Birmingham City University

Orchestral Performance (Strings) - MMus

Birmingham City University
In Birmingham

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Birmingham
Duration 2 Years
  • Postgraduate
  • Birmingham
  • Duration:
    2 Years

Regular individual tuition from CBSO players.
A dedicated CBSO mentor.
Opportunities to play within the CBSO.
Within the Conservatoire, regular departmental activities and access to masterclasses with distinguished visiting guest artists.
Frequent chances to perform within the Conservatoire, including solo, chamber and orchestral opportunities.
The flexibility to choose from a broad menu of Professional Development modules 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).

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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
4.0 25/05/2019
About the course: The staff is so helpful and the support is amazing and available everywhere. I haven't been at the student union yet as it is far.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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What you'll learn on the course

Music Management
Interactive Music Technology
Jazz studies
Historical Keyboard Performance
Performing and Producing in the Studio

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, 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

Course structure
MMus students will take two Principal Study Project modules (60 credits each), plus four Professional Development Option modules (30 credits each).
PgDip students will take one Principal Study Project module (60 credits), plus two Professional Development Option modules (30 credits each).

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