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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Overview

Concentrate on your development as a performing musician by exploring solo, duo and ensemble work, benefitting from study with our experienced specialist instrumental/vocal teachers to expand your technique and musicianship. This flexible course enables you to enhance your technical prowess, expand your repertoire and hone your interpretative strategies as a performer, alongside developing your critical skills in commenting on your own performances and those of others.

You’ll study with one of our expert professional instrumental/vocal teachers and perform a recital as the major part of your course. You will also choose one or two further modules offering opportunities to explore an extended work, undertake a distinctive applied performance study, present a second, shorter recital on a different instrument/voice from that of your main recital, or develop your understanding of relevant research methods and approaches in music to support your interpretation and discussion of performance.

Depending on which performance options you select, you may also have the chance to expand your studies by choosing an optional module in another area of music such as musicology, or the music industry. This course is ideal if you want to focus entirely on your performing interests by taking a smaller selection of modules than the more intensive MMus Performance course.

We have a variety of excellent facilities to support your learning, including rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition.

We also have good working relationships with a range of prestigious arts organisations: we host BBC Radio 3 concerts, Leeds Lieder and the Leeds International Piano Competition, as well as enjoying a close partnership with Opera North and many others in a city with a thriving music and cultural scene.

Learning and teaching

You’ll take instrumental and vocal lessons with our specialist teachers.

However, lessons can be organised with teachers from the surrounding area such as Opera North and the Royal Northern College of Music by individual arrangement.

Read about our instrumental and vocal teachers.

You’ll also attend seminars and tutorials. However, independent study is crucial, allowing you to hone your skills and explore your own creative approaches to performance.

Assessment

Your performances will largely be assessed through your recitals, and you’ll also submit course notes for each recital that you complete.

Depending upon your module choices, other modules may also assess you on project work, bibliographical exercises, essays and presentations.

Optional modules may also use specialist tasks such as compositions or critical editions.

Career opportunities

This course will allow you to develop as a performer, improve your musical knowledge and gain critical, research and communication skills.

Graduates have pursued a range of careers in orchestral playing, solo performance, instrumental teaching, and arts administration. Several have also pursued further study at conservatoires in the UK and abroad, or research degrees at Leeds and other institutions.

You could also go on to study at PhD level.

We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music has an Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

Application deadline

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,500per 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 Leeds

  • University League Table

    16th

  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    187 86%

    7th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    14th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%

    45th

    1

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