Taught course

Popular Music Practice MMus

University of Huddersfield · School of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

You are required to have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree from a recognised University or equivalent institution. Your application materials (or previous qualifications) and live audition (or documentation of your performance) should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of performance and instrumental/vocal/other technique. Auditions should comprise of two contrasting pieces, one of which should relate to the your proposed specialism in performance.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Months of entry


Course content

b'This course is designed to enable you to pursue music performance at an advanced level, allowing you to specialise\r\nin particular areas and genres of music performance as well as develop your skills as a rounded and expert\r\nperformer. You will do so as part of a vibrant, stimulating and energetic community for music performance at the\r\nUniversity of Huddersfield.\r\nAs well as advancing your technical skills and confidence as a performer, you will work to gain a comprehensive\r\nknowledge and understanding of the repertoire you perform, develop your intellectual and creative skills required for\r\na high level of performance, and apply research skills with a view to making an original contribution to the\r\nprofessional context of music performance.\r\nYou may choose to specialise in the following areas, reflecting and drawing upon the expertise within Music and\r\nMusic Technology at the University of Huddersfield:\r\nBrass Band performance\r\nChoral Conducting\r\nConducting (1 place per year)\r\nHistorically Informed Performance\r\nImprovisation\r\nNew Music Performance\r\nOrgan Studies\r\nPiano Accompaniment\r\nPopular Music performance\r\nAlternatively, you may also select to pursue a broad programme of study within classical music.\r\nStaff teaching on the MMus Music Performance are themselves active as performers, as soloists and ensemble\r\nmembers, giving regular live concerts and releasing recordings to international critical acclaim. We offer expert\r\nEntry requirements\r\nCourse details\r\nCore modules\r\nResearching Music\r\nOn this module you will be introduced to a range of significant and contemporary scholarship relating to the study of\r\nmusic. You will learn about diverse approaches to music research, and receive training in managing research\r\nprofessionally and ethically. Central to the module is the development of research skills appropriate to postgraduate instrumental/vocal tuition appropriate to the specialisms from tutors who are experienced and highly regarded in\r\ntheir fields.\r\n\r\nMusic at the University of Huddersfield has an international reputation, and hosts what is possibly the largest\r\npostgraduate community in music in the world. All students on the course will be part of the Research Centre for\r\nPerformance Practices (ReCePP) which acts as a focus for staff and postgraduate community of performers in\r\nMusic and Drama. ReCePP encourages Performance-as-Research and Performance Studies research across a\r\nrange of disciplines. As well as being active as performers, all performance staff are leading researchers in fields of\r\nperformance practice and performance studies. ReCePP maintains strong connections with other research centres,\r\nincluding the Centre for Research in New Music CeReNeM and the Centre for Music, Culture and Identity which\r\nprovides a focus for musicological research in the department.\r\n\r\nThe University presents regular concerts throughout the academic year, hosting a wide variety of professional\r\nperformers across a range of genres and styles. Additionally the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and\r\nElectric Spring offer performances given by leading practitioners within the field of new music.\r\nI am a pianist specialising in new and experimental music, particularly the music of the American composers John\r\nCage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and my research is concerned with how we might use performance to\r\nunderstand music which is open in its notation, and thus in its possibilities for performance.\r\n\r\nI have recorded the complete works for solo piano by Morton Feldman (cited as one of the top five releases of 2019\r\nin The Guardian and The Wire) and numerous pieces by Cage and Wolff too. Recent research includes a book,\r\n\xe2\x80\x98John Cage\xe2\x80\x99s Concert for Piano and ...'

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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