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Music Performance, MMus

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Music Performance course at Kingston University aims to create informed, skilled and insightful performers across a wide range of musical genres. It is ideal if you aspire to become a professional performer or are an instrumental teacher and would like to further develop your knowledge of music performance.

About

Key features

  • You will have access to our unique facilities which include recording studios, rehearsal and practice rooms, a synthesis/sampling lab - and the analogue/digital hybrid Visconti Studio. The Visconti Studio comprises of a 300m² octagonal live room and performing space with a Steinway model D grand piano and a comprehensive range of amplification and performance equipment. 
  • Masterclasses and workshops are run by national and international performers and composers. These include Stephen Coombs, Jane Manning, Judith Weir, Steve Goss, Howard Skempton, Arditti String Quartet, and Brian Ferneyhough.  

What will you study?

The Music Performance course at Kingston University issues of performance practice, preparation of performance, aesthetics of music performance, analysis for performers, the psychology of performance, and performance presentation.

You will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your performance skills through one-to-one tuition, group classes, workshops, recitals and ensemble participation.

You will also be asked to critique and evaluate your own performances, and will undertake a performance-based project.

A range of option modules allows you to develop your skills in related topics, such as composition, conducting, arranging and ensemble performance.

Skills for the future

A high proportion of Music Performance MMus students obtain employment on graduation - either in the music profession itself, in related areas or in teaching - or enrol for further study (eg PGCE, MPhil or PhD). Many of our graduates are international students and have taken up posts across the world, in locations such as Cyprus and Kuwait. For those students who are already in employment and undertake the course part-time, the award may accelerate promotion and open up new opportunities.

The nature of the Music Performance MMus at Kingston - combining compositional and practical skills, alongside theoretical knowledge - equips graduates for a broad range of careers, including:

  • performing professionally;
  • teaching in school;
  • higher education;
  • instrumental teaching;
  • outreach work; and
  • educational workshops.

Programme Structure

Core modules

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

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
    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, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred).
  • We will ask applicants to submit an online portfolio of a good recording of two contrasting performances on Soundcloud or Youtube.
  • Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), 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 

  • MMus part time £3,300
Overseas 
  • MMus full time £7,975

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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