Master of Arts (MA) in Music

Who is this programme for?

Our MA Composition/Ensemble/Jazz/Music Performance/Performer-Composer programme is designed for those who wish to develop their skills as performers and composers, and to become informed and engaged musicians. It aims to equip students with the musical skills, insight and experience necessary to engage with the contemporary profession in its widest sense but with a focus on the Western art music and jazz traditions (the jazz pathway offers discrete comprehensive specialist training).

The MA programme can be taken on a full-time basis for two years or a part-time basis over four years (for 2016/17 entry onwards).

Programme Content

  • You will receive individual principal study tuition, offered in a range of disciplines, as part of the Professional Studies module. Where appropriate, you may also receive tuition in related or supporting instruments/disciplines such as jazz, doubling instruments or early music
  • You will also participate in department specific classes which are designed to give further support to your progress as performers or composers
  • The programme offers a wide variety of performance opportunities focusing on skills applicable to both traditional and less traditional ensembles, and community and outreach work.
  • You will undertake an intensive Research Lab module which provides a foundation for Masters-level critical thinking to underpin all aspects of your programme
  • The programme also offers a range of elective options, through which you will be able to develop and explore subjects appropriate to your developing artistic profile and which will enhance your employability in the professional world. These options will usually include:

    Arranging and Musical Techniques
    Creative Leadership
    Digital Musician
    Music Now
    Music Pedagogy for the 21st Century
    Musical Direction
    Psychology in Music Performance
  • In your second year of full-time study (or third and fourth years if studying part-time), you will have the opportunity to develop your skills and interests, particularly as these relate to your principal study, in the core Entrepreneurial Musician module.
  • You will also take part in Trinity Laban's unique Collaboration Lab (CoLab). This is an exceptional learning space in which you will be encouraged to take creative risks and explore the boundaries of your art form in collaboration with staff and students from across Trinity Laban, leading artists from across the artistic spectrum and many of our professional partner organisations.

For more details see the Programme Specification or contact Sophie Fuller.