- Entry requirements: Related 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
- Full-time: 12 months
This programme provides you with the skills and experience needed to progress your music performance to the next level. With professional support from working musicians at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, as well as the expert guidance of our lecturer's, you will develop your craft as a prospective professional musician.
You will develop key performance skills enabling improve your musicisianship and confidence on the stage.
You will learm professional music teaching practices. This will equip you with the skills you need to move forward in a career teaching music.
You’ll also learn how to produce a performance based research body of work.
Grasp opportunities to perform with professional musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for performance assessments throughout the course.
You’ll explore approaches towards and techniques for teaching Music, and develop the skills to analyse performances of a wide variety of repertoires, enabling you to question assumptions about performances made by performers today.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
Please note: programme and module details are illustrative and subject to change.
The modules to which the individual instrumental lessons are attached are Performance 1, Performance 2 and Major Project (assuming the final recital option is taken). A professional accompanist is provided for all performance assessments. Students should complete the modules from Semesters 1 and 2 before taking the Major Project.
For non-native English speakers, we also strongly recommend the following module: ENLU102 In-sessional English Language Support (year-long).
This module focuses on raising awareness of, and developing approaches to, efficient reflective practice, interpretive skills and professional deportment suited to Masters level. Students will work towards a performance in a solo recital capacity or equivalent. They will receive 1-to-1 tuition on their specialist instrument, complemented by weekly workshops in which they will receive opportunities both to practise and to perform in front of others and to undergo peer review.
The module provides students with the necessary core skills to research music performance at Masters level. These skills include writing an annotated bibliography, the use of music notation software for score publication, and formulating a research proposal for a small-scale performance research project. In order to assist students in the development of suitable research proposals, instructional workshops will be complemented by research seminars in which students will be introduced to recent performance research, analytical methods and associated techniques.
This module supports students in the development of their particular research interests and will typically follow through with plans from the research proposal written for the Research Skills module. As appropriate, students will be encouraged to engage with key practitioners, theory, historical perspectives, performance practice, philosophical debate, analytical techniques, and a range of research methods. Diverse output types are available depending on what will best support the student’s future academic or employment ambitions. For instance, a project may include practice-led research, practice-as-research or research-led practice elements or it may take the form of an essay or short performing/critical edition. Seminars will involve discussion of specific texts to support the range of work explored in students’ chosen projects. Performance recording projects may be developed in a studio setting if the student has the appropriate studio skills.
The module will involve studying the skills and processes of teaching and learning a musical instrument or voice and will equip students to have a knowledge of appropriate teaching styles and methods. The teaching context will focus on 1-to-1 tuition. Throughout the module there will be opportunities for students to observe real teachers teaching real lessons to real pupils via audio-visual resources. Students will be encouraged to reflect and comment on these examples, developing their critical awareness of the effectiveness of the teaching. In addition, all students will be encouraged to set up observations of live teaching in situ with a professionally qualified teacher and to keep an observation diary.
This module focuses on music performance teaching skills in group work contexts, exploring alternative teaching and learning methods and addressing issues relating to potential external engagements with a view to preparing students for a portfolio career. It will raise student awareness and understanding of a range of complementary practices and will provide opportunities for their pedagogical applications.
The module develops and extends technical aspects of performance, broadens repertoire, supports students in the establishing of performance networks and furthers performance experiences. It focuses on applying performance skills to ensemble work, whether that be in a chamber ensemble context, or taking on a concerto role or opera/musical theatre repertoire. Students will receive 1-to-1 tuition on their specialist instrument, complemented by weekly workshops in which they have opportunities to develop ensemble skills, to rehearse and to perform in front of others and to undergo peer review.
Students will pursue an extended/larger scale project according to their chosen performance studies specialism. They may opt for a long recital or a pedagogy/research project equivalent to 45 minutes of performance or 15,000 words. As part of the project, and where appropriate, students may choose to develop suitable materials for self-marketing and career development plans. Students will receive dedicated tutorial support to help hone the project, which includes instrumental lessons for those taking the recital option.
Teaching on the MMus in Music Performance is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials held on campus, as well as 20hours of 1–1 specialist instrumental/vocal tuition. There are also opportunities for students to participate in masterclass workshops and perform with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). All students take all modules, which cover solo and ensemble performance, research, and pedagogy; concluding with a major project which can specialise or combine these areas. Class sizes are typically between 10–15 students.
Students on the MMus are assessed through a combination of formative and summative coursework. This takes a number of different forms, including research portfolios, reflective and research essays, presentations, and performances (both solo and ensemble).
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
As a music student at the University of Liverpool, you will be a part of a small and friendly department. With access to our extensive range of facilities including state-of-the-art recording faclilities, our auditorium and professionally maintained instruments. All while being surrounded by like-minded musicians.
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The MMus in Performance develops key skills to those working or wishing to work in a variety of fields related to music. The MMus is particularly suitable for graduates looking to pursue careers in the arts, specifically relating to music performance and research, as well as teaching.
You may want to take this course for your personal development and the revitalization of subject awareness. Equally, the MMus is designed to prepare you for further research at PhD level or embarking on a portfolio career as a musician, combining teaching and performance, alongside other avenues of the music industry.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£10,400|
|Full-time place, per year||£21,300|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.
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The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree, or above, or equivalent. This degree should be in music or an arts, humanities or social science subject. Joint-honours degrees, where music or a related subject is combined with another, are accepted.
An interview usually forms part of the selection process.
We look at the individual qualities of applicants and encourage applications from those with first degrees obtained from music conservatories and mature students with non-traditional backgrounds.
You will be required to submit evidence of your performance skills. This should take the form of a video where you are performing classical music for 15-20 minutes. Please include a link to the performance demo in your supporting statement.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
Standard Level (Grade 5)
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 19, Reading 19, Speaking 20.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
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Last updated 23 March 2023 / / Programme terms and conditions /