MMus Composition (Concert Music)

Course summary

Overview
Concert Music develops an advanced knowledge of received compositional techniques from the 16th to 20th/21st century. Embracing both stylistic assignments and original creative work, it also includes conducting a vocal ensemble in an assessed rehearsal context.

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We are proud of LCM's provision of a one-to-one contact time with professional composers from your chosen area of specialisation. One–to-one tutorials are supported by regular lectures.

Our highly successful programme of Composer's Workshops serves to underpin the postgraduate MMus course and to offer a further framework for social and professional networking.

Why choose this course?
The series consists of presentations given by a wide range of internationally recognised composers and music specialists from across the music industry, including copyright specialists, agents, publishers, IT experts and composers who run performing ensembles or media companies, as well as instrumentalists, film composers, critics, theatrical agents.

Recent guests have included: 
  • Jonathan Dove
  • Deirdre Gribbin
  • Judith Bingham
  • Geoffrey Burgon
  • Stephen Montague
  • Augusta Read Thomas
  • Param Vir
  • Philip Grange 
  • Suzanne Giraud
  • Justin Connolly
Other guests have included the film and television composers Nigel Hess, Simon Lambros and Julian Nott, the composer and director of Sound 2 commercial music and media company, Elisa Harris, the West End musical director Michael Haslam and the rock guitarist Chris Francis.

The celebrated film orchestrator and conductor Nick Ingham maintains a visiting association with LCM and we have internationally acclaimed film and TV composers John Cameron and David Arnold as honorary doctors of music who will be joining the team to work with composers in the film/TV electives.

Tutor information
This course is run by the London College of Music to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.
The department's extensive research in this subject area means our teaching is informed directly by the world's most up-to-date ideas on the academic study and practical application of composition in all of the designated areas.

The London College of Music teaching staff includes:
Professor of Composition Professor Francis Pott

Career and study progression
This course will equip you with an enviable set of skills that will enable you to succeed in the fast-paced and ever-changing music industry.
Some examples of the professional roles that we would expect graduates to progress to after completing the course include:
  • Sound editor
  • Copyist
  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Director
After completing the course, you can also continue your studies with either a PhD or DMus at the University of West London.

Course detail

Concert Music develops an advanced knowledge of received compositional techniques from the 16th to 20th/21st century. Embracing both stylistic assignments and original creative work, it also includes conducting a vocal ensemble in an assessed rehearsal context.

Modules

  • Practical Composition 1
  • Practical Composition 2
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Stylistic Composition pre 1900
  • Stylistic Composition post 1900
  • Developing Your Career.
Please be advised that there are no option modules. All six modules listed above must be taken and passed.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following:

  • 1st or 2nd class Honours degree in Music, Music Technology or a related subject, or substantial industry or prior experience in the field.
  • This course requires advanced musical knowledge.
  • Candidates will be required to provide a portfolio of degree level / professional work and a written statement.
  • International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

    In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

    We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
Fees for our 2018 courses have not yet been released.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.

 

During the course

Notable aspects

The department's extensive research in this subject area means our teaching is informed directly by the world's most up-to-date ideas on the academic study and practical application of composition in all of the designated areas. Also, our teaching staff are renowned for their professional expertise.

Teaching involves a combination of lectures, practical workshops, seminars and tutorial discussions. Our teaching rooms are equipped with ProTools HD systems, Audient mixing consoles and C24 control surfaces, and lectures involve frequent practical demonstrations and examples.

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Career and study progression

This course will equip you with an enviable set of skills that will enable you to succeed in the fast-changing music industry.

Some examples of the professional roles that we would expect graduates to progress to after completing the course include:
• Sound editor
• Copyist
• Arranger
• Composer
• Sound Designer
• Music Director

Study progression

After completing the course you can continue your studies with either a PhD or DMus at the University of West London.