Master of Music

The Master of Music (MMus) offers a flexible programme of study designed to meet the needs of the aspiring music professional.

A range of world-class performance and learning opportunities are available to you, enabling you to refine your musicianship and to maximise your employability in a competitive marketplace.

Routes Available

Solo Performance and Conducting focuses on training in advanced level techniques, styles and practices of musical performance or conducting, and the development of critical and reflective approaches to relevant repertoire.

Composition builds on skills such as compositional craft, technique, and creative conception, and explores areas including interpretative and reflective skills, approaches to different repertoire, and enhanced presentation and communication.

How You Will Learn

You will benefit from the tuition and guidance of the RNCM’s teaching staff, who are world-class performers, composers and researchers, as well as a team of visiting tutors. You will receive a tailored blend of regular learning and performance opportunities, including one-to-one Principal Study tuition, masterclasses, solo and small ensemble performance opportunities, specialist classes and workshops, lectures and seminars, practical exercises, independent learning and an external professional placement.

All Master of Music students have:

  • Regular Principal Study tuition and a wealth of performance opportunities both within the College and externally
  • Vocational and academic elective modules that complement specialist tuition and performance activities
  • Flexible modes of performance/composition assessment allowing for your major College-led performances (e.g. major operatic roles or concerto performances) to be counted towards your final degree
  • Support of an appointed mentor who will advise you through your selection of options and in preparation for your final performance/portfolio
  • A range of performance and audition opportunities through The Platform, the RNCM’s international centre for ensemble and vocal training.

Programme Overview and Structure

The programme consists of 180 credits and is focused on performance or composition, which forms the major component in each year of study – please see the RNCM Schools pages to find out more about performance opportunities within each School.

The structure of the two-year route is as follows:

Year 1:

  • Performance/composition activity complemented by access to a mentor and tutors who will support you in your choice of modules and discuss with you your career aspirations
  • Two elective modules (60 credits) drawn from a wide range of activities, enabling you to develop a portfolio of practical, vocational and research-based areas of activity relevant to your own professional development

Year 2:

  • Performance/composition activity (60 credits), which can be assessed either through traditional recital or composition portfolios or through a flexible diet of possible performance/composition assessment formats (e.g. major operatic roles or concerto performances, subject to approval) to count towards your final degree
  • Repertoire Research (30 credits) through which you will undertake and present research into your chosen performance repertory or compositional activity delivered through seminars and one-to-one tutorials
  • A further elective modules (30 credits) of supporting practical study drawn from a wide range of activities

The MMus is also available as a 1-year programme with the same credit structure as above.

MMus Optional Modules

  • Accompaniment
  • Arrangement
  • Aural Analysis and Critique
  • Composition Elective
  • Conducting Elective
  • Contemporary Songwriting
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Dynamic Rehearsal
  • Dalcroze in Context
  • Electronic Experimental Ensemble
  • The Freelance Musician
  • Lecture Recital
  • Major Project (60 credits) or Minor Project (30 credits)
    • Musicology Project
    • Music Psychology Project
    • Music Education Project
  • Musicianship for Instrumentalists
  • Musicianship for Vocalists: Consort Singing
  • Performing Research: Methods in Music Psychology or Music Education
  • Performing Arts Leadership: Creative Learning in the Classroom
  • Practical Pedagogy
  • Professional Placement
  • Small Ensemble Performance (Chamber Music; Historical Performance; Jazz; Popular Music)

Further Study and Research Opportunities at the RNCM

A number of the electives within the MMus programme also provide excellent preparation should you decide to progress to higher-level studies in performance and/or research, such as the RNCM’s MPhil/PhD programme or the RNCM Postgraduate Diploma (International Artist).

The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma: Advanced Studies in Performance/Composition is for those with Master’s-level qualification who wish to pursue a further year of study and training within a world-class conservatoire.

MMus Application Fact File

Programme available in:
Solo Performance (including Conducting, Repetiteur, Piano Accompaniment, Popular Music)

2 years, full-time
1 year intensive, full-time (not available in Conducting)

UCAS Conservatoires Course Codes
MMus Composition:
2 years – 820F
1 year intensive – 823F

MMus Performance:
2 years – 801F
1 year intensive – 805F (not available in Conducting)

For information on entrance requirements, how to apply and tuition fees, please click here.

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