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Masters degrees are more versatile than doctoral qualifications and have a broad range of professional and academic applications. According to the U.S. Department of Education, three types of masters programs exist research, professional, and terminal. The most popular masters degree types are Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in a mixture of subject fields.

For students looking to further their academic or technical pursuits in music, there are music studies that emphasize both the theoretical and performative aspects of the field. Music is an interdisciplinary field, focusing on areas ranging from history and theory to composition to performance.

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.

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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
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master progr ... [+]

English master

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike.

The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects, they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master ‘soloist contemporary music’.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Goldsmiths, University of London

This programme offers a variety of stimulating and contemporary academic pathways with a range of theoretical and practice-based modules. ... [+]

This programme offers a variety of stimulating and contemporary academic pathways with a range of theoretical and practice-based modules.

The MA in Music programme introduces you to the fundamental principles of research in music. It provides a unique and creative approach to musicology, valuing intellectual curiosity and musical diversity.

Awards available are:

MA in Music (Contemporary Music Studies) MA in Music (Ethnomusicology) MA in Music (Historical Musicology) MA in Music (Popular Music Research) MA in Music (General)

The Masters designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music, such as journalism, teaching, broadcasting, librarianship, historically informed performance, contemporary composition, and arts administration.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 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
Bath Spa University

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Foc ... [+]

World-leading course. Professionalise your songwriting and facilitate your personal artistic ‘voice’.

A pioneering curriculum – the world’s first Songwriting Masters. Prepares you for a range of internationalised, professional futures in music and its wider industries. Taught by professional, published songwriters and performers.

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.

The course is aimed at:

unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level; published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst exploring their creativity and formalising their prior experience. ... [-]
United Kingdom Bath
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Online
Leeds Beckett University

Build your practical and theoretical experience in the creative and innovative applications of music technology in a studio environment. This course will give you the ski ... [+]

Course details

Build your practical and theoretical experience in the creative and innovative applications of music technology in a studio environment. This course will give you the skills to take your ambition further and provide you with the confidence to work for major record labels and recording artists across a range of genres.

You will work alongside experienced industry professionals, exploring the technical and creative aspects of recording, arranging, mixing and mastering to develop a wide range of commercial and non-commercial musical scores.

You will have access to a suite of high-quality, professional music studios approved by JAMES, the accrediting body of the Music Producers Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Services.... [-]

United Kingdom Leeds
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 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
UWL University of West London

Commercial success and a sustained career within the music industry increasingly depend on the artist’s ability to set up their own small record labels, administrate thei ... [+]

Overview

Commercial success and a sustained career within the music industry increasingly depend on the artist’s ability to set up their own small record labels, administrate their copyrights, facilitate live events, develop their careers and maintain their health.

Directed by a team of dedicated industry professionals with unique insights and unprecedented experience in the field, you’ll have the opportunity to study key concepts in managing and developing your own career - or that of an act you represent.

Why choose this course?

We’re located in West London, the hub of the UK's music and media business – so there’s no better place to study Music Industry Management and Artist Development.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
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
Utrecht University

The program Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully with ... [+]

PREPARATION IN THE CURRENT/ FUTURE MUSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Through its focus on musical infrastructure, Utrecht University's Master's program Applied Musicology will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within the international musical industry. The program utilizes reflective training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, through which you will learn to apply academic musicological skills to the day-to-day challenges in a musical life.

EXPERIENCE FROM THE PROFESSIONAL FIELD

Our Master's program in Applied Musicology was designed in direct dialogue with top institutions within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. The curriculum builds on knowledge and skills gained through Bachelor's program in Musicology, with emphasis on both historical musicology and the relation of music with other media.... [-]

Netherlands Utrecht
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus
Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands

The study route Classical Music is aimed at students who are ambitious, have a high level of playing, are curious and who want to work hard to become a top musician. Ever ... [+]

Study a Master's in Music in the Netherlands

Developed by a core team of educators and successful professionals, the Master of Music aims to provide socially relevant contributions to the remodelling and development of today’s musical world. Opt for one of the following study routes: Classical Music, New York Jazz, New Audiences and Innovative Practice, Instrumental Learning & Teaching or Wind Band Conducting.

Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in either Classical Music or Jazz or an equivalent level for all required competencies; A certificate of proof of a sufficient proficiency in the English language: either IELTS with an overall result of 6.0 or a TOEFL total of 550; ... [-]
Netherlands Groningen
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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
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
University of Lincoln

MA Music embraces the diversity of music scholarship, combining historical, ethnographic, analytical, critical and practice-based approaches. Through taught and practical ... [+]

The Course

MA Music embraces the diversity of music scholarship, combining historical, ethnographic, analytical, critical and practice-based approaches. Through taught and practical modules, students can develop methods and skills to be applied to their field of interest which may encompass ethnomusicology, musicology, composition and performance.

This MA is designed to pave the way for professional work in the music industries or further research.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Research areas, projects and topics may include:

Performance Composition Musicology Ethnomusicology Contemporary music Popular music Musical theatre Musical instruments Collaboration The music industries. How You Study ... [-]
United Kingdom Boston
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus