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MA Musical Direction

Leeds Conservatoire

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Entry requirements

A good honours degree in any subject, with an upper 2nd (2:1) classification or equivalent, usually theatre, music or theatre/music-related, but qualifications in other fields will also be reviewed and considered. Equivalent professional experience may also be accepted and reviewed at application and audition stages as evaluated by APEL. All students requiring a visa to study in the UK must meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's English Language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5

Months of entry


Course content

Leed's Conservatoire's MA in Musical Direction is designed to prepare highly-skilled musicians to embark upon a career as a musical director.

With tailored one-to-one classes, students will hone their musicianship and be exposed to a wide range of working practices, working alongside key practitioners, companies and industry professionals from across the region.

Students will learn the fundamental skills necessary to work professionally as a musical director in the theatre industry. Practical skills include keyboard skills (including programming), conducting, song analysis, scoring and arranging. You will work with singers, learn audition/accompaniment techniques, build repertoire, and gain a strong understanding of vocal technique and acting through song. You will study rehearsal techniques to work successfully with actors, singers and musicians.

Students on the MA Musical Direction course will work with students from the other Theatre MAs, generating new work in a collaborative, student-led environment. You will find and hone your individual creative voice as an artist and practitioner through this way of working. Throughout the year there will be several opportunities for these developing works to be performed in a range of contexts and environments.

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Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA(Hons)
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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