You will study four core modules:
Advanced Performance 1
This module focuses on the technical aspects of performance, and is for advanced performers who are approaching a professional standard. The module culminates in a recital which helps to establish technical skills needed for Advanced Performance 2 and further recital modules.
Assessment: 10-minute recital
Advanced Performance 2
Following on from Advanced Performance 1, your skills will be honed through individual tuition with experts on your instrument/ voice.
Assessment: 20 minute lecture recital (10 minute performance + 10 minute lecture).
Performance Skills 1
This module runs in the autumn semester. It is designed to address the extra-musical aspects of successful musical performances and is intended to complement and enhance performances given in other MA performance modules.
You will attend seminars/workshops in the Department’s Music Health and Wellbeing series, which focus on the physical and psychological elements of performance. You will deliver a presentation summarising the key skills and techniques covered in the series, relating them to your own performance practice. You will also attend Barber Evening Concerts, and produce a review of each concert.
Assessment: 10 minute presentation and concert reviews (500 words per concert).
Performance Skills 2
This module runs in the spring semester. Following on from Performance Skills 1, it is again intended to address the extra-musical aspects of successful music performance.
You will attend 'Performance Platform' sessions, where students perform for one another, analyse each other’s performances, and receive formative feedback from professional specialists, as well as their peers. Your assessment - a performance and short presentation - will require you to apply the skills and techniques learned in both the Music Health and Wellbeing Series (autumn semester) as well as the feedback received during Performance Platform sessions. You will also attend further Barber Evening Concerts, and produce a review of each concert.
Assessment: Ten-minute performance and five-minute presentation, plus concert review (500 words per concert).
You will also choose three optional modules from a range which typically includes:
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- Historically Informed Performance
- Topics in Early Music
- Electronic Music Studies
- British Music Studies
- Introduction to Global Popular Musics
For more information, see our Music module descriptions.
Please note: A wider range of optional modules is available through the Open Pathway with Performance, but applicants for the Open Pathway with Performance should demonstrate in their application materials that they are sufficiently versatile to excel across the pathway’s more diverse range of optional modules.
In addition to your taught modules, you will present a substantial solo recital, 45 minutes in length. The recital offers you the opportunity to unite practical and theoretical musicianship, and to demonstrate the ability to plan and independently prepare (with some supervision) a performance at an advanced level. Students are also required attend and to write short summaries of research seminars presented during the academic year.
Please note that the optional module information listed on the website for this programme is intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.