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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Teaching / Training Music Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

About this course

Enhance your understanding of music education with a master's degree at the University of Southampton. You’ll graduate with the skills for a career in music teaching or further research on a PhD.

Our MMus Music Education degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in various elements of music education. On this course, you’ll study:

  • current trends in musicological method and critical practice
  • key research skills in music education
  • a range of instrumental teaching techniques, styles and methods
  • the technique, history and repertoire of your instrument or voice, and associated performance techniques

Our academic staff are internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers, and established composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (for example, in film, TV and videogames), and jazz. These world-leading experts can offer you intensive one-to-one tuition in music history, culture and performance.

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with 4 specialist pathways:

  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Composition

On the Music Education pathway, you’ll work towards a final project in the form of either an extended essay or a portfolio of recorded lessons accompanied by a written commentary. We’ll work with you to create a portfolio of work that’s relevant to your career aspirations. On completion of the course, you’ll be ready to:

  • continue your research at a doctoral level
  • work in the music industry or wider cultural sector
  • become a teacher
  • work as a freelance musician

You can mix your music education modules with topics from other MMus pathways to develop a wider range of skills and personalise the course to your interests.

Careers

We recognise that music has increasingly become a 'portfolio career' and aim to provide our students with a platform for success in whatever area of music their aspirations lie.

A?master’s degree will help you to develop the key skills that employers look for, such as:

  • time, deadline and project management
  • problem solving
  • teamwork, relationship-building and working independently
  • cultural awareness
  • critical thinking and research analysis

Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.

Assessment methods (Outcome qualification level)

On this course you'lll learn through a range of activities that may include tutor and student-led seminars, presentations, individual instrumental or vocal lessons, observation and reflection, study visits and independent study and practice.

You'll be able to demonstrate what you have learnt through a variety of assessment methods, such as lesson observations and reflection, group and individual presentations, essays and analyses and your final project.

You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor for general support and have access to numerous facilities and equipment such as recording studios and specialist music software. Your contact hours will vary depending on your module choices.

Modules

This module introduces you to methodological approaches to musical studies and provides you with the professional skills necessary to write about music in different contexts.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

9,250

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This programme is now closed to all international applicants.

Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in music or a related subject.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more