University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Music (Creative Practice)

This programme is designed for creative musicians who cannot easily separate performance and composition in their work, for example, musicians working in improvised music, singer-songwriters or those interested in live electronics. You will take two compulsory research training modules, after which teaching and study progress from closely taught modules designed to secure and extend your technique to more autonomous, project-based learning opportunities. Having completed the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will progress to Masters stage and submit a final portfolio of work. This portfolio will likely feature a combination of live performance and composition.

Course modules

Example module listing: research training for practitioners A; research training for practitioners B; composition A; composition B; composition folio; studio techniques; performance A; conducting A; orchestral management 1; creative practice A; rock track poetics; African American music; historical performance practice; compositional techniques; contemporary issues in the cultural industries; English music from Elgar to Britten; synthesis and music programming screen music studies; performance A; performance B; conducting B; orchestral management 2; digital music improvisation 2; Anglo Celtic song traditions; jazz studies 2; opera studies; baroque fugue in practice; applied music 2; musical theatre.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Music - MMus Full-time September 2018 - 12 Months
Master of Music - MMus Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site GU2 7XH South East

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