This Music - Performance Practice programme from University of Birmingham differs from the Performance Pathway in that it incorporates a more substantial academic component, representing an ideal training model for future performer-scholars.
Full time staff include Director of Performance Ceri Owen, an award-winning collaborative pianist and scholar, and scholar-performer and early music conductor Andrew Kirkman. They join forces with Simon Halsey, renowned chorus master of the CBSO and Berlin Radio Choir, and orchestral conductor Daniele Rosina, plus instrumental and vocal lessons arranged with the faculty of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
You also receive the opportunity to take advantage of the early performance opportunities afforded by the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research (CEMPR).
Students wishing to study performance practice pre-1800 will benefit from access to these facilities, as well as period-specific resources. Those wishing to study music of the mid- to late-19th century will have access to an 1851 original Erard piano which can be used for performance of relevant repertoire. Those with an interest in 20th and 21st Century music will have the opportunity to work with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Why study this course?
- Excellent reputation – The Department of Music is one of the most distinguished in the UK, with a history stretching back to 1905 when Edward Elgar was appointed the University’s first Professor of Music and looking forward to the latest cutting-edge developments in the practice and study of music.
- Taught by experts in the field – you will be taught by our specialists, who embrace an exceptionally wide range of performance practice interests. These include Andrew Kirkman, who, besides being director of the critically acclaimed Renaissance vocal ensemble ‘The Binchois Consort’ has worked on performance-practice projects from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth century; and Amy Brosius , specialist in seventeenth-century Italian vocal music.
- Fantastic resources available – the state-of-the-art Bramall Music Building offers outstanding facilities, including climate controlled rooms for the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research, multichannel electroacoustic music studios and BEAST, the department’s huge loudspeaker system for electroacoustic music. It is also home to the acoustically flexible and technologically advanced 450-seat Elgar Concert Hall, arguably the best and most adaptable space of its kind in any University in the UK.
- Advanced Performance
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
- British Music Studies 1850-1975
- Electronic Music Studies
- Fieldwork Methods
- Historically Informed Performance (recommended)
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesMusic Music History View 112 other Masters in Music History in United Kingdom
We usually ask for a good Honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in Music or a related subject with a substantial musical component. Degrees in other subjects will be considered where candidates have significant professional musical experience and relevant qualifications.
- Your application should include a personal statement of approximately 5,000 characters. You should use your personal statement to explain why you are interested in studying this programme.
- All prospective students for pathways in performance must also submit a sample of written work of at least 1,500 words - in English - in addition to the usual supporting documents. This should focus on a musical topic, with academic bibliography and references.
- For this pathway, you must also present a 20-minute programme during which you play a varied programme specific to the performance practice period you intend to study at Birmingham.
International22140 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22140 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National10867 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 10867 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
UK: £5,433.75 part-time
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