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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Community music is a growing career option, as more and more musicians opt to work outside formal settings like the concert hall and many orchestras and arts organisations seek to extend their audience base into the community.

Community music covers work in schools, prisons or hospitals, the development of music in under-resourced areas and with disadvantaged people and the development of creative partnerships between people of different skills and cultures. Most music programmes focus on musicology and instrumental/vocal excellence - this course will challenge you to build on these skills and think critically about the practical applications of music beyond the concert hall.

You'll leave with the well-honed skills needed to facilitate access to music for a diverse range of people. The course also covers project management and arts administration, management, and consultancy, and combines scholarship with professional and charitable outcomes, experience that will be invaluable in any career you may wish to pursue.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed through a combination of essays and a choice of practical work such as workshops, lesson plans, performances, compositions, or business plans. You'll also produce a 10,000-12,000-word dissertation in relation to your practical placement.

Careers and skills

Graduates of this course are highly placed in many of the UK arts institutions, with many employed at UK and overseas institutions. Others have taken advantage of the diverse portfolio of arts management and administration gained from this course or gone on to qualify further as music therapists. You'll also be perfectly equipped to continue your studies to PhD level.

Career opportunities

  • Community Outreach Officer, University of Cambridge
  • Participation Producer, Southbank Centre, London
  • Education Manager, London Mozart Players
  • Director, Sound Out Cork
  • Music Tutor, HM Young Offenders' Institution, Wetherby
  • Arts Development Officer, City of Durham Council

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    18th

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching delivered by leading academics, integrated with award-winning employability programmes, equips students for the international labour market.
A diverse campus community of students from over 150 countries that offers a lifelong global alumni network.
Specialist international student support includes orientation, immigration advice, Language Skills Centres, and International Pathway College programmes.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 87 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    151 74%

    20th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    31st

    8
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.31 86%

    14th

    10

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