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Compare 12 Master of Art Programs 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 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.

12 Results in Music Performance Filter

Master of Arts in Music Performance / Specialized Music Performance in Classical Music

Zurich University of the Arts
Campus Full-time 2 years February 2020 Switzerland Zürich

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

Masters (MMus) in Popular Music Performance - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocal

The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 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.

MA/MMus/PgDip (Performance and Composition)

Leeds College of Music
Campus Full-time Part-time Request Info United Kingdom Leeds

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).

Master in Church Music

Lund University
Campus Full-time 2 years September 2019 Sweden Malmö

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 that possess high artistic, educational and professional abilities.

MA in Music

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Online Full-time Part-time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Birmingham + 2 more

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.

MA Contemporary Art Practice (Critical Practice, Moving Image, Performance and Public Sphere)

Royal College of Art
Campus Full-time 2 years Request Info United Kingdom London

The Contemporary Art Practice programme is delivered through four pathways: Critical Practice, Moving Image, Performance and Public Sphere. The four pathways are led by artists that specialize in these areas of practice. Opportunities exist for exhibitions, overseas travel and international exchanges (including Paris and Kyoto).

MA in Music Performance

Bath Spa University
Campus Full-time Part-time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Bath + 1 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.

MA in Classical Music Performance (Piano, Violin, Flute, Guitar)

University of Pécs
Campus Full-time 2 years Request Info Hungary 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 a week through four semesters the goal is to achieve: technical abilities of a real virtuoso...

Master in Performing Public Space

Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Online & Campus Combined Full-time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Tilburg

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.

Advanced Master Contemporary Music

KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Campus Full-time 2 years September 2019 Belgium Ghent

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.

Classical Singing (MA)

University of Szeged
Campus Full-time 4 semesters September 2019 Hungary Szeged

The MA program in Classical Singing is designed to provide students with basic theoretical subjects such as literature, prosody, history of art, stylistics, music history, folk music, composition theory, concert visiting, composition practice, and analysis.

Classical Musical Instrumental Performance (MA)

University of Szeged
Campus Full-time 4 semesters September 2019 Hungary Szeged

The MA program in Classical (Music) Performance is designed to provide students with a wide knowledge of playing musical instruments. Basic theoretical subjects such as literature, prosody, history of art, stylistics, music history, folk music, composition theory, concert visiting, composition practice, and analysis are introduced to students.