The Business of Classical Music MA is an exciting and unique programme for anyone interested in progressing their career in the classical music industry, or entering or developing a career in arts management. The MA includes a significant work experience dimension with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The organisation includes the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the UK’s oldest professional symphony orchestra; the Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and an extensive learning and education programme.
Because the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is both a professional symphony orchestra and a venue presenting close to 400 concerts and events annually, the organisation has become fluent in the widest range of managerial specialisms. Students will be able to access this deep and rich body of experience in the lecture theatre and within the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, itself. In your first semester, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chief Executive and Executive Team will be guest speakers and in the second semester they will supervise a period of internship within the organisation with the opportunity to become familiar with the operation, management and development of a professional symphony orchestra. You will enjoy privileged access to concerts throughout your study and meet members of the orchestra and administration team in ways not available to the general public or students on other programmes.
As a consequence of the unique placement opportunity, you will graduate from this master's programme with enhanced employment prospects. These prospects will be enriched not just by exposure to the best minds of an historic and thriving institution but by the support we give you to complete a dissertation in your chosen specialist field. A dissertation is an extended piece of work that involves the generation of new research data. The University’s Department of Music has a long history in music industry studies and our staff will be able to give you the detailed academic support you require to realise a substantial study that helps demonstrate your newly developed expertise to prospective employers. Your CV will be improved and your skill levels will be raised in substantial and rewarding ways.
Strong research culture
Across the department, our research activity has a strong interdisciplinary nature and is concentrated in three cross-cutting areas:-
- Critical and Contextual Approaches
- Creative Practice
- Media and Industry Studies.
We're at the forefront of research and postgraduate teaching. Our Institute of Popular Music (IPM) was the first academic centre created specifically to study popular music – and where better than in the home of the Beatles? It also boasts an enviable archive of donated recorded material.
Staff and students contribute fully to our research areas, which are informed by the broadly defined fields of:
- Critical theory
- Music Analysis
- Music and the moving image (including new media)
- Music industries
- Media and cultural studies.
Research students participate fully in our research activity. They present papers at the department's research seminars, work as Teaching Assistants within the School (with pedagogical training and support provided). There are also weekly research, career, and teaching seminars for all postgrads.
As a postgraduate student you'll be able to attend research seminars involving guest speakers from many disciplines and subdisciplines. You'll also be closely involved in classical, traditional and popular music concerts performed by professional musicians and students.
Music has a partnership with composer Kenneth Hesketh and conductor Vasily Petrenko from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; the former has been made Honorary Professor of Music and the latter awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Liverpool.