Master of Performance

The Master of Performance is a unique Master’s degree that combines superb individual tuition with training aimed at students’ further careers.

Drawing on the College’s world-class teachers and outstanding state-of-the-art facilities, the degree will build on students’ performing skills while offering practical teaching and studio experience, the latter culminating in a professionally-produced recording.

How You Will Learn

You will experience training in performance to a professional level, recording techniques, highly-developed skills in instrumental teaching, and gain the knowledge necessary for self-promotion in the music profession.

You will benefit from the tuition and guidance of 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 Performance students will:

  • Receive weekly instrumental tuition from the RNCM’s team of internationally-acclaimed tutors
  • Work with professional producers to create a demonstration-standard recording showcasing your work
  • Learn how to teach musicians across a range of age and ability through practical work directed by teaching professionals
  • Build on their knowledge of the stylistic and interpretative challenges in a range of repertories and traditions within classical music

“I think I gained an integrated approach to music which has been invaluable for my future career. Everything I learned from here guided me on how to be a professional musician. The project and teaching experience that I undertook in the practical pedagogy course was extremely useful and helped enable me to get a good teaching job offer at an international school in Bangkok, Thailand.”
Sirinun Lawanrattanakul from Thailand, MPerf student 2012-13

Programme Overview

The programme has five main components:

Principal Study tuition which consists of intensive one-to-one tuition, masterclasses, group classes, lectures and workshops. This solo performance component equips you with the breadth and depth of musical experience required for a career as a professional instrumentalist, singer or collaborative pianist.

Recording Project which provides intensive practical knowledge of the recording industry and the recording session environment. You will collaborate with professional producers to make a demonstration recording showcasing your work. Teaching is delivered through lectures, masterclasses, team teaching and one-to-one tutorials.

Repertoire Studies where you will discuss and analyse the literature and practice of past and current performers using recordings, DVDs and other media. Tuition consists of repertoire lectures, individual tutorials, workshops and observations.

Practical Pedagogy, devised in collaboration with One Education in Manchester, provides vocational training in developing the skills, methodologies and strategies essential for a career in instrumental/vocal music teaching.

One option from:

  • Accompaniment
  • Musicianship for Vocalists: Consort Singing
  • Small Ensemble Performance (Chamber Music; Historical Performance; Jazz)

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 180 credits and is structured as follows:

1-Year MPerf

  • Major Solo Performance (60 credits)
  • Core Modules
    • Practical Pedagogy (30 credits)
    • Recording Project (30 credits)
    • Repertoire Studies (30 credits)
  • One option (30 credits) from:
    • Accompaniment
    • Conducting Elective
    • Musicianship for Vocalists: Consort Singing
    • Small Ensemble Performance
    • The Freelance Musician

2-year MPerf

Year 1:

  • Major Solo Performance
  • Repertoire Studies (30 credits)
  • One option (30 credits) from:
    • Accompaniment
    • Conducting Elective
    • Musicianship for Vocalists: Consort Singing
    • Small Ensemble Performance
    • The Freelance Musician

Year 2:

  • Major Solo Performance (60 credits)
  • Practical Pedagogy (30 credits)
  • Recording Project (30 credits)

Further Study and Research Opportunities at the RNCM

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

Information about research at the RNCM is available at /research 

Application Fact File: Master of Performance

Duration: 2 years, full-time or 1 year intensive, full-time
FHEQ Level: 7
UCAS Conservatoires code:
2 year: W310
1 year intensive: M486

Routes available: Solo Performance in Keyboard; Strings; Voice; Wind, Brass and Percussion

Click here for fees information.

Student Stories

Discover more about the RNCM student experience here by clicking on our student stories page, including MPerf student Xiaoxiang from China.

RNCM Graduate School Programme Re-Validation

The RNCM Graduate School is currently re-validating its postgraduate programmes. Current information has been given as a guide, but please note that this is subject to change. Confirmed programme details will be published in spring 2019.

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