Taught course

Popular Music Performance

Institution
University of West London · London College of Music
Qualifications
MMus

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You need:

  • an honours degree (2:1 or above) in music with performance, performance or another relevant subject
  • an unedited recording of two contrasting pieces of music.
Essay question for applicants

To assess your suitability for the course, we ask you to write a 1,000 word essay on the following topic (roughly 1, 000 words):

If you were asked to develop a project which used your practice as research what would you do?

Identify and explain some of the distinctions between practice based and conventional research. In your work give some examples of research methods that might be employed in practice based research. Using this as a foundation, outline a practice based research project that you might undertake which focused on your areas of interest.

Months of entry

September

Course content

We have designed this popular music degree to reflect your needs as a professional artist. While some modules focus on practice and others on theory and research, you will notice more overlap as your studies progress.

Your practical modules will include extensive ensemble work and individual instrumental tuition. Academic modules will include research methods and critical perspectives, which will prepare you to devise and execute a final practice-based research project. You will also take an option module, where you may choose between studio recording, music pedagogy and songwriting.

The third trimester is dedicated to your final project, which will conclude your course.

Our tutors are active research academics and/or professional musicians of the highest standard. They will use a variety of teaching methods, including one-to-one tuition, ensemble work, lectures, workshops and practical sessions.

As a member of the extensive LCM community, you will be able to participate in an array of musical activities, broadening your learning experience and professional network. Our ensembles include LCM Pop and Gospel Choir, LCM Big Band and LCM Chamber Choir.

Information for international students

You need to meet our English language requirement - a minimum of IELTS 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening). Other equivalent English language examinations will be considered. For more information, contact the International Office.

You also need academic qualifications at the same level as UK applicants. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Check for local equivalents.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses.

Academic requirements

As part of your application, we will ask you to provide us with:

  • an unedited recording of two contrasting pieces of music
  • two references (one academic)
Essay question for applicants

To assess your suitability for the course, we ask you to write a 1,000 word essay on the following topic (roughly 1, 000 words):

If you were asked to develop a project which used your practice as research what would you do?

Identify and explain some of the distinctions between practice based and conventional research. In your work give some examples of research methods that might be employed in practice based research. Using this as a foundation, outline a practice based research project that you might undertake which focused on your areas of interest.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,000
International students
£13,000

For information please visit the UWL website:

http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/help-funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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Course information
Email
courses@uwl.ac.uk
Phone
0800 036 8888