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Full time | Bangor University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Performance / Playing

Course type


Course Summary

About This Course

The MMus Performance course is ideal for those who are already proficient instrumental or vocal performers, and wish to refine their skills and extend their knowledge. On this programme you will refine your technical and interpretative skills, acquire a deeper understanding of contemporary and historical contexts relating to the performance of music, and develop skills and methodologies to undertake specialist research relating to your creative practice. You will also hone high-level transferable skills in critical thinking, conceptual thinking, problem solving, analysis, communication, self-direction and originality.

You will work closely with professional performers and established researchers, most of whom have international profiles. The School enjoys close links with industrial and third-sector partners such as Welsh National Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble Cymru, and it is often possible for students to undertake a work placement during the course of the programme.


The MMus in Performance will widen your experience of performing and will develop your academic skills in relation to your practice. The programme will equip you for further study of performance and/or musicology at PhD level and beyond. It will also equip you with skills in creativity, self-discipline, analysis and communication which are valued by employers both within and outside the field of music. Recent graduates have pursued successful careers as professional performers, concert promoters, arts administrators, teachers, educational advisers, performers, and business people.


This module aims: 1. to enable the student to produce an extended piece of writing that embodies the methods and results of a research project. 2. to acquire a wider and more profound knowledge and understanding of the field of study, building on the work undertaken for MA Part I. 3. to enhance study and research skills as appropriate 4. to develop independence of thought and the ability to sustain an argument 5. to learn how to structure a complex argument, incorporating a range of primary and secondary evidence. 6. to understand concepts and techniques currently being applied in the chosen field 7. to enable selection of a methodology or methodologies appropriate to the chosen subject. 8. to develop the ability to communicate persuasively and unambiguously in writing. 9. to develop the ability to document evidence using an appropriate system of referencing.

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Entry requirements

A first degree at 2.ii standard or higher (or equivalent) is required. Candidates for this programme must be able to demonstrate excellent performance skills; most will have either an excellent grade in an undergraduate final-year recital (good 2.i or higher), a high mark in DipABRSM (or equivalent) or at least a pass at LRSM (or equivalent). Applicants will be asked to audition, or, where this is not feasible, to provide a recorded video performance featuring contrasting repertoire (25-30 minutes) which can be in the form of links to content on YouTube or Dropbox, or by uploading video files.

University information

Located on the beautiful North Wales coast between the mountains and the sea, Bangor University has a rich academic history and delivers a superb student experience, making it a unique higher education institution in the UK. A welcoming academic community with around 10,000 students, Bangor University has a renowned reputation for excellent student support, offering a diverse range of courses spanning subject areas within the arts and...more