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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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9 Results in Music Performance

Leeds College of Music

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 Performa ... [+]

MA/MMus/PgDip (Performance and Composition)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, coordination of resources (human/physical), sound reinforcement, stage setting and rehearsal.Further to this, MMus students undertake a viva voce to... [-]

United Kingdom Leeds
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

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

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for 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.

Pathways

Music MA: Electroacoustic composition/sonic art pathway

The Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art pathway invites you to help map out the next steps in Birmingham’s thirty-year history as a world leader in the area of electroacoustic music composition and presentation. A solid grounding in the field, its aesthetics and traditions are augmented by instruction in the latest techniques and technology. You will also have the opportunity to work with BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), our acclaimed 100-channel sound diffusion system.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Online
Lund University

This Master’s programme has three specialisations: Arrangement and Composition, Organ and Keyboard, and Vocal Music and Choir. Our aim is to further educate musicians tha ... [+]

The Master’s in Church Music programme has three specialisations: Arrangement and Composition, Organ and Keyboard, and Vocal Music and Choir.

The programme aims to educate musicians that possess high artistic, educational and professional abilities. On completion of the programme, the student must possess advanced knowledge and skills in order to work within the various functions and engagements of a professional musician – either as a soloist, a member of an established ensemble or as a church musician within the Church of Sweden or within other denominations. The student must also have developed the skills necessary for continued or in-depth studies that are to a great degree autonomous. Furthermore, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired thorough entrepreneurial skills that increase his/her professional versatility in an ever-changing ecclesiastical and cultural life.... [-]

Sweden Malmö
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Royal College of Art

The Contemporary Art Practice programme is delivered through four pathways: Critical Practice, Moving Image, Performance and Public Sphere. The four pathways are led by a ... [+]

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

The Contemporary Art Practice programme enables us to facilitate a distinct engagement with specific areas of contemporary art practice that exceed the specificity of the well-established disciplines of Arts & Humanities at the Royal College of Art. Contemporary Art Practice engages with contemporary modes of art production, discourse, and display. It facilitates specialization through its pathway structure enabling students to engage with a particular approach to developing their own art practice.

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United Kingdom London
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Zurich University of the Arts

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.

There are two separate Master of Arts in Music Performance programmes aiming at different fields of study:

The Master in Music Performance offers a broad profile in instrumental and vocal concert performance. The Master in Specialized Music Performance offers three specializations: solo performance, orchestral performance, including orchestral piano, and chamber music, including collaborative piano.

Both programmes offer personal counseling; individual portfolio development, flexible curricula, top-notch faculty; 150+ elective courses; career center; performance opportunities; state-of-the-art infrastructure; leading partners; internships and more…... [-]

Switzerland Zürich
February 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Pécs

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 ... [+]

Description of the Program

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, playing stability and reliability, detailed stylistic knowledge of all major eras and genres of classical music related to the instrument studied, an ability to shape the musical process down to the smallest nuances and shades with ease and creativity, a fundamental respect for the composer’s instructions, put into a viable combination with the performer’s own ideas and personality,

and, possibly most importantly:... [-]

Hungary Pécs
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Fontys University of Applied Sciences

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 al ... [+]

What does it mean to perform public space?

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. Out of this awareness, the brand new Master program called Performing Public Space was born.

In a time in which political and social structures are re-considered heavily, PPS offers a flexible and innovative environment to artistically question, redefine and reclaim public space in its broadest sense. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches including critical theory and other modes of analysis, with an equally diverse range of research methods, PPS offers creatives the opportunity to explore the world-making power of producing work in public space.... [-]

Netherlands Tilburg
September 2019
Full-time
12 months
Online & Campus Combined
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent

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 contemp ... [+]

Contemporary Music

Those choosing the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music program 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.

Workshops and lectures bring students in contact with international experts, as well as exchanging ideas with others of the same generation: composers, choreographers, theatre-makers and visual artists.

Under the banner of the Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble or G.A.M.E., you and your fellow advanced graduate students give concerts within and beyond the walls of the Conservatory. Personal initiatives are also assured a podium. Students complete the study with a concert and a written thesis.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance

The course will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons and personalised learning. You will also develop your leaders ... [+]

Course Overview

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.

On the course, you may select from options that include an investigation of a performance tradition, the use of music in health and wellbeing, and the cultural aspects of music. You will also produce a significant body of work for the recital, together with supporting research that underpins and informs your final project. The ICMP’s MMus is aimed primarily at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having distinguished themselves on a degree-level course, or who have acquired comparable industry experience and are committed to attaining even greater mastery of their respective instruments.... [-]

United Kingdom London
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus