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Music Performance

MA

Postgraduate degree

Key facts

Award
Options: MA Music Performance, PG Dip Music Performance, PG Cert Music Performance.
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
MA full-time: three trimesters (one calendar year); MA part-time: six trimesters (two calendar years); PG Dip full-time: two trimesters (one academic year); PG Dip part-time: four trimesters; PG Cert full-time: one trimester; PG Cert part-time: two trimesters.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

A course for performers interested in live or recorded performance within classical or jazz styles.

  • One-to-one tuition with expert tutors together with weekly performance classes and workshops.
  • Wide range of ensemble opportunities to work with and perform with other students.
  • Excellent facilities at Newton Park Campus – Michael Tippett Centre, library and IT resources.

You’ll receive one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from our team of experienced tutors as part of a series of performance modules. The course culminates with a final project, where you’ll prepare a performance, normally a high-profile public recital. Alongside your solo work you’ll develop your research, collaborative, ensemble and publicity skills.

In full-time mode, the course runs over three trimesters – you can start the course in October or February. We welcome applications for part-time study over two years, and anticipate grouping teaching on a single day each week to facilitate this.

What you'll learn

Overview

This course gives you, as a instrumental/vocal performer, the skills and opportunities to develop your individual and ensemble skills to a high level. You’ll undertake four modules over two trimesters and a double module in your third trimester (final recital).

You may explore areas of your own interest, which may relate to staff specialisms, such as opera (Garth Bardsley), early music and music of the Georgian period (Dr Matthew Spring), and romantic and early twentieth-century music (Dr Charles Wiffen), piano skills and improvisation (Thomas Whorley).

Course structure

Trimester 1
In Performance 1 you’ll develop your performance skills and technique, and extend your repertoire. Alongside this the Research Methodologies and Context module gives you a thorough grounding in research methodology. Your development as a performer is supported by regular one-to-one lessons with a specialist teacher.

Trimester 2

The second trimester extends your development as a performer. The Performance 2 module develops performance skills and repertoire while furthering your understanding of performance history and practice. You’ll also explore strategies for marketing yourself.

You’ll have a choice of modules at this stage and the opportunity to work with peers and across subject boundaries in the Professional Collaboration module. Alternatively you could study a Intercultural Musicology module that allows you to study genres across different cultures, or to join an Opera Studies module that culminates in a public performance of an opera or opera excerpts.

Trimester 3
The third trimester involves a Major Project for which you’ll prepare a programme for a substantial public performance. The content and structure of this project is to be negotiated with course tutors.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll complete individual assignments for each module. Performance based modules (Performance 1, Opera Studies and Major Project) are assessed through performance on your instrument or voice, reflective commentaries on your process, or a lecture recital in the case of Performance 2. Intercultural Musicology and Research Methodologies and Context modules will be be assessed on written submissions.

How will I be taught?

Modules are normally taught through one-to-one lessons, seminars and practical workshops. These are supported by individual tutorials and online activity within the Virtual Learning Environment.

The Major Project involves student-directed work, with supporting tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons. We encourage you to make full use of library and IT resources, and time will be scheduled in studios and workstations labs for independent study, as appropriate.

Opportunities

Careers

Previous graduate destinations include:

  • Doctoral studies at Durham University
  • Freelance repetiteur and keyboard/continuo specialist
  • Choir Director and Piano/Vocal Tutor
  • Marines Conductor
  • Opera Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Freelance classical and early music singer

Our graduates work in a wide range of performance-related areas such as:

  • Orchestral performance
  • Opera
  • Conducting
  • Choral direction
  • Chamber music
  • Accompaniment
  • Session work
  • Music promotion
  • Record labels
  • Broadcast media
  • Instrumental teaching
  • Group teaching
  • Community music projects
  • University lecturing

Competitions and awards

There are a number of competitive awards available only to our students.

Masterclass programme

There is a well-established masterclass programme at Bath Spa University. Previous visitors have included:

  • Dame Emma Kirkby (voice)
  • Isobel Buchanan (voice)
  • Stefano Parrino (flute)
  • Badke Quartet (strings)
  • Florian Uhlig (piano)
  • Professor Colin Lawson (clarinet)
  • Andy Sheppard (saxophone)
  • Ensemble Bash (percussion)
  • Madeleine Mitchell (violin)

Ensemble activities

You’ll be part of a vibrant Department of Music with a wide range of ensemble activities. These include opera, concerto and concerto performances in important venues in and around Bath – such as Bath Abbey.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll be taught on Newton Park campus, with access to facilities such as the Michael Tippett Centre.

Resources

You’ll have access to a fully equipped concert hall, full range of studio/rehearsal and teaching spaces, range of instruments including western and non-western instruments (gamelan), music labs and state-of-the-art IT facilities.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £7,000
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £13,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We offer places based on your quality, commitment, and ability to benefit from the course. Normally, but not invariably, you’ll have a first degree. We invite individuals with a range of academic disciplines and from a variety of national backgrounds to apply.

There are a number of open days where you can meet staff and view the facilities. There are no formal interviews; places are based on the submissions of the relevant forms and recordings.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: m.spring@bathspa.ac.uk

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