MA Popular Music Performance (Full Time)

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This course focuses on developing advanced instrumental or vocal skills and techniques, and the areas of study are principally led by you and your interests, in conjunction with an experienced tutor.

During the third semester, you will focus on a major individual project, giving you the opportunity to develop extensive research in an area of personal interest. You will be allocated a supportive supervisor who will be closely matched with your interests.

You will study in an environment where ideas can be researched and developed through practical research and reflective enquiry, and you are encouraged to engage with a diverse range of creative ideas and possibilities.

Solent provides a s…

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This course focuses on developing advanced instrumental or vocal skills and techniques, and the areas of study are principally led by you and your interests, in conjunction with an experienced tutor.

During the third semester, you will focus on a major individual project, giving you the opportunity to develop extensive research in an area of personal interest. You will be allocated a supportive supervisor who will be closely matched with your interests.

You will study in an environment where ideas can be researched and developed through practical research and reflective enquiry, and you are encouraged to engage with a diverse range of creative ideas and possibilities.

Solent provides a supportive, stimulating and interdisciplinary postgraduate culture that will help develop your skills and direct your project or dissertation research and portfolio towards specific career opportunities.

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Industrial focus

This MA will help you to hit the ground running in the job market.Our national and local music and festival links, high-profile guest speakers and experienced course tutors will ensure that you graduate with the knowledge, skills and contacts to excel in a wide range of popular music-related careers.

Course content

The units for the MA Popular Music Performance draw on the performing and research strengths across the whole popular music team, including the instrumental and vocal tutors.

Core units

Instrumental Studies: Performers will be able to continue their exploration of a first-study instrument: guitar, bass, drums,
vocals or keyboards. You will work towards an assessed recital and a reflective assessment of the recital and its preparation.

P erformers will be able to continue their exploration of a first-study instrument: guitar, bass, drums, vocals or keyboards. You will work towards an assessed recital and a reflective assessment of the recital and its preparation.

Style Studies: This unit brings together musical analysis, genre analysis and ‘informed’ performance. It includes the detailed study of an agreed genre or style, leading to an assessed performance and a written analytical submission.

Professional Development and Research Skills: You will enhance your research skills and provide the specific terms of reference for the successful completion of your major project. Emphasis is placed on research methods and techniques that can be used in the development of strategies for employment in the media industries.

Master's Project: You will design, execute and present an individual piece of work that deploys a systematic and in-depth understanding of the skills and debates relevant to your particular discipline. You will be expected to present a project that critically synthesises approaches and methodologies in the discipline and demonstrates initiative and autonomy in its execution.

Optional units (one to be taken)

This is an opportunity to evaluate the act of performance itself through engagement with themes emerging in the wider field of popular music performance studies. These could include:

  • methodological issues in researching and evaluating performance
  • the examination of diverse social and cultural dynamics in differing performance modes
  • the role of the audience and performance interaction
  • researching performance spaces
  • examining issues concerning gesture and non-verbal modes of communication
  • technology and performance
  • genre norms and conventions.

Or you could take one of the following options from across theMA Media courses:

  • Contemporary British Film and Television
  • Contemporary Film and Culture
  • Critical Issues in Popular Music
  • Digital and Multi-Platform Storytelling
  • Digital Studio
  • Documentary History, Form and Practice
  • Experimental Film History, Form and Practice
  • Global Popular Music
  • Popular Music and Performance
  • Producing Television
  • Script to Screen.

Assessment

Assessment takes place through: performances/recitals; analytical essays; practical production projects; individual projects; learning journals and seminar presentations; portfolios; and reflective writing projects.

Key career skills

Problem solving, research and analysis techniques, teamwork, written and oral communication, and managing projects from initial conception through to final presentation.

Projects/work experience

Wherever possible, you will be assessed in practical real-world situations and gain experience of live performance and working in the music industry.

Why Solent is special

  • Industry links: The course has links with prestigious national and local live music venues and some of the UK’s biggest festivals, offering a range of work experience roles at: • Association of Independent Festivals
    • Bestival/Camp Bestival
    • LarMac Live
    • Blissfields
    • Wilderness.
  • Guest lecturers: High-profile music industry practitioners and professionals regularly visit to lecture, conduct workshops and offer industry-informed feedback on your work and opportunities for employment. Our high-profile visiting fellows include producer Trevor Horn CBE, Colin Lester, CEO of Universal Music Group, electronic music pioneer John Foxx, Carl Palmer of ELP and Feargal Sharkey, UK Music.
  • Staff expertise: You will work closely with specialist tutors who match your research interests. Tutors have high profiles in the academic study of popular music and the music and media industries, and you will benefit from both their academic expertise and practical experience. The team uses its professional networks to attract other eminent practitioners, commissioners, agents and academics to support the course.
  • Special facilities: All practice rooms and performance spaces are fully equipped with industry-standard back-line, keyboards, drum kits and PA facilities. A range of guitars, basses, percussion instruments and acoustic pianos are easily accessible in the practice areas.
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