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Music Performance (PGDip)

Course Description

This brand new programme for 2014 entry is perfect for those with an interest in developing an already strong performance profile towards a career in performance and/or teaching. If you are looking for the rich and varied intellectual and creative environment offered by a university, as opposed to a conservatoire, this could be the programme for you.

You will work towards a final recital performance, with the support of group seminars and individual tuition on your instrument or voice. You will be able to study individually either with our excellent Royal Holloway-affiliated performance teachers, or an external teacher of your choice, subject to agreement with the Music department.

You will also take two courses from a list of elective options available to our Masters students in any given year.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/music/coursefinder/pgdipmusicperformance.aspx

Why choose this course?

- your choice of professor is not limited to a single institution: you can make arrangements with any (usually London-based) professor of your choice who is prepared to work with you

- take advantage of the department's exeptionally rich environment for developing performance styles - our undergraduate curriculum is particularly vibrant and diversified, providing a highly stimulating atmosphere in which to work

- Royal Holloway's campus offers a very rich creative environment beyond Music, with connections to be made in Drama, Creative Writing and Media Arts, among others

- we are extremely well-connected: the department and Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences have strong links with the music and creative industries (performance and media institutions in particular)

- benefit from the chance to draw on scholarly advice and sources to create innovative programmes

- you will be joining the top Music department in the UK (Research Assessment Exercise, 2008), boasting the only Regius Professorship bestowed by HRH The Queen in the entire field of Arts & Humanities.

Department research and industry highlights

- 'El Sistema: music as social action in Venezuela' (Dr Geoff Baker)

- 'Partcipatory Research and Learning in the Performing Arts' (Dr Henry Stobart and Professor Tina K. Ramnarine)

- 'Virtual sounds: New music-scapes in the Chinese diaspora' (Dr Shzr Ee Tan)

- 'The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the politics of western art music in 21st century Israel Palestine' (Professor Rachel Beckles Willson)

Course content and structure

Core course units:
- Recital (80 credits) MU5539

Elective course units:
- two elective (20 credits each) to be selected from the existing MMus programme Read more

On completion of the course graduates will have:
- increased experience in performance
- new skills in building programmes
- new perspectives on performance (historically, analytically or culturally)
- enhanced writing skills (if electives are chosen in which writing is emphasised).


Formative assessment will be provided during the programme, in the context of one-to-one performance tuition and seminars, as well as classes and individual tutorials.

Summative assessment will be made of the final recital, and of further submissions as part of the electives (a combination of further performances and written work).

Employability & career opportunities

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different music-related areas, including careers as music teachers, composers and musicians.

This programme also equips you with a solid foundation for continued Masters/PhD studies.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

Visit the Music Performance (PGDip) page on the Royal Holloway, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UG degree in Music, Performance with a mark of II(i) in the Performance component. Candidates will only be offered places following audition. Alternatives will not normally apply, however the department welcomes all enquiries. IELTS 6.5 overall with 7 in Writing and minimum of 5.5 in each subscore.

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