Creative Musician

MMus / PgDip

Leeds College of Music MA and MMus students collaborated in the Postgraduate Showcase on 26 March 2015, a chance to perform their work to an audience from all over Leeds.

A Collaborative Curriculum

Postgraduate study at Leeds College of Music offers you the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers, performers and producers as you develop your skills as a professional-level musician.
 
Promoting the development of independent thought and original practice, the curriculum emphasises an appreciation of the social impact of music making, both at local and global levels,
 
As part of an international and eclectic community, you will engage in one-to-one tutorials with a specialist tutor, and take part in lectures, workshops and seminars designed to help you explore methodologies for producing high quality material, and increase your critical awareness of how your work is received.
 
Representing a broad range of genres and disciplines and embracing everything from film music to jazz, classical, sound art and popular music, our course tutors are world-class musicians and leading academics with extensive experience in providing bespoke guidance.

The Mmus Creative Musician curriculum is informed by an annual steering group of experienced industry professionals actively involved in music journalism, artist management, and public arts funding.


A Uniquely Flexible Course

Studying on the MMus Creative Musician, you will benefit from our uniquely flexible course, which allows you to focus on different creative specialisms from one trimester to the next.
 
You will be given opportunities to work with the highly talented and versatile pool of musicians at the conservatoire. With a deep understanding of the creative and industrial contexts within which your practice exists, as an alumnus you will be prepared for a career as a musician.
 
You can study to PgDip or MMus level.


Course Structure

Specialist Study
Each trimester, students enrolled on both the PGDip and MMus programmes are, subject to a suitable level of existing proficiency, able to request that their tuition incorporate one or more of the following specialisms: composition, performance and production. Students then choose to be assessed either through recorded/scored work submitted as a portfolio, or by live performance or installation.
 
In the final trimester, all students progressing to Masters level are required to present their work publicly, rather than through portfolio. Students develop this work with the guidance of one to one tutors, course tutors, professional guests and fellow group members.
 
Creative Practice in Context
All students conduct critical and analytical research into their own practice as it relates to relevant surrounding creative and professional cultures, and are assessed either through submitted written essay or spoken exam. Materials will be gathered and developed in group-taught sessions, tutorials and through individual research.

 

Module Assessment Credits
Specialist Study 1 One of the following:
  • Public performance of existing work/repertoire (20 minutes)
  • Original newly-created pieces publicly performed, installed or otherwise publicly shared by the composer (15 minutes)
  • Portfolio of original newly-created compositions/production work (20 minutes)
40
Creative Practice in Context 1 One of the following:
  • 4000 word essay
  • 20-minute presentation and accompanying 1500 word bibliography
20
Specialist Study 2 One of the following:
  • Public performance of existing work/repertoire (30 minutes)
  • Original newly-created pieces publicly performed, installed or otherwise publicly shared by the composer (25 minutes)
  • Portfolio of original newly-created compositions/production work (30 minutes)
40
Creative Practice in Context 2 One of the following:
  • 4000 word essay
  • 20-minute presentation and accompanying 1500 word bibliography
20
Specialist Study 3 One of the following, accounting for 70% of the mark:
  • Public performance of existing work (45 minutes)
  • Original newly-created compositions and/or production work publicly performed, installed, or otherwise publicly shared by the composer (35 minutes)
AND one of the following, accounting for 30% of the mark:
  • 4000 word written critique examining the creative project submitted
  • 30 minute oral examination examining the creative project submitted
60

Group taught sessions (Creative Practice in Context 1 and 2) are held on Thursdays from 10:30 to 16:30. One-to-one sessions and tutorials are timetabled separately.


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