
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Why MA Popular Music Practice?. Achieve academic recognition in an area of music that interests you. Stand apart from others in your chosen field and lead the discussion in contemporary music. Read more
The MA in Music (Popular Music Research) engages with scholarly debates and public controversies around popular music, while examining and developing both traditional and innovative ways of researching popular music. Read more
This unique contemporary music masters facilitates engagement in all styles and genres of contemporary music practice. Individual artist development lies at the core, supporting you to progress into today’s competitive music industry. Read more
https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/. All our MA programmes are designed to provide knowledge and skills in practice-based research, as well as giving you experience of current research practices in various areas of critical and analytical thinking. Read more
This course will enable you to study popular music from a practical perspective with an emphasis on studio-based work. At Kingston, our unique facilities include recording studios, rehearsal rooms, a synthesis/sampling lab - and the analogue/digital hybrid . Read more
This is a modular course leading to the award of MA in Popular Music. The course will be of interest to those concerned with the exploration of all aspects of performance, songwriting and composition or popular music studies. Read more
Celebrate, explore, develop, innovate and magnify your capabilities as a . music producer, a sound engineer, a practising electronic music artist, a performer, a composer, a sonic artist or an artistic practitioner . 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 programme expects to attract entrants who have a background in the subject or a related subject area, acquired through previous study (a bachelor's degree with honours or equivalent) and entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate's ability to succeed in the programme. . Read more