A Masters degree is an academic degree awarded to individuals who successfully denote a higher level of expertise. There are two main types of Masters - taught and research.
Strive For a graduate degree in music can serve you to increase further experience in performance, composition, production, or managing, and it can also open doors for unconventional teaching opportunities.
In all, there are over 4000 Higher Education Institutions in Europe offering a wide range of courses at Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate level. With more and more of these organizations offering English as the language of education for at least some of their degree programs, universities in Europe are now of higher quality than ever before. Universities in Europe offer a friendly welcome to foreign students and to give a course of knowledge that meets their profession needs in today’s global demand.
Masters Program in Europe Music
Commercial success and a sustained career in the music industry both depend increasingly on an artist’s ability to set up their [+]
This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a [+]
Master in Songwriting
This is the world’s first and only Master’s Degree in Songwriting. Offered in both attendance-based and distance learning formats, it is aimed at unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to a professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst continuing to improve creatively. The course, which is based at the university's Corsham Court campus, will help you to develop a range of critical, practical, communicative, industrial and research-based skills.
During the programme you will learn to:Comment critically upon your own and others’ material; Examine the musicological and historical roots of your craft; Consider the commercial value of your songs in the marketplace; Rewrite and collaborate; Conduct academic research; Develop technical skills; Create a professional-standard portfolio of your work. ... [-]
A Master's Degree generally takes 2 years to complete. After completing a Master's Degree the student may take a 4-year Doctoral Degree programme. [+]
The PGDip is a taught postgraduate course that comprises the first two thirds of an MMus/MA, but stands alone as a respected qualification. [+]
MA/MMus/PgDip (Performance)WHY MMus/MA?The MMus/MA is a taught full-time or part-time postgraduate course that sees you continue with your specialism in either Production, Performance, Composition, or Performance and Composition, and demonstrate critical engagement with your discipline through a viva voce (MMus) or written critique (MA). Working on a one-to-one basis with our performance staff and/or composers and engaging with Creative Practitioners, you gain a strong academic and vocational understanding of your practice, and of what it takes to be a successful music practitioner in the 21st Century. Performance students are encouraged to develop challenging and innovative repertoire (assessed through public recitals), while Composition students are given the support to prepare portfolios of original compositions and submit realisations. THE COURSEThe MMus/MA follows the same programme of study as the PGDip but with an additional module at the end, culminating in – for Performance students – a final performance in the presence of a panel of examiners and an invited audience or, for Composition students, a final composition portfolio that must demonstrate artistic vision and an emerging compositional identity. In your final project, you are expected to demonstrate the skills and professionalism you have developed and be responsible for all aspects of your project's realisation; for example, as a Composition student, you take responsibility for all performers and recording engineers, and as a Performance student, you look after all aspects of the performance including planning, organisation, co-ordination of resources (human/physical), sound reinforcement, stage setting and rehearsal. Further to this, MMus students undertake a viva voce to demonstrate an appropriate level of critical engagement with their specialist study and MA candidates produce an accompanying critique.MASTERCLASSES, SEMINARS AND CONFERENCESA year-round programme of masterclasses delivered by international names and experts helps support your creative development. Recent visitors have included Snarky Puppy, Charles McPherson, David Toop, Will Hick, Jason Rebello Trio, Donavan Hepburn, Deborah York, Emma Johnson, Enrico Rava and Ralph Salmins. As a postgraduate student at Leeds College of Music you can also attend seminars and special events at the University of Bradford, placing you in an even wider, collaborative postgraduate community. You may also submit papers and pieces to our two annual conferences, the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (iFIMPaC) and the Leeds International Jazz Education Conference – again, giving you a crucial platform to showcase yourself to potential employers and collaborators. YOUR TUTORSYour tutors have extensive experience of working in the music industry and are passionate about practice-led research.Their credits include vocal coaching for Paloma Faith, Danny McNamara and Kevin Rowland (Kim Chandler), winning numerous international competitions (Jakob Fichert), working with composers such as Trevor Wishart, Pete Stollery and Alejandro Vinao (Dale Perkins), and recording for labels including Mode, NMC, Nonclassical and Tzadik (Damien Harron). YOUR FUTUREThrough linking you with industry and arts-based figures, we offer you tailored research support and prepare you for a robust career. Our postgraduate alumni include Leaf Label-signed pianist and composer Matthew Bourne (BBC Radio Jazz Award for Innovation, Perrier Jazz Award), James Hamilton (two-time Jazz Yorkshire Award winner, Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition at the BASCA British Composer Awards), Gemma Wild (Lancashire Young Composer of the Year), and David Lawrie, whose MA project Liars, Charlatans, Jinxmongers (for voice and accompaniment) received an independent release. We maintain strong relationships with our alumni, often inviting them back to perform in our concert season.... [-]
Master Programme in Music, Jazz Improvisation aims to educate musicians possessing a high level of artistic and professional ability. [+]
Music in Europe Masters. Master Programme in Music, Jazz Improvisation
Programme overviewMaster's Programme, 2 Years, Full time Code: LU-18840 120 credits Malmö Campus Study period: 03 Sep 2012 – 08 Jun 2014
The Master in Music programme, Guitar, aims to educate musicians possessing a high level of artistic and professional ability. On completion of the programme, the student must have well-developed knowledge and skills in order to work in a professional capacity in various forms - either as a soloist, a member of an established ensemble, or in freely formed groups. The student must also have developed his/her ability for independent study. In addition, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired well-developed entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing cultural life.... [-]
Our department works closely with the German Centre for Music Therapy Research. These are optimal conditions for learning the scientific foundation behind the use music in healing the sick. In [+]
Master - Music Therapy
Our department works closely with the German Centre for Music Therapy Research. These are optimal conditions for learning the scientific foundation behind the use music in healing the sick. In our music therapy training clinic, students are able to apply their knowledge in direct contact with the patients. Our main treatment methods are various, and range from chronic pain to adjustment disorders, tumors and strokes. We have particularly specialised in the outpatient treatment of children with headaches, delayed speech and development, behaviour problems, autism and tumors.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music Therapy: research programme... [-]
The MA Music in Development is an innovative, new degree that is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. It explores the role of music within a broader framework of Communication for Development, building on the premise that music and associated performance activities represent rich discursive sites where local knowledge, [+]
Music in Europe Masters. MA Music in DevelopmentStart of programme: October, 2012Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part TimeThe MA Music in Development is an innovative, new degree that is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. It explores the role of music within a broader framework of Communication for Development, building on the premise that music and associated performance activities represent rich discursive sites where local knowledge, social structures and cultural meanings are negotiated, challenged and affirmed. Drawing on theories and approaches from a range of disciplines (including Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Media and Development Studies), it examines ways in which music – viewed as both sonic and somatic discourse - may contribute toward more culturally apposite communication processes in a range of contexts in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and their diasporas.Students on the MA Music and Development programme will also conduct in-depth study on the musical styles and cultures of one of these regions, and may choose from a wide range of 'minor' courses in Music, Anthropology, Migration Studies or other disciplines taught at SOAS.The programme draws on the expertise of staff in Music at SOAS and will be co-taught by Professor Mercédès Pavlicevic, Director of Research at the leading British music therapy charity, Nordoff-Robbins. It will also encourage inter-disciplinary dialogue with other relevant departments and centres within SOAS.Minimum Entry Requirements Students with a demonstrably strong background in music performance and evidence of a serious and sustained interest in development and creative communication. An undergraduate training in ethnomusicology, music psychology or music sociology would be an advantage, although a 2.1 pass in any social science degree would be acceptable. Under exceptional circumstances, significant fieldwork experience may off-set the absence of formal academic qualifications in this area.... [-]
The MA in Music since 1900 is built upon Hope’s long-standing involvement with and commitment to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is taught flexibly, in both evening slots and tutorial sessions which may be arranged to suit individual needs. In addition [+]
MA in Music Since 1900
The MA in Music since 1900 is built upon Hope’s long-standing involvement with and commitment to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is taught flexibly, in both evening slots and tutorial sessions which may be arranged to suit individual needs. In addition to the strength of Hope’s music staff in this area of study, the University enjoys a unique relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10. As a composer, you will be able to have your work played and discussed by members of the orchestra; as a performer, you can take part in masterclasses and receive tuition from RLPO members; and a full programme of new music events, given by Ensemble 10/10, takes place in Hope’s Cornerstone building, the home of the Music Department.... [-]
Most students will have already succeeded at other Universities and Conservatoires and possibly have some professional experience. WIAV seeks to complement... [+]
Music in Europe Masters. MA in Advanced Vocal Studies
By virtue of its limited student intake the Academy is able to operate an intense and personalised programme. Most students will have already succeeded at other Universities and Conservatoires and possibly have some professional experience. WIAV seeks to complement those experiences with a programme of demanding study at a professional level.There are thirty weeks of study and performance over two semesters, with three week breaks at Christmas and Easter. Students will be enrolled at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.The emphasis is on critical musical and vocal aspects of performance. The dramatic elements of performance are also studied ,particularly in preparation of our public performances through regular group sessions in the Stanislawski method. This work will form the basis of all staged or semi staged performances.Students receive regular one to one tuition,in Vocal Technique, Art Song,Concert repertoire, Languages and Operatic repertoire central to their careers. They will be required to master and memorise two new Operatic roles in the original language. There are also group events in audition technique and preparation,, recitative classes and ensemble work. Importance is given to developing a thorough knowledge of repertoire and of concert and recital material and the research and selection of the same, to develop self reliance and self awareness with artistic confidence.The Director leads the vocal technique team giving regular individual lessons. Our coaches and repetiteurs with whom each student will learn their repertoire, are drawn from the leading companies of the UK and we also bring in specialist coaches from other parts of the world. All our language coaches are from international opera houses and teach the method of idiomatic delivery of text in a singing legato line.Of great importance is the system of regular masterclass days given by national and international celebrities, These give an opportunity of working at a professional level and the opportunity to reflect on the work of fellow students encouraging understanding and a critical ear. In addition, distinguished lecturers will visit in related subjects such as the physiology of singing, performance styles in different eras, etc.An additional unique teaching method is our one to one weekly sessions studying historical peer performance, relevant to the student’s repertoire and study, through the medium of historical recordings both in sound and on video. The Academy has an enormous collection of this material at its disposal.The University has a very successful performing Arts reputation with several important courses and excellent facilities. The Academy will work closely with these programmes as an active part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.These performance facilities will be available to the Academy, along with other local facilities and venues for public performance. Many of the performances will take place at the University’s campuses in Carmarthen and Lampeter, and occasionally in Cardiff where the Academy is based. Our method provides the students with the same preparation for performance as professionals receive. The Academy recognises that the best teacher is the stage itself and our many activities involve several weeks of pure performance. These will involve staged or partially staged scenes from Opera, when programming is constructed around the voices of the group and not voice category, enabling all singers as equal an opportunity to perform as possible.Other performances will include Sacred works, Opera Galas and recitals of Art Song. Performances will be frequent and used to assess progress and standards Whenever practical, performances will be open to the public.... [-]
Within the Master of Music at the Utrecht School of the Arts, you have the opportunity to develop further as an instrumentalist, vocalist or composer. You do this by drawing up and following your own personal study plan. In this study ... [+]
Master of MusicWithin the Master of Music at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, you have the opportunity to develop further as an instrumentalist, vocalist or composer. You do this by drawing up and following your own personal study plan. In this study plan, you choose a pathway and describe what you want to focus on. Fixed components of the course are practice-oriented research and an internship.
The Master of Music is a two-year full-time course. It is also possible to follow the Master of Music part-time. The part-time programme takes 4 years. The Master of Music has 2 pathways: Performance and Music Design.
During this challenging course you'll develop the academic knowledge and practical skills you'll need to take advantage of current and future opportunities... [+]
Music in Europe Masters. Master in Music Production (MA)
During this challenging course you'll develop the academic knowledge and practical skills you'll need to take advantage of current and future opportunities in the music and media production industry sectors.Music and sound production are integral to the creative industries sector both in the UK and internationally and are at the forefront of a diverse range of commercial, educational and research developments. Representing a significant area of commercial innovation and creative practice, the growth of new media platforms provides exciting employment opportunities and requires up to date approaches to the development of appropriate professional expertise.Professional judgement, technical and creative ability, and appropriate knowledge and understanding are key to success in the music and media sector. Increasingly characterised by sophisticated technical systems and close integration with a range of media, music production encompasses a number of distinct specialisms and provides a dynamic field of postgraduate research activity.You will study both as an individual and as part of a group, to give you experience of working within multidimensional teams and managing leadership roles.... [-]
The MA in Music offers distinctive pathways in Music and Popular Culture, Music on Stage and on Screen, Music in 19th-Century Culture and... [+]
MA in Music
The MA in Music offers distinctive pathways in Music and Popular Culture, Music on Stage and on Screen, Music in 19th-Century Culture and Contemporary Practice in Composition. It provides you with a thorough grounding in advanced musical studies and can pave the way, where desired, to doctoral research.
Teaching learning and assessment
The MA in Music is taught through a combination of seminars, tutorials and skills-based workshops. Assessment methods include essays, student presentations, literature reviews, dissertations and (for composers) compositions using scores, recordings, software patches or live electronics, performances and installations.During your time here you will be engaged in lively discussions and original research. We aim to give you an in-depth understanding of recent critical debates, scholarship and practice in your chosen field, as well as to broaden your knowledge of musical repertoire. Our pathways are original, exciting and flexible and one of the most striking features of the Music Department is its breadth of subject expertise. All staff members in Music, with whom MA students work closely, are actively engaged in research and we have published our work in top journals and with the most highly respected publishers.... [-]
The Master's programme Musicology focuses on intercultural music across a wide range of topics, including world music, contemporary expressions of... [+]
Music in Europe Masters. Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Musicology
Language of instruction: English
Starts in: September
The Master's programme Musicology focuses on intercultural music across a wide range of topics, including world music, contemporary expressions of music, western classical music of all periods, theory of music, cognition, cultural musicology, music theory, performance practice, pop and jazz. The programme is aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of one particular area of musicology, and allows participating students the freedom to conduct further research in their chosen field of study, such as the music of India or the development of modern twentieth century compositions.... [-]
Every second year in September we welcome a new intake of 18 students for our master programme, which is taught in German. The part-time master programme in Music Therapy is a modular programme, with each semester divided into theoretical and practical clinical components. We provide our students with in-depth know how of research and practice in the field of music therapy. [+]
Master of Science in Health Studies (MSc)
Language of instruction: German
Every second year in September we welcome a new intake of 18 students for our master programme, which is taught in German. The part-time master programme in Music Therapy is a modular programme, with each semester divided into theoretical and practical clinical components. We provide our students with in-depth know how of research and practice in the field of music therapy.
The research is focused from the very beginning on the development of the master thesis which has to have practical clinical relevance. Throughout the degree programme we aim to combine aspects of personal development and practical experience with critical theory-based reflection.... [-]
The MMus (Orchestral Musician) degree course at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 2-year course during which students acquire specialist knowledge... [+]
Music in Europe Masters. Master of Music Orchestral Musician
A successful completion of the bachelor’s degree programme qualifies the student for admission at master’s programmes at the Academy. The aim of the master’s programme is to develop the student’s skills in the creation and practicing of music.Within classical programme, students continue to study their principal subject, but may also supplement the studies with one theoretic or management subject, turning the studies into a double-subject program and thus choosing whether to become a practicing musician or music teacher.The MMus (Orchestral Musician) degree course at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, is a 2-year course during which students acquire specialist knowledge, skills, and qualifications to become musicians at the highest level and distinctive music business entrepreneurs.The course structure has a constant focus on main instrument tuition, and the main study area also comprises Chamber Music which is concluded after the second semester and teaches the student to use his/her instrumental skills in cooperation and communication between musicians. The Entrepreneurial Studies subject is concluded after the 3rd semester and provides the student with relevant tools for administering his/her artistic qualities through e.g. self-management and entrepreneurial skills.The Orchestral Musician degree course concludes with a student-defined master's project which is based on student interests and needs and also constitutes their specialisation in the field.The course subjects are divided into the following fields:... [-]