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How to Apply

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

Why study Performance?

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 and ensemble 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. 

Course structure

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 contemporary clarinet (Professor Roger Heaton), early music and music of the Georgian period (Dr Matthew Spring), and romantic and early twentieth-century music (Dr Charles Wiffen).

Bath Spa University Choir and Georgian Band


  • Trimester 1
    In Performance 1 you’ll develop your performance skills and technique, and extend your repertoire. Alongside this the Context and Methodology 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 Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Practice 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.

Course assessment

You’ll complete individual assignments for each module. Performance based modules are assessed through performance on your instrument or voice, reflective commentaries on your process, or a lecture recital in the case of Performance 2. Musicology and Contextual modules will be be assessed on written submissions.


There are a number of competitive awards available only to MMus 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.

Violin players at Bath Spa University

Teaching methods

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.

Application method

Application forms are available online and should be completed and returned to us either electronically or through the post. If you have any queries please contact the admissions department:

Telephone: (01225) 875624.

Applicants should submit a DVD recording with their application, comprising two contrasting works. Applicants should also submit an example of written work, particularly where this relates to your own practice, focusing on technical and/or aesthetic concerns.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

Please contact Professor Roger Heaton:

Telephone: (01225) 875628.


Entry requirements

We offer places on the basis of our assessment of the student's quality, potential and commitment, and their ability to benefit from the course. Normally, but not invariably, a student will have a first degree. Applications are invited from candidates with a range of academic disciplines and from a variety of national backgrounds.

Career opportunities

Bath Spa University 'Magic Flute' performancePrevious graduate destinations include:

  • Doctoral studies at Durham University
  • Freelance repetiteur and keyboard/continuo specialist
  • Choir Director and Piano/Vocal Tutor

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

What students say...

To see which instrumental and vocal tutors are currently available for one-to-one practical tuition please click here.

Jazz performer