COURSE OVERVIEW

The Masters in Music Performance postgraduate course encourages you to develop the highest levels of instrumental expertise, performance abilities, academic research and critical reasoning skills. You’ll also explore your leadership and musical management skills via the role of musical director of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire.

This one-year course is aimed at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having already successfully completed their undergraduate degree-level music course. The course is also open to those who already have a vast amount of industry experience and are keen to accomplish an even greater mastery of their instrument.

Across your year of learning, you’ll further develop your instrumental and musicianship skills, focusing on your personal relationship with your instrument and the extension of your technical ability, while exploring your role as a performer in both live and studio environments. This is delivered using a variety of modes of study, including one-to-one lessons, small-group ensemble classes and lectures, and private and group tutorials.

As a masters in music performance student, you’ll enhance your professional development by operating autonomously and engaging in self-directed study, but with guidance and support from members of ICMP’s experienced professional faculty.

The Masters in Music Performance course encourages you to identify your own personal learning requirements, select your essential resources, and then design and implement a plan for achieving them. You can choose from one of three optional modules, which include an investigation of a performance tradition, the use of music in health and wellbeing, and the cultural and philosophical aspects of music.

All MMus students are required to undertake a significant research project which leads to the production of a significant body of work for recital and a dissertation. You’ll receive highly personalised instrumental and dissertation supervision from a mentor of your choice within our faculty, which comprises a number of celebrated PhD recipients and music academics.

Over the duration of the masters degree in music course, there will be many opportunities to work alongside like-minded creative musicians across all ICMP disciplines and you’ll be encouraged to collaborate both inside and outside of the MMus curriculum. All MMus students have access to London’s Tileyard Studios – the UK’s largest professional music community – studying classes there, using the facilities for free and attending networking events. You’ll also benefit from a regular schedule of visiting lecturers who’ll discuss their different approaches, philosophies and ideas with you, including musicians, academics and guests from the wider creative industries.

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As an MMus student, you’ll have direct access to ICMP’s amazing facilities with industry-standard hardware, software and instruments, including a 24-track recording studio, high-tech Mac Labs and dedicated performance spaces which can all be booked free of charge outside of class hours, seven days a week.

The Masters in music performance course will take you on a journey that will change the way you think about yourself as a musician and, ultimately, as a person. You’ll graduate with the skills, self-reliance and motivation needed to build and sustain a successful portfolio career as a talented music professional – whichever path you decide to take.

“I have learnt the skills for better time management, academic writing, music arrangement, aural training, various kinds of research methods…critical thinking…self-discipline, and leadership in a band.”

Hung Fai Chan
MMus in Popular Music Performance

Student support for music masters courses is available to students studying at ICMP from the academic year 2018-19.

Eligible students on designated music masters courses at ICMP will be able to access the postgraduate masters loan in the same way and at the same value as they could at a publicly funded provider. Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000.

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Successful completion of programme MMus Popular Music Performance at ICMP London school of music leads to the award of Master of Music by the University of East London. 

MMus External Examiner (Dr Jonathan Little) from his AY1617 Annual Report:

I again commend the commitment of all staff in helping to make this course a success, and believe it remains a rare and very valuable Masters Degree for contemporary musicians who wish to perform at a high level, while also becoming fully-rounded musicians.”

Dr Jonathan Little
MMus External Examiner (from his AY1617 Annual Report)

Key facts

  • A personalised learning experience which equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills for successful employment in the music industry.
  • One-to-one instrumental lessons with the tutor of your choice.
  • Combines advanced music literacy and performance skills with rigorous scholarship, enhancing your creativity and confidence as both a performer and academic.
  • Develops your unique identity as a musician through regular individual and collaborative performance activities.
  • Academic supervisors/mentors chosen based on your specific research needs.
  • The London location provides opportunities to perform in gigs at top London venues, while immersing yourself in the global music scene.
  • Connection with Tileyard Studios and wider music industry enables you to build an impressive musical network.
  • A truly international college, with musical opportunities around the globe via partners in California, Nashville, Malmö and Paris.
  • Offered as one year full-time or two years part-time study.

COURSE DETAILS

Module Overview

Progression

The MMus Popular Music Performance postgraduate programme aims to broaden and deepen your musical competencies, while developing your independent learning and critical thinking abilities. You’ll build upon your existing knowledge, skills, learning and experience, and will be challenged, both musically and academically, to move out of your comfort zone. You’ll receive the time, space, support and opportunities you need to progress your personal development, while being stimulated and motivated to achieve your goals.

MMus Popular Music Performance students take the following 30 credit modules:

Advanced Instrumental Studies (30 Credits) | Advanced Ensemble Studies (30 Credits) | Studio Performance (30 Credits)

Students also choose one of the following optional* 30 credit modules:

Cultural and Philosophical Studies – Option* (30 Credits) | Music and Wellbeing – Option* (30 Credits) | Investigating Performance Traditions – Option* (30 Credits)

All students take the following 60 credit module:

Performance Research Project (60 Credits)
This course will prepare you for a career in the music industry in areas such as session recording, international touring, musical theatre, function bands, library music and music education, or you can progress on to further academic study in music.

TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

You will be taught at our campus in Kilburn, utilising our live rooms, tech suites and in-house music studio facilities as well as classrooms and lecture rooms. You will have access to use these facilities outside of class time while you are a student at ICMP in order to rehearse and record your music.

You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small group tutorials, performance workshops, music technology workshops tutorials and one to one instrumental tuition.

You will have access to the Student Services Department for support and advice concerning welfare, finance, personal development, safeguarding etc. You'll also have access to our Professional Development team ‘The Hub, who provide bespoke music industry careers advice and access to unique industry opportunities.

As a student of UEL you will also enjoy access to a range of UEL facilities, including the 24/7 multimedia libraries, with over 300,000 books, journals, audio-visual resources and archives, 500 electronic books and 25,000 electronic journals and databases.

Teaching and Learning

On the MMus Popular Music Performance programme you will be taught by lecture, seminar discussion, and practical workshops as appropriate at ICMP's bespoke facilities in Kilburn.

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you'll be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, concert venues, rehearsal facilities and preparing coursework assignments.Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including our Learning Resource Centre, our many performance and practice rooms, and well-equipped tech suites.
Throughout the duration of your course your time will be split as follows:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment hours per year: 252hrs

Self-study hours per year: 1548hrs

Assessment

Each module must be completed and all are individually assessed with the exception of the two ‘Semester A’ modules, which are assessed through a combined recital (unless the part-time pathway is taken in which case each assessment is individual). Assessment is normally based on one or two pieces of work, a recital or performance, or submission of a portfolio.
The assessment breakdown of this programme is:

50% Coursework

50% Practical

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants will normally have a good Honours degree (upper second or first) or equivalent, or comparable professional or research experience.

ICMP London school of music also welcomes applications from established practitioners who are keen to undertake study at the postgraduate level but may not possess the required qualifications. These students may be given credit for their prior study or experience.

International: English language requirement – minimum level B2 of the CEFR.

When completing an application for the Masters in Music Performance, please upload the following items online:

  • A personal reference (ideally from an undergraduate institution where appropriate)
  • A personal statement

You’ll also be asked to complete an audition/interview. Further documentation or evidence in support of your application may be required in certain cases.

HOW TO APPLY

 Please apply via  the "APPLY NOW" link  below.

At any time during the application process if you need help or further advice just contact our Admissions team who will be happy to assist you. 



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