Taught course

Historically Informed Performance Practice

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Culture and Creative Arts
Qualifications
MMus

Entry requirements

Normally, at least a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in Music, plus an audition.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This Masters will provide you with opportunities to develop insight and experience in historical performance practice of music. The MMus, taught jointly with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), combines vocal or instrumental study with performance-related academic research and an element of apprenticeship with professional ensembles.

Why Glasgow

  • We offer the unique opportunity to study alongside world-class performer-scholars, and to work both within the University and the Conservatoire environment.
  • The UK’s first UNESCO city of music, Glasgow is home to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland.
  • If you’re aspiring to perform professionally or wishing to undertake historical research relating to performance practice, or both: this programme is designed for you.
  • As an accomplished performer, this programme will enhance your performance skills and knowledge with detailed, rigorous study of historical performance practice (particularly of music of the 17th and 18th centuries).
  • You will benefit from access to our facilities including seminar and practice rooms, the University library, two audio labs and an electroacoustic music studio, the University’s concert hall and attached studios. You will also have access to facilities at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Programme Structure

Two routes are available: one weighted toward performance, the other toward musicological enquiry.

Core courses include

  • Two series of seminars in historically informed performance practice
  • Practical presentation
  • Practical portfolio
  • Dissertation
  • Assessed performance recital.

You will have the opportunity to undertake workshops, rehearsals and potentially performances in collaboration with leading ensembles such as the Dunedin Consort and Concerto Caledonia; as UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow offers enormous opportunities to become involved with music making at a professional level. There is ample opportunity for ensemble playing, leading to the development of valuable musical team working and interpersonal skills.

Career prospects

Our degree programmes open up opportunities to access or advance careers in the creative industries, whether working as a professional composer or musician, in the music industry for a record company, management company or promoter, or in the media industry. Some graduates have combined their degrees with other studies to pursue careers in areas such as law and education.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 24
    • Listening: 24
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 27
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MMus

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Professor John Butt
Email
John.Butt@glasgow.ac.uk