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Music Performance MMus

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Music Performance MMus

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. You will receive individual tuition on your instrument or voice from a top professional performer.

Key features

You will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your performance skills through one-to-one tuition, masterclasses, recitals and ensemble participation.

Facilities include a large rehearsal and performance space with supporting recording equipment, an extensive collection of musical instruments and a fully networked IT environment.

You will have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international performers and composers - such as Stephen Coombs, Jane Manning, Steve Martland, Judith Weir, Steve Goss, Howard Skempton, Arditti String Quartet, Brian Ferneyhough - and take part in events with a range of performers from different backgrounds.

What you will study

You will cover issues of performance practice, preparation of performance, aesthetics of music performance, analysis for performers, the psychology of performance, and performance presentation. You will also be asked to critique and evaluate your own performances, and will undertake a performance-based project. A range of option modules allows you to develop your skills in related topics, such as composition, conducting, arranging and ensemble performance.


A variety of assessment methods is used, including a major public performance recital; a portfolio of presentational and promotional materials; essays, critiques and critical reviews; and a position paper, presentations and research paper.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Major Project
Performance Studies
Researching Music
The Philosophy of Musical Performance

Optional modules

Constructing Music Education in the UK
International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television
Current Debates in Music Education
Jazz Studies
Live Performance
The Psychology of Music
The Studio Musician

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

The Music Performance MMus includes three dedicated performance modules, each with a distinctive focus - Aesthetics of Musical Performance; Performance Studies; and Psychology of Musical Learning, Communication and Expression.

The curriculum is enriched by the eclectic view we take of musical styles and genres at Kingston, exploiting the diversity of a repertoire encompassing western classical music, popular and world musics.

You have the opportunity to develop and enhance your performance skills through one-to-one tuition, masterclasses, recitals and ensemble participation.

You will also enhance your research and project development skills by undertaking a related study and presenting it in the form of a paper. Core modules teaching research, project planning and development skills will support your preparation of the paper.

You can further tailor the course to your own interests by choosing an optional module from a wide range of music topics and/or closely related subjects.
You undertake a variety of forms of assessment, including a major public performance recital; a portfolio of presentational and promotional materials; essays, critiques and critical reviews; and a position paper, presentations and research paper.
We offer a part-time option to enable you to complete your MMus alongside other commitments

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Music Performance MMus page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lis Lewis

"I can't speak highly enough of my time as a postgraduate at Kingston. For me, it was a time of not only discovery, but also rediscovery of a self that I had forgotten about, and had never really taken the time to explore when I was a student way back in the eighties.

"As a mature student, with a family and work commitments, the staff were wonderfully friendly and supportive. The outcome of the course exceeded all my expectations, culminating in an exciting day at the Royal Albert Hall, where I celebrated my MA in great style with my octogenarian parents and eight year-old son."


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Good honours degree in music (may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred). Applicants should submit a CD or DVD of two contrasting performances, and we may ask for submission of relevant written work. Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), it may be possible to consider a degree in subject other than music or advanced study in conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu.

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