MA Music Education and Performance

Who Is This Programme For?

The MA in Music Education and Performance programme is designed for any student wishing to pursue an active career as both a professional musician and a teacher or educator. It aims to equip you with the necessary musical skills, insight and experience required by the contemporary profession in its widest sense, with a focus on the artist in educational settings, from instrumental and/or vocal teaching to workshop leading.

In 2017-18, this programme can be taken on a full-time basis for one year or a part-time basis over two years.

Programme Content

  • Compulsory 'core' modules designed to develop your individual technical and interpretative skills in your principal study discipline through one-to-one and group tuition.
  • A wide range of departmental and cross-department solo, small group/chamber music, and large ensemble activities, to develop a range of artistic and related skills relevant to your professional aspirations.
  • An intensive research module in pedagogy which provides a foundation for Masters level critical thinking to underpin all aspects of the programme.
  • You will also choose two out of three pedagogy-related 'Specialist Options,' through which you will be able to develop and explore pedagogical principles and practice in depth, enabling you to develop your teaching skills, understand and explore the philosophy of practice, and enhance your employability prospects within the profession.

The MA in Music Education and Performance has just been successfully revalidated, and from September 2017 will be a four-term (full-time) and seven-term (part-time) programme. Read more information about the 2017-18 programme.

For more details, please contact Tim Palmer.

What Next?

The programme enables graduates to pursue a professional career in music as instrumentalists, vocalists or composers. On completion of the award you will have developed a secure artistic personality and consolidated a range of performance, teaching and leadership skills. As an emerging teacher-artist you will have created music in a variety of settings, with a range of participants of different abilities, and in relation to a range of audiences. You will also have gained an understanding of the role of the musician in the contemporary education infrastructure. Through your practice in music performance, teaching and learning you will develop collaborative and entrepreneurial skills in support of a professional career.

What Do I Need To Apply?

  • Undergraduate Degree/Diploma (2:1 pass normally is the minimum accepted). Equivalent qualifications and/or relevant prior experience may be considered.
  • Some evidence of engagement with music education is expected, or a clear articulation of why you want to develop skills in this area. The personal statement should demonstrate some critical awareness of significant issues and debates in music education.

How Do I Apply?

All applications are made online via the UCAS Conservatoires using UCAS Conservatoire Code: T75 and UCAS Course Code: 805F (Full-time) OR UCAS Course Code: 802P (Part-time).