Birmingham City University

Jazz - MMus

Birmingham City University
In Birmingham

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Birmingham
Duration 1 Year
  • Postgraduate
  • Birmingham
  • Duration:
    1 Year

Our postgraduate courses in Jazz also provide you with excellent opportunities to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession.

Specialist instrumental tuition

All of our tutors are professional jazz musicians active on today's scene.

What's covered in the course?

Specialise as a jazz performer or as an instigator.
Performance courses built around the art of improvisation.
Regular opportunities to rehearse and perform with small and large jazz ensembles.
At PgDip and MMus levels, the flexibility to choose from a broad menu of Professional Development modules – including some specifically in the Jazz area – designed to help you work towards achieving your personal career aspirations.
Personal support as you make plans for your future career.
The flexibility to transfer from PgDip to MMus once you have begun your studies (but before completion of the PgDip course).
At PgCert level, the ability to focus wholly on the Principal Study area.
Regular individual specialist tuition.
Priority access to guest masterclass sessions.
The chance to develop a distinctive musical voice.
An intensive one-year MMus route is available (for exceptional candidates only).

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Where and when



Birmingham (West Midlands)
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To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

Our aim is to send you out with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in your chosen branch(es) of the music profession, giving you a head-start in meeting the challenges involved in becoming a professional musician in the 21st century.

· Who is it intended for?

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market. It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

· Requirements

UK students should normally hold an honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music.

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Student Reviewer
4.5 25/05/2019
About the course: The course and the social life is amazing for me. The facilities are better in the new campus. Birmingham is so lively and it is good to live here.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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What you'll learn on the course

Music Technology
Jazz Improvisation
Historical Performance
Instrumental/Vocal Teaching Placement
Interactive Music Technology

Course programme

Professional Development Options - List A
  • Teaching Matters: Principles and Practice 30 credits
  • Historical Performance Practice 30 credits
  • Issues in Contemporary Music Composition and Performance 30 credits
  • Music Technology Contexts 30 credits
  • Concepts in Jazz Improvisation 30 credits

Professional Development Options - List B
  • Instrumental/Vocal Teaching Placement 30 credits
  • Music, Community and Wellbeing 30 credits
  • Music Management 30 credits
  • Self-defined Professional Project 30 credits
  • Lecture-Recital 30 credits
  • Historical Keyboard Performance 30 credits
  • Performing and Producing in the Studio 30 credits
  • Interactive Music Technology Performance 30 credits
  • Writing Music for Media 30 credits
  • Orchestration 30 credits
  • Research Project 30 credits
  • Advanced Music Criticism 30 credits
  • Critical Editing 30 credits
  • Music and Ideas 30 credits
  • Issues in Jazz Studies 30 credits