Popular Music Practice at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

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Course summary

This course is designed to enable you to pursue music performance at an advanced level, allowing you to specialise in particular areas and genres of music performance as well as develop your skills as a rounded and expert performer. You will do so as part of a vibrant, stimulating and energetic community for music performance at the University of Huddersfield. As well as advancing your technical skills and confidence as a performer, you will work to gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the repertoire you perform, develop your intellectual and creative skills required for a high level of performance, and apply research skills with a view to making an original contribution to the professional context of music performance. You may choose to specialise in the following areas, reflecting and drawing upon the expertise within Music and Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield: Brass Band performance Choral Conducting Conducting (1 place per year) Historically Informed Performance Improvisation New Music Performance Organ Studies Piano Accompaniment Popular Music performance Alternatively, you may also select to pursue a broad programme of study within classical music. Staff teaching on the MMus Music Performance are themselves active as performers, as soloists and ensemble members, giving regular live concerts and releasing recordings to international critical acclaim. We offer expert Entry requirements Course details Core modules Researching Music On this module you will be introduced to a range of significant and contemporary scholarship relating to the study of music. You will learn about diverse approaches to music research, and receive training in managing research professionally and ethically. Central to the module is the development of research skills appropriate to postgraduate instrumental/vocal tuition appropriate to the specialisms from tutors who are experienced and highly regarded in their fields. Music at the University of Huddersfield has an international reputation, and hosts what is possibly the largest postgraduate community in music in the world. All students on the course will be part of the Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP) which acts as a focus for staff and postgraduate community of performers in Music and Drama. ReCePP encourages Performance-as-Research and Performance Studies research across a range of disciplines. As well as being active as performers, all performance staff are leading researchers in fields of performance practice and performance studies. ReCePP maintains strong connections with other research centres, including the Centre for Research in New Music CeReNeM and the Centre for Music, Culture and Identity which provides a focus for musicological research in the department. Professional links and accreditation: Music staff are active across diverse professional contexts, including as performers, editors, and in publication. The department is actively involved with a number of ensembles such as Academy of Ancient Music, Apartment House, Boxwood and Brass, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Meiningen Ensemble and the Rose Consort of Viols, and numerous other ensembles and performers are invited regularly through each year for performances and workshops. Record labels with whom members of staff have recorded include Another Timbre, HatHut, Resonus Classics, Sub Rosa. The department also publishes on its own labels Huddersfield Contemporary Records and Pennine Records. Members of staff perform regularly at festivals and concert halls, including all the major London venues, and often feature on BBC Radio 3 as performers and guest speakers. We regularly host conferences and events in partnership with scholarly societies, such as the Performance Studies Network, and the Royal Musical Association.


Modules Creative Production Project Performance 1 Advanced Desktop Music Production Advanced Song Writing Researching Music

Assessment method

You will take 180 credits at Master’s level, made up of four modules, including a 60 credit creative project and 60 credit performance module. Two optional modules allow for an advanced focus on Desktop Music Production or Song writing.

Entry requirements

You are required to have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree from a recognised University or equivalent institution. Your application materials (or previous qualifications) and live audition (or documentation of your performance) should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of performance and instrumental/vocal/other technique. Auditions should comprise of two contrasting pieces, one of which should relate to the your proposed specialism in performance.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7900 Year 1
Scotland £7900 Year 1
Wales £7900 Year 1
Channel Islands £7900 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7900 Year 1
EU £17600 Year 1
International £17600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees for UK students will cover the cost of your study at the University. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see our Fees and Finance - https://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-finance/ Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). If you are an EU or international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/ Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Popular Music Practice at University of Huddersfield - UCAS