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What will I learn?

Why choose this course?

This Music Performance MMus course 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. The curriculum is enriched by a broad view of musical styles and genres, exploiting the diversity of a repertoire that encompasses Western classical music, popular and world music.

What you will study

You will cover issues of performance practice, aesthetics of music performance, analysis for performers, psychology of music performance, and performance presentation.

Teaching and assessment

On the Music Performance MA, you'll be assessed in a variety of forms, including public performance recitals; a portfolio of presentational and promotional materials; essays, critiques, debates and critical reviews; and an extended project essay.

After you graduate

The Music Performance MMus combines compositional and practical skills, alongside theoretical knowledge; graduates become well equipped for a broad range of careers, including: performing professionally; teaching in school; higher education; instrumental teaching; outreach work; and educational workshops.

Which department am I in?

Department of Performing Arts (Drama, Dance and Music)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,800.00 (17,34,571) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021


Kingston Hill

Kingston Hill,

Kingston upon Thames,


KT2 7LB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must need 3.0 grade point average, with the following exception for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing, a bachelors degree with a good grade point average in relevant subjects. For certain courses work experience will also be required. For MBA students need to have Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average with two years' work experience. IELTS score 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all elements, TOEFL Score 88.

For international students

Students need to have 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). 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. Applicants will be asked to submit an online portfolio of a video-recorded performance of two contrasting pieces. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS academic test in English with an overall score of 6.5, with no element below 5.5, TOEFL IBT with overall score of 88 with individual skills of R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.