Birmingham City University

Musicology - MA

Birmingham City University
In Birmingham

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

Most postgraduate conservatoire degrees are focused on performance or composition, and don’t cater for musicologists. This is not the case at Birmingham Conservatoire, where this course provides you with the opportunity not only to develop your skills as a musicologist, but to supplement them with complementary studies.

Your own research project will be at the heart of your programme. We are happy to hear from applicants considering research in any area of musicology, but we are particularly keen to attract those interested in the specialist areas covered by the Conservatoire’s large team of research-active staff.

These include French music of the seventeenth, eighteenth and twentieth centuries, Italian Baroque music, contemporary film and television music, theory and analytics, late medieval music, theory and critical editing, twentieth-century music theory and analysis, and music critics and criticism.

Alongside work towards your research project, you will choose from the Conservatoire’s menu of postgraduate Professional Development options, which will allow you to hone your skills in complementary areas, as well as to interact and network with fellow musicians and a range of staff, as well as enjoying the excellent facilities the Conservatoire boasts.

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Birmingham (West Midlands)
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To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

You will benefit from the Conservatoire’s excellent library resources, as well as the opportunity to get involved with our wider research community of students and staff through seminars, study days and other events.

· Who is it intended for?

Our aim is to prepare you for employment, giving you the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in your chosen branch of the music profession. This will give you a head-start in meeting the challenges involved in becoming a professional musician in the 21st century. We also offer you guidance in making choices on your programme by encouraging you to consider your future plans, as well as your priorities. This will ensure that your decisions are strategic in relation to your professional development and future employability.

· Requirements

UK students should normally hold a 2:1 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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5.0 22/05/2019
About the course: The university is interesting. The lectures were good and the teachers were so passionate. The facilities are amazing. The city life is full of shopping.
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What you'll learn on the course

Music Theory
Music Management
Music Composition
Jazz Improvisation
Historical Performance
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
  • Advanced Music Criticism 30 credits
  • Critical Editing 30 credits
  • Music and Ideas 30 credits
  • Issues in Jazz Studies 30 credits

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