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  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 degree or higher (or its equivalent) in any discipline.For students for whom English is a second language there will be the requirement that they attain a minimum of 6.5 IELTS with no band less than 6.0.
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Module details

The Business of Classical Music MA will consist of six modules; three in the first semester and three in the second yielding a credit total of 120. The further 60 credits will be earned through the completion of the dissertation which can be on any aspect of classical music business.

 

Compulsory modules

Managing Classical Music (MUSI541)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

​Thus module aims to

Introduce the student to the Management as an essential skill-set in the delivery of music outcomes; notably, the maintenance and development of a symphony orchestra and the maintenance and development of a large concert venue and a smaller music venue.

Identify the challenges of managing a complex music organisation, department-by-department.

Introduce students to core and specific managerial skill-sets


Learning Outcomes

​The student will be able to identify, appraise and critique the core aims of management

​The student will be able to describe, assess and evaluate the specific challenges associated with specific ''regions of management within a music organisation.

​The student will be familiar with the goals of distinct forms of music organisation, notably a symphony orchestra and a large venue and be able to appraise and evaluate those goals.

​The student will be able to locate classical music within the wider market for music and interpret and elucidate the range of forces active in such a market.

The student will be able to elucidate and interpret the contrasts entailed when managing an orchestra alongside two venues.

​ The student will be able to assess and critique the range of constraints and opportunities involved in the maintenance of charitable status and stakeholder engagement, more generally.
Studying Music Industry (MUSI510)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

Aims

1. To demonstrate the key approaches that have been adopted in the study of Music Industry

2. To provide a basic training in humanities research at postgraduate level

3. To support the identification and development of dissertation topics

 

 

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students will:

1.be able to appraise and critique key approaches to the study of the music industries
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2. be able to evaluate and critique the distinct contributions of, and relations between, the various disciplines that have taken music industry as their object of study.​

3. have developed skills in research appropriate for the study of the music industries at postgraduate level, especially the ability to generate and interpret primary data.
Music Contracts (MUSI516)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

·To encourage students to recognise that music industry is structured by direct and indirect acts of legislation and by case law.

·To examine issues of contract law and its connection with the ownership, transference and exploitation of the right to make copies of songsand recordings

To encourage students to appreciate the interaction between rights transference and the disciplines of music production

 To encourage in students a grasp of the legal framework within and through which music industry takes place

·To develop awareness in students of the nature of disputes within the music industry and the bearing of case law precedents upon them.

To consider the recording industry''s resort to the legal system to maintain its competitive position in the market for popular music products with regard to music and the internet

Learning Outcomes​Students will be able to evaluate key legal principles and acts of legislation related to music creativity and music business.

 



Students will be able to evaluate and critique legally-binding agreements central to music business.

Students will be able to appraise decisions taken in high-profile disputes that have become case law precedents.

Students will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge in regard to the implications of legally-binding agreements with the broadest range of music-related production activities

Working At the Philharmonic (MUSI542)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
AimsThe overarching aim of the module is to afford the opportunity for students to engage directly with a working symphony orchestra and concert hall, and to be supported in developing and managing knowledge through reference to relevant secondary  literature.
Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to describe and evaluate the day-to-day routines of management across a range of specialisms.

The student will be able to interpret and elucidate their own self-development within the context of a work-place.

​The student will be able to analyse and itemise the ''working parts'' of a complex music organisation and will be able to discuss the challenges associated with this complexity that management must address and resolve.

​The employability of the student will be enhanced through a combination of attention to task, refexivity in regard to the performance of tasks, reporting analytically on their performance but also on the role they have shadowed in a complex organisation.

Audiences (MUSI540)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

​To develop an awareness in students of the complexities of the contemporary music market.

To introduce students to the practices and processes involved and engaged in addressing the central need for symphony orchestras to develop and sustain audiences.

To introduce students to the methods utilised by a large-scale venue to attarct audiences to a diverse range of music events.

To introduce students to the methods used by large institutions to the need to identify and consolidate stake-holders.

To encourage students to create their own opportunities for learning through interaction with Liverpool Philharmonic as an institution.




Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to assess and interpret the complexity of the market for live music perfcrmances.

The students will be able to critique with methods for identifying potential audience members

 

​The students will be able to generate strategies for targetting specific audience segments.

The students will be able to describe and evaluate the operational demands on a large music institution in regard to developing audiences.

The students will be able to appraise and evaluate the core tasks and responsibilities of personnel charged with audience development.

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​The students will be able to identify and theorise the need for a range of funding sources in sustaining classical institutions.

Students willevidenceandbeabletojustifytheiradherencetotheprofessionalstandardsheldasfundamentaltothepracticeofthetwoinstitutionsjoinedthroughthedegreeprogramme.

Artistic Planning (MUSI543)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

  • ​​The module will introduce the student to the complexities of forward planning for an orchestra and for two venues.
  • The module will encourage students to consider the interactions between satisfying audience demand for familiar repertoire and the orchestra''s (and institution''s) need for innovation.
  • Students will be made aware of the challenges associated with co-managing across three programmes - that of the orchestra, the concert hall and the ''Music Room''.
  • Students will be introduced to managerial demands in terms of their similarities and differences per objective, goal and department under consideration.

Learning Outcomes

​The student will be able to describe and evaluate the management of a symphony orchestra in all respects.

The student be able to describe and evaluate the challenge associated with running a concert hall.

The student will be able to appraise, interpret and critique how a complex cultural organization plans and delivers its programmes.

The student will be able to interpret the programme-centred decisions taken by the organisation in terms of its audience, the aims of the organisation and the competition faced by the institution.

The student will be able to appraise the range of variables engaged when planning a programme of events and critique the decisions made from a range of perspectives.

Dissertation MA in the Business of Classical Music (MUSI544)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterSummer (June-September)
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

 

• To deepen the student''s knowledge of the chosen topic in order to allow them to apply knowledge developed in the taught modules • To develop and practice research skills in ways that afford the student the opportunity to demonstrate skills of elucidation, interpretation and critique • To demonstrate skills of argumentation at a level commensurate with Masters'' level education
Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to appraise and interpret the modes and methods of research appropriate to the discipline of music industry studies.

The student will be able to plan and execute an extended piece of research involvingthe generation of primary data by appropriate and ethically sound techniques​ The student will be able to elucidate and justify methodological choices

The student will have demonstrated the ability tosustain analysis over an extended argument at postgraduate level​

The student will be able to apply knowledge developed in taught modules

The student will be able to evaluate and critique literature relevant to their specific area of research