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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PGDip Performance

Programme code:PGD-MU/PEUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Michael Allis Contact address:music@leeds.ac.uk

A part time variant of this programme is available.

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

Candidates should possess a good first degree in Music or in which Music was a major part, including performance elements appropriate to this programme. Alternative qualifications or relevant professional experience may also be considered individually. Candidates will normally be expected to demonstrate suitable practical ability in their chosen instrument/vocal field at interview/audition.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

The School of Music

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The School of Music

Programme specification:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Performance degree aims to introduce students to a wide range of musical studies at an advanced level, and to develop presentational skills and interpretation in musical performance.

On successful completion of this programme students should have:
- Explored appropriate repertoire for their field of practical study; and developed interpretive and/or pedagogical awareness
- Demonstrated their ability to perform at an advanced level
- Demonstrated their ability as effective independent learners
- Gained an awareness of performance research relevant to their interests

The School of Music's staff have international distinction in a wide range of research areas. This School is renowned for its commitment to progressive learning methods, reflected by its participation and central role in many initiatives in higher education in music. The School is greatly advantaged by the exceptional music and cultural life in the City of Leeds, which includes an International Concert Season, Opera North (with whom the University has a formal partnership), West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Leeds International Film Festival and a vibrant club scene. The University also has a rich music life and the School runs its own concert series throughout the academic year. This features performances by our own orchestras, choirs and ensembles alongside visiting professional ensembles. Teaching is supported by excellent facilities including a concert hall, a music library with listening and video facilities and well-equipped electronic studios.


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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

MUSS5360MInstrumental or Vocal Recital60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 120M credits for the award.

Candidates will be required to study 30-60 credits from the list below. Candidates should note that if they choose MUSS5330M Instrumental or Vocal Recital they must perform on a different instrument/voice to that offered in MUSS5360M Instrumental or Vocal Recital.

MUSS5330MInstrumental or Vocal Recital30 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
MUSS5331MResearching Performance30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5335MConcerto/Song-Cycle/Extended Work30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5337MApplied Performance Studies30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates may study 30 credits from the following optional modules to bring their profile up to 120 credits.

MUSS5130MIssues in Musicology30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5132MShort Dissertation30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MUSS5133MShort Dissertation30 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
MUSS5134MIndividual Project30 creditsSemester 1, Semesters 1 & 2, Semester 2
MUSS5135MApplied Research Methodologies30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5231MComposition Studies30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5535MAesthetic Theory30 creditsSemester 2
MUSS5632MElectronic & Computer Music Practice30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5633MElectronic & Computer Music Contexts30 creditsSemester 1
MUSS5833MThe Recording Industry Now30 credits1 Sept to 28 Feb
MUSS5931MCase Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Elective modules:

Last updated: 13/09/2019

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