This postgraduate programme provides an ideal bridge to the music profession for advanced students who have already completed a master's degree.
The programme is suitable for advanced postgraduates who have already completed a Masters degree or PG Diploma and who wish to take their already strong skills to the highest possible level. It aims to equip students with the necessary musical skills, insight and and experience required by the contemporary profession in its widest sense but with a focus on the Western Classical and Jazz traditions; the Jazz pathway offers discrete comprehensive specialist training.
This is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Level 7 programme which enables graduates to create music as instrumentalists, vocalists or composers at a highly professional and employable standard. You will have established a secure artistic personality and developed a range of sophisticated professional skills. As an emerging artist you will have created music – solo, small and large ensemble – in a variety of settings and in relation to a range of audiences. You will have gained understanding of the music profession and its audiences in contemporary society. Through your understanding of audience you will develop collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurial skills in support of a professional career. The programme prepares you to communicate at the highest levels as an artist through your instrument/voice/compositions and to engage audiences through informed discussion and text where appropriate.
This programme comprises compulsory ‘core’ modules designed to develop students’ individual technical and interpretative skills in their principal study discipline through one-to-one and group tuition, as well as through a wide range of departmental and cross-department solo, small group/chamber music, and large ensemble activities, in which settings you will be able to develop a range of artistic and related skills relevant to their professional aspirations. In addition you will undertake an intensive research module which provides a foundation for Masters level critical thinking to underpin all aspects of the programme; the programme also offers a range of ‘Electives’, 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.
The programme is designed to allow the skills and experience of the individual student to flourish and for new skills and insights to be gained. The programme is structured to enable progressive development through the material studied and the assessments undertaken, leading to your increased autonomy and independence as a learner, in preparation for professional life and/or study at Level 8.
- The Professional Studies module will be at the core of your learning experience. You will work with your instrumental, vocal or composition teacher and Head of Department to create a personalised route through the module, combining individual and small group tuition with major performance opportunities in both chamber and large ensemble contexts
- All students benefit from intensive individualised tuition in their Principal Study discipline. Each instrumental and vocal student receives one hour of one to one tuition each week enhanced by regular small group lessons/classes
- Individual Principal Study Enhancement lessons on a related, complementary or doubling instrument. Vocal students typically dedicate their Principal Study enhancement time to vocal coaching. Composition students receive a balanced combination of individual and small group lessons, and are encouraged to dedicate their Principal Study enhancement lessons to instrumental or vocal training, or pursuit of a complementary discipline such as music technology or conducting.
- You will also develop a Professional Portfolio. Personalised career tutorials and our professional mentor scheme will enable you to develop as a versatile and rounded musician, well equipped for the challenges of the music profession.
- The Advanced Diploma also provides access to Trinity Laban's unique Collaboration Lab (CoLab), 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
Learning takes place through a blend of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study. Instrumental, composition, or vocal tuition is the central element of the provision, consisting of individual one-to-one learning, group tuition, rehearsals, workshops, seminars and masterclasses. Students will develop and contextualize their individual tuition within a broad range of solo, small-group/chamber, and large-ensemble activities. Visiting artists, ensemble directors and lecturers expose the students to a variety of views and approaches current within the profession.
The programme aims to enable you to develop independent learning strategies for lifelong learning. Your tutors will regularly encourage you to reflect on learning and to formulate personal programmes of study and targets for learning.
Certain modules/components in the programme may involve you studying with another student or students in a collaborative way (e.g. with other musicians, dancers or other artists in a working relationship). This may involve you working alongside, and/or undertaking leadership or supervisory responsibilities for other (possibly undergraduate) students engaged in projects with you as, for example, assistant directors or performers. Collaboration is considered to be at the heart of professional artistic life and, as such, opportunities such as these represent valuable learning experiences.
The Professional Project places a significant responsibility on the learner, and shifts the role of the tutor to that of a mentor or facilitator.
This programme assumes 1,200 learning and teaching hours with at least 350 hours average contact time.
Our graduates go on to follow careers in solo, ensemble and orchestral performance, composition and arranging, creative project work, instrumental/vocal teaching, community project work, collaborative projects with other media/art forms, postgraduate performance/composition study, other related postgraduate study or PGCE.
Assessment methods as far as possible mirror professional contexts. In the assessment for ‘Professional Studies’ performance/composition activities will include a combination of solo, chamber/small ensemble, large ensemble and technical work. These will be supplemented by written/oral assignments requiring critical reflection on a range of contextual matters (the wider profession, audience, the concept of the informed performer etc). Other programme components, including CoLab and the Professional Project will feature a blend of written and practical assessment methods (including, but not exclusive to essay, analysis, composition, improvisation, performance, editions etc.) arrived at through negotiation between the student and tutor depending on the material under consideration.
- A recognised Postgraduate Diploma or Masters Degree;
- Or an equivalent qualification. Equivalent entry qualifications or professional experience may be considered for entry to the programme, subject to completing the Institution’s RPL procedures.
Applicants must demonstrate through the application, audition and interview procedure the potential to carry out detailed investigations of topics in which they have a particular interest, and to communicate their ideas coherently and effectively to others.
Fees and Finance
Fees for this course can be found on our current Music Fees (Please note that fees for Vocal Studies students are listed separately on this table).
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to government policy. Fees may increase by up to 5% each year.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
|UCAS||602F (Full-time) / 602P (Part-time)|
|Location||King Charles Court|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time)|
|Start Date||September 2019|
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