MMus Performance

Course summary

Overview
MMus PerformanceThe London College of Music's postgraduate course in Performance offers a generous allowance of one-to-one instrumental tuition with internationally renowned recitalists. The course provides a range of fascinating modules that support and extend practical musicianship.

You can also benefit from London College of Music's (LCM) weekly Postgraduate Research Seminars and Composition Workshops, which offer great opportunities to learn new skills and network with students from other postgraduate courses. 

LCM also has several large ensembles, including the LCM Sinfonia, LCM Big Band, LCM Choir, and LCM Glee Choir, which students can participate in.

In some cases, the final recital may also be considered for the award of Fellow of the London College of Music (FLCM), which is available to registered LCM students with a fee discount.

Why choose this course?
The MMus course focuses on developing your musical performance at an advanced level, so you’ll become a more confident performer. 

MMus Performance students benefit from:
  • one-to-one tuition with our instrumental teaching staff (all are internationally acclaimed recitalists)
  • playing and learning with other students in workshops 
  • masterclasses 
  • LCM’s lively musical environment.
MMus Performance
The course explores a wide range of 20th and 21st Century music and performance styles – and you’ll be encouraged to develop your own. 

It places particular emphasis on developing critical thinking and listening skills and aims to give you the opportunity to experiment with a broad range of performance styles.

In some cases, the final recital may also be considered for the award of Fellow of the London College of Music (FLCM), which is available to registered LCM students with a fee discount.

Tutor information
The Performance teaching staff includes:  

Course leader Dr. Emilie Capulet is Head of Classical Performance and Course Leader for the MMus Performance at the London College of Music, University of West London. She is an award-winning international concert pianist, lecturer, writer and musicologist. Emilie has recorded works by Beethoven and Chopin and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio Canada, France Bleu Provence, and Nicaraguan television and radio.

Dissertation/Project Supervisor Dr. Robert Sholl is a Professor at the University of West London and teaches at The Royal Academy of Music. Robert holds a PhD from King’s College, London, and he has taught at King’s College, London, the Royal College of Music. Robert has been a peer-reviewer for the AHRC, the Canadian Social Sciences Research Council, for academic journals and university presses, and a jury member for a promotions committee at the University of Aix-en Provence.

Interim Head of the London College of Music, David Henson is also the Head of Studies in Performance, Composition and Performing Arts at the University of West London. Throughout his career, in addition to his performing and directing career, he has been at the cutting edge of the development of the performing arts in education and has been responsible for the assessment of performance holding the post of Chief Examiner in Music, Theatre Studies and Drama with leading vocational and academic examination boards.

Alumni 

Graduating from the London College of Music means joining an ever-growing and impressive list of alumni including: 
  • Matt Tong – formerly of Bloc Party
  • Matthew Hodson – the founder of the London Synthesis Orchestra
  • Ben Salter who worked with Nile Rodgers in the United States 
  • Alexander Grant, aka Alex Da Kid, a Grammy Award nominee who wrote and produced Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna).
MMus Performance
Career and study progression
Graduates will leave the course having gained musical insight and transferable skills including being able to evaluate situations, engage in professional dialogue and work effectively with others. 

Graduates will most likely pursue a career as a professional performing musician.
Successful graduates may be eligible to study an LCM Doctor of Music (DMus).


Course detail

The MMus course focuses on developing student musical performance at an advanced level. You will benefit from: one-to-one tuition with our instrumental teaching staff (all are internationally acclaimed recitalists); playing and learning with other students in workshops and masterclasses; and taking part in LCM’s lively musical environment.

The course explores a wide range of 20th and 21st Century music and performance styles and you will be encouraged to develop your own. It places particular emphasis on developing critical thinking and listening skills and aims to give you an understanding of, and the opportunity to experiment with a broad range of performance styles.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Instrumental Studies
  • Postgraduate Performance Workshop
  • Postgraduate Ensemble Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Performance Project or Dissertation
  • Developing Your Career
  • Performing in the Studio

Entry requirements

Pre-requisites
Candidates who are selected for interview and audition will hold an appropriate undergraduate qualification - eg a BA (Hons) in Music (with Performance) or a BMus (Hons) in Performance - with 2:1 or above.

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
£7,200

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,500
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

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

The completed form should be accompanied by the following material:
- two references, one academic
- an unedited recording of two contrasting pieces, approximately ten minutes in total. (CD or DVD recordings are preferred.)
- a copy of your degree certificate and transcript
- an example of academic writing, eg an undergraduate essay.

Please email this material to:

fopsadmin@uwl.ac.uk (for International applicants) or
postgraduate.admissions@uwl.ac.uk (for Home/EU applicants)

Alternatively, please post this material to:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of West London,
St Mary’s Road,
Ealing,
LONDON,
W5 5RF.

For further information on the application procedure contact postgraduate.admissions@uwl.ac.uk 

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

What our students say

Jobs and placements

Recent appointments for alumni:

Performance

MMus student Kate Liley has started a PhD on music and health dealing with aspects of pedagogy at the RCM.

Career and study progression

Graduates will leave the course more confident performers and better informed all-round musicians, having gained musical insight and transferable skills including being able to evaluate situations, engage in professional dialogue and work effectively with others. Graduates will most likely pursue a career as a professional performing musician.

Study progression

Successful graduates may be eligible to study an LCM Doctor of Music (DMus).