The performance modules will allow you to develop your performance skills in different contexts. Supported by instrumental or vocal lessons with a specialist teacher, you’ll take part in regular performance classes to develop your repertoire.
As well as the potential to focus on a single concerto, song-cycle or extended work of 20-30 minutes, you can prepare for a final recital of 40-50 minutes that you will perform near the end of the course. Applied Performance Studies will allow you to prepare and deliver a solo or ensemble project, and reflect upon the process in a written commentary.
You can choose to take a module in Researching Performance, which will build your understanding of relevant research methods and approaches in music to equip you with a broader range of skills through which you can interpret and discuss your and others’ performing activities and practices.
You’ll also have the chance to expand your studies by choosing from the optional modules offered across the School of Music, allowing you to explore musicology, composition, psychology of music and more. If you choose to study part time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year. If you opt for the MMus Performance qualification, you’ll take more modules overall.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Performance PGDip Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Performance PGDip Part Time in the course catalogue
Instrumental or Voice Recital
Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
You will choose at least 30 credits from Applied Performance, a shorter Instrumental or Vocal Recital (on a different instrument or voice to your main 60-credit recital), Researching Performance, and Concerto/Song-Cycle/Extended Work. If you choose only one of these modules you will complete your enrollment by choosing one module from the list below.
Issues in Musicology
Electronic & Computer Music Contexts
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.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
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.