10 MAs in Music Performance

The master’s degree is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated throughout a postgraduate program the mastery of their specific field of study. The MA, or Master of Arts, typically focuses on subjects with a humanities base, such as history, literature, philosophy, cultural studies and the arts. What is an MA in Music Performance? Some of these programs focus on the generation of audienc… Read more

The master’s degree is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated throughout a postgraduate program the mastery of their specific field of study. The MA, or Master of Arts, typically focuses on subjects with a humanities base, such as history, literature, philosophy, cultural studies and the arts.

What is an MA in Music Performance? Some of these programs focus on the generation of audiences, the development of innovative practice methods, conducting orchestras and bands, the history and influence of jazz, or the development of skill on a particular instrument. Individual classes often have titles such as Music in History, Ethnomusicology, Editorial Musicology, Composition, Composing Music for Media, or Cross-Cultural Music. Students may find that their studies culminate in a dissertation, evaluated portfolio or major creative project. 

Students benefit from access to developing and ongoing research in their field. They have access to many talented faculty and artists, both local and renowned. Students are able to develop their own chosen areas of music expression while being exposed to a much broader area of interest, leaving them well-rounded as they progress along their chosen path of focus.

The costs of tuition and fees can vary a great deal from one school or institution to the next, especially as these centers of learning are spread throughout multiple countries. For specific information regarding costs, contact the schools directly.

Graduates of this MA program are prepared to become music teachers, performers, conductors, music researchers, professionals in media, soloists, members of orchestras and bands, music editors, and program developers. Job opportunities may be found within the film industry, multimedia companies, in the business sector of art and music establishments, administrators at schools and conservatories, in museums and within the entertainment industry.

If these opportunities seem inviting to you, take a closer look at some of the available school options. Use the program listing to find those options that seem most appropriate and then fill out the lead forms for more information. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

You’ll receive one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from our team of experienced tutors as part of a series of performance modules. The course culminates with a final proj ... Read more

You’ll receive one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from our team of experienced tutors as part of a series of performance modules. The course culminates with a final project, where you’ll prepare a performance, normally a high-profile public recital. Alongside your solo work, you’ll develop your research, collaborative, ensemble, and publicity skills. Read less
MA
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
University of Pécs
Pécs, Hungary

These programs are for the truly committed – for those young artists who do have the aim to be on stage regularly. In the instrumental performance, classes held two times a we ... Read more

These programs are for the truly committed – for those young artists who do have the aim to be on stage regularly. In the instrumental performance, classes held two times a week through four semesters the goal is to achieve: technical abilities of a real virtuoso. Read less
MA
03 Sep 2020
Full-time
2 years
31 Jul 2018
English
Campus
 
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Eindhoven, Netherlands + 2 More

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of all kin ... Read more

Located in the heart of Tilburg, the Netherlands, Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to the study and investigation of cultural developments of all kinds, and to understanding how they can produce meaningful change within our shared spaces. Read less
MA
01 Sep 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
12 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Ghent, Belgium

Those choosing the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music programme at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent work under the guidance of the Ictus and SPECTRA contemporary ... Read more

Those choosing the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music programme at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent work under the guidance of the Ictus and SPECTRA contemporary music ensembles, on projects with an emphatic focus on recently composed music. Students specialize in contemporary music, as soloists or members of an ensemble. They play an active role in creating new works by both young and established composers. Read less
MA
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Royal College of Art
London, United Kingdom

A distinctive route through fine art

A distinctive route through fine art Read less
MA
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater to those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree ... Read more

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater to those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. There are 10 specialist pathways that you can choose from across musicology, composition and performance; each includes a range of core and optional taught modules and you will complete the course with a dissertation, recital or composition portfolio. Read less
MA
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
Online
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden + 2 More

The Master in Church Music programme, Arrangement and Composition, aims to educate musicians that possess superior artistic, educational and professional abilities.

The Master in Church Music programme, Arrangement and Composition, aims to educate musicians that possess superior artistic, educational and professional abilities. Read less
MA
01 Sep 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Leeds College of Music
Leeds, United Kingdom

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 a ... Read more

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). Read less
MA
16 Sep 2020
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
 
The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance
London, United Kingdom

The course will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons and personalised learning. You will also develop your leadership a ... Read more

The course will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons and personalised learning. You will also develop your leadership and musical management skills through the leading of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire. Read less
MA
01 Aug 2020
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Zurich University of the Arts
Zürich, Switzerland

Students of the master's programmes in classical music at the Zurich University of the Arts are part of an international community.

Students of the master's programmes in classical music at the Zurich University of the Arts are part of an international community. Read less
MA
01 Feb 2020
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus