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MA Music Performance

Course Description

This is a practical performance-based MA where you will demonstrate your critical awareness of current practice in your own specialist area through your playing or singing.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/ma-music-performance

Course detail

This can only be done with a fluent level of technical and expressive skill and the range of support included for the development of performance skills is extensive, including weekly individual tuition in your instrument or voice, group performance skills development each week, masterclass attendance at Chichester and at other institutions, ensemble participation, and a consultation with an external specialist each semester.

This process ensures that the regular support you receive from teachers who are familiar to you is complemented by invaluable exposure to other professional views and experience of different institutions.

Students study the work of specialists in their own performance field, develop a lecture recital and research relevant areas of repertoire and performance practice. The dissertation takes the form of a recital, presented at the beginning of the following academic year.

Indicative Course Content

This course is modular and indicative taught modules are:

• Lecture Recital
• Portfolio Experience
• Recital (Double Module)
• Written Exercise (Performance Practice)
• Written Exercise (Repertoire).


To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students need to complete the Portfolio Experience and Lecture Recital Modules.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma students must have completed and passed two of the three strands.

To gain an MA students need to have successfully completed all modules, including the Recital double module.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue. The Music department have access to several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centrepiece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Visit the MA Music Performance page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Music degree - 2:2 orAny other degree plus a Dip ABRSM orAny other degree plus extensive and documented performance experience.

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