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MA

Music Performance Studies

Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Develop as a performer with stylistic awareness and an understanding of how to prepare for the concert platform.
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Course description

This course incorporates performance-based research skills into music performance and practice. You'll learn advanced ensemble skills. Modules are designed to help you develop as a performer.

Through intensive one-to-one lessons with specialist tutors, performance workshops and masterclasses, we'll help you prepare for a public recital examination.

The Department of Music plays an important role in Sheffield’s thriving cultural life, promoting over 60 concerts a year as well as productions of opera in the University's theatre. We also have close links with Music in the Round, which brings some of the world's finest musicians to Sheffield.

There are lots of opportunities to gain performance experience, for example through our concert series, orchestras and ensembles, and numerous external venues.

Many of our graduates have gone into the music profession. While a large number are performing and teaching, others have stayed to continue their studies at PhD level, or taken up offers to study at leading music conservatoires.

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Modules

Core modules

Module information on department website

Teaching

Individual instrumental or vocal tuition, seminars and individual tutorials.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a recital at the end of the course, presentations and coursework.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
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Studying a performance-based masters in a university where there are experts in other areas is a great opportunity. Being able to address my performance with new perspectives as a result of cross-specialisation input has brought new ideas and freshness to my own approach as a musician.

Alison York
MA Music Performance Studies

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.

Degrees in other related subjects may be acceptable depending on your background.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

University and faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April. You can also apply for a small grant to support your postgraduate research project.

Funding information on the Department of Music website

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

My research unit studies the many roles of music in our wellbeing, in life circumstances that are both everyday (music practice, language learning, sleep) and extraordinary (living with dementia, hospital treatment). With my international collaborators I also work on the psychology of music memory and the evaluation of music performance.

Dr Victoria Williamson
Department of Music

Apply

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0495

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.