University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Music Performance

This course offers the opportunity to take part in directed ensembles, including symphony orchestras; chamber orchestras; big bands; symphonic wind orchestras; brass bands; choirs; chamber choirs; opera groups; new music ensembles; early music ensembles; folk groups; samba bands; South Asian arts ensembles; blues groups; jazz improvisation groups; as well as various chamber music ensembles.

Entry requirements

Admission is available to Honours graduates in music and holders of graduate diplomas in music. Your application should be supported by references from 2 referees, at least 1 of whom should have knowledge of your current abilities within music. You should have achieved a standard of vocal or instrumental performance equivalent to that of the LRSM Performers' Diploma. Applicants will be auditioned.

Course modules

Recital: You make a detailed study of a programme of recital pieces chosen in consultation with your individual teacher. Together with your teacher you devise a study scheme to develop appropriate technical abilities and consider in detail issues of interpretation and methods of presentation. Lessons will also include discussion of interpretative and technical issues arising from the reading of a wider repertory than that required purely for assessment. Assessment is by means of 2 recitals, the first in January and the second in June/July (30 per cent and 70 per cent respectively). Performance Studies
You participate in a series of lectures and seminars that aim to develop critical thinking and analytical methods, discussing critical issues confronting all performers. These enable you to develop independent and original interpretative approaches to your performance and to articulate these clearly. You perform in front of other students from a combination of courses (Year 3 undergraduate, PGDip, MMus) in workshops and are encouraged to make constructive criticism of your own and others' performances, giving you the opportunity to develop skills in communicating your musical ideas. Masterclasses and research fora by professional performers at the forefront of their fields aim to deepen your awareness of finer details of performance style. Assessment is through a 20-25 minute seminar or lecture-recital (33 per cent), a 1,500 word learning journal (25 per cent) and a 2,500 word portfolio (42 per cent). Applied Performance: You explore and assess critically ways in which your previous and current performance skills can be developed and applied in new situations, and/or extended through the acquisition of additional complementary performance skills. With the guidance of the Course Leader, you select two areas of applied performance that will take you on this developmental journey from a range of electives that will be offered each year (from such topics as chamber music, directed ensembles, keyboard skills and others), dependent on staff availability. Teaching is by means of lectures and workshops and assessment by two 20-minute performances (each 35 per cent) and a 3,000 word portfolio (30 per cent).

Assessment methods

Applicants are required to perform to an advanced standard across a range of styles and repertoire. Additionally, essays will be submitted which relate to the repertoire being performed.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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