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Master of Music

Course Description

The aim of the course is to train musicians in the art of choral conducting; to instruct them in diverse aspects of the history and practice of choral music; to provide the technical skills required to work with historic repertoires and, for organists, to develop organ playing skills as both soloist and accompanist; to facilitate research into and performance of new or little-known choral repertoire; and to give students the experience of observing and working with the collegiate Chapel choirs.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/mumummchs

Course detail

Graduates will be fully equipped to work as choral conductors, and have a good understanding of the discipline of choral training, relating both to adult and young voices. They will also have acquired a good knowledge of the way choral music works within the liturgy of the church and other historical and technical issues. Graduates will have developed their writing skills as well as their practical skills. They will also have developed specific skills by completing two of three optional tasks: the writing of an extended essay, the editing of early choral music, or a performance in the form of either an organ recital, or continuo performance on organ and harpsichord, or a choral recital conducted by the candidate.


Regular choral conducting tuition in the form of small classes and workshops/masterclasses with choir; seminars; aural classes.

Written feedback is provided for all assessed work. Oral feedback is provided during and after coaching sessions and seminar presentations.


May be available with college choirs by agreement with the Course Director.


- 2 essays (compulsory) - 3,500 words each
- 1 extended essay (optional) - 7,000 words
- editing project (optional) - typically the equivalent of a Renaissance mass, plus commentary and editorial notes of 1,000 words

- 1 choral conducting exam (compulsory) - 30 minutes
- 1 choral project, including recital (compulsory) - 25 minutes
- 1 keyboard exam; continuo or recital (optional) - 30 minutes

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the Master of Music page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. Find University Minimum Academic Requirements here View Website

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