This course is aimed at performers with a strong interest in live or recorded performance within jazz or classical styles. The course will help you to develop and extend your repertoire and experience.
We offer places on the basis of our assessment of the student´s quality, potential and commitment, and their ability to benefit from the course. Normally, but not invariably, a student will have a first degree. Applications are invited from candidates with a range of academic disciplines and from a variety of national backgrounds.
Performance 1: This module gives you an opportunity to develop your performance skills and technique, and to extend your repertoire. Your development is supported by regular one-to-one lessons with a specialist teacher. The module is assessed through a recital on your instrument or voice and through a reflective commentary on your process.
Context and Methodology: This module helps you to develop your research skills and methodology within the context of your own practice. The module is taught through a weekly lecture/seminar with tutorial sessions that focus on your specialism. The assessment item is a review of an area of your own choice, usually relating to repertoire or performance practice on your own instrument or voice.
Performance 2: This module is designed to extend your performing skills and repertoire as well as to explore performance practice and performance history. You study and explore a wide range of performance-related issues and techniques through weekly seminars, workshops, instrumental/vocal lessons and tutorials. You analyze repertoire as well as recorded and live performances; there is set reading and listening, group discussion and performance. You also explore strategies for marketing yourself in this module. The module is assessed through a lecture recital.
Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Practice: This module focuses on collaboration of various kinds, including chamber music and ensemble work. You work with other students either on the Performance course or on our other MMus courses (such as composers or electroacoustic musicians), or indeed with creative individuals outside of the course. The module enables you to look beyond your core discipline and undertake interdisciplinary projects, but can also provide an opportunity to work in new ways within your core discipline through collaborative practice. Delivery centres around small-group seminars (focused on particular interest areas), and assessment is based on a portfolio of creative work and a self-evaluation/collaborative process document.
Major Project: This double module enables you to work on a project of your own choice. This will usually be a performance project such as preparing a substantial recital programme for public performance. You receive tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons accordingly.
Graduates from MMus Performance work in a wide range of performance-related areas such as:
Community music projects
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