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Music Education, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Music Education course at Kingston University is designed to broaden and refine the knowledge, skills and understanding of both current and prospective music educators. You will have the opportunity to study major issues in international music education research and practices, consider issues in the UK system of music education, engage with London community and school music settings.

About

Key features

  • You can tailor the course to your own interests by selecting one option module from a wide range of music topics.
  • The core modules will develop your research, project planning and development skills in preparation for your major project, and you will receive guidance from a specialist tutor.
  • The curriculum is enriched by our eclectic view of musical styles and genres, exploiting the diversity of a repertoire that encompasses Western classical music, popular and world musics.
  • Kingston is just 30 minutes from central London, a major centre of the cultural arts in the UK, allowing easy access to music venues and events.

What will you study?

Your core studies at the Music Education course at Kingston University will encompass key research and practice issues in music teaching and learning.

Through devising, delivering and evaluating your music education research project, you will develop and enhance your skills as both a practitioner and researcher.

Alongside this core study, which encompasses key research issues in music as well as in music education, you can choose from a variety of option modules and develop new skills to exploit in your own teaching.

As part of the broader musical community, you will be able to further enhance your performance skills by participating in some of the many University ensembles.

Where this course will take you

Examples of recent graduate destinations for this and similar courses include:

  • education development manager for Art Asia Trust Ltd, Hampshire; and
  • further study at other institutions on PhD programmes (such as University College London).

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Constructing Music Education in the UK
  • International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
  • Major Project
  • Researching Music
  • Advanced Production of Popular Music
  • Composing and Marketing Popular Music
  • Critical Reflection on Musical Performance
  • Special Study: Arranging and Scoring

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • More details: Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
        • Programme intensity

          You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

          Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
          • Duration description
            2 years including professional placement
          Part-time
          • Average part-time duration 24 months
          • Intensity Flexible
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

        English Language Requirements

        You need the following IELTS score:

        • Minimum required score:

          6.5

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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Lower Second Class
        Recommended score: Upper Second Class

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        • A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, music education or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred).
        • We may ask applicants to submit an essay as evidence of strength in written work.
        • Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer/composer or substantial experience as a music educator), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree.

        Work Experience

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          14500 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA

          6000 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 6000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
        Home and European Union
        • MA part time £3,300
        Overseas (not EU) 
        • MA part time £7,975

        Living costs for London

        • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
          Living Costs

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