MMus: an introduction

Moving beyond the Undergraduate scheme of work, LPMAM offers a varied and high-profile range of development opportunities for Postgraduate students. LPMAM particularly focus on elective professional development courses enabling our students to achieve an extremely high level in their career. Students at the Postgraduate level are expected to lead their own learning and be self-motivated as they develop throughout the course. Certain Principal Study Requirements have been set by each department to ensure students on the Masters Courses are the best of the best. The MMus Courses also enable students to develop highly accomplished Professional Portfolios that demonstrate the incredible range of opportunities the LPMAM has offered throughout your course.

As the courses develop, a student’s professional development is carried forward and built upon. This continues throughout all project-based work for both the MMus and research degree students. Students will be encouraged to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them, in an atmosphere of support from our expert staff, exposure to visiting specialists, and learning alongside and in collaboration with your peers.

It is an exciting element of all LPMAM courses that we are able to run a series of competitions to identify and nurture the very best students by awarding recording contracts with leading record label Master Chord Records and concert tours with MC Artist Agency.

We offer these postgraduate qualifications

Master of Arts in Performance or, exceptionally, Composition (MA) 
This is the standard course for performers. The aim is to prepare a student for a professional music career in all necessary aspects and disciplines. This is a highly practical course where the only written element of assessment is a student’s Professional Portfolio. Students who are not eligible due to not fully meeting enrolment criteria for the MA may be enrolled on to the PGCert.
Master of Music in Performance or Composition (MMus)
The MMus, for both composers and for performers, follows the same core programme as the MA . However it also includes a project component (either a Concert Project or a Research Project). This is in line with the standard postgraduate programme for composers. The MMus is also suitable for performers who wish to expand and develop high-level performance opportunities alongside practical academic study and research. This course is therefore ideal for students who may wish to progress to PhD level.
Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre (PGDip) Advanced Diploma in Opera (AdvDip) MPhil and PhD research degrees in Performance Practice or Composition
All students at the LPMAM benefit enormously from our tutorial system whereby students receive personalised educational and career advice to enable individual students to make informed choices regarding their future. Students enrolled on the MA may transfer to MMus after one year for an additional year of study, provided the necessary criteria have been met.

Programme duration

In usual circumstances, the MA is normally a two-year programme. In special cases the LPMAM may allow a student to complete the programme in one year. Conducting is a unique study route and normally requires three years. The LPMAM carries out assessments at prospective student auditions to determine a candidate suitability for one or two year programmes. As part of this assessment we consider the standard demonstrated at entry, educational needs and a student’s funding provision. This can later be reviewed during the first term following enrolment.

MMus options are designed to also be flexible. However we expect two years of study for all but a very small minority that may be considered to complete the programme in one year (this does however incur a significantly higher fee).

Programme Specifications

  • PGDip Musical Theatre
  • MA Performance or Composition (Total 180 Credits)
  • MMus Performance or Composition (Total 220 Credits)
  • PGCert in Performance
  • AdvDip in Opera
Principal Study: 80 credits
Academic and Supporting Studies*: 60 credits
Professional Portfolio (MA Only)/ Project (MMus only): 40 credits
Principal Study (PGCert, MA and MMus)
Credit Value 140 credits (80 Individual, 60 Faculty Activity)
Summary Assessment Final performance – 100% PGCert, 75% MA, 50% MMus
Summative Assessment Performers Concerto or equivalent (1/3 of mark)   Final Recital or equivalent (2/3 of mark)   Faculty Activity: Formative Assessment as required and Reported on by Heads of Department Composers Composition Portfolio       Faculty Activity: Formative Assessment as required and Reported on by Heads of Department
Teaching Delivery 1:1 lessons Faculty classes and ensembles (see Departmental Handbooks)
  PGCert students follow the MA programme without the Professional Portfolio and thus receive 140 credits.   Professional Portfolio (MA and MMus)
Credit Value 40 credits
Summative Assessment 25% MA, 20% MMus
Format of Assessment Assessment of portfolio presentation (including commentary) Assessment of creative work (e.g. a concert) (Holistic Assessment)
Teaching Delivery Core: Faculty Activity - development of faculty activities Professional Development Pathway 1:1 Tutorial supervision   Options: Development of faculty-based activity or Development of one or more Professional Development areas
    Project (MMus only)
Credit Value 40 credits
Summative Assessment 30%
Format of Assessment Either: Concert Project or Research Project
Teaching Delivery Research Skills Seminars Project Preparation Seminars Individual Supervision Performance Workshop Composition Seminars

MMus and MA Supporting Studies:

  • Performance classes (1st and 2nd Year MMus)
  • Concert Presentation (1st Year MMus)
  • Music Business (1st Year MMus)
  • Vocal Balance Technique (1 year compulsory Vocal Students, any time during BMus and MMus)
  • Sound Engineering applied to performers (2nd Year MMus)
  • Music Law (2nd year MMus)
  • History of Concert Performance (2nd Year MMus)
  • Stage Speech, and/or Yoga for Musician, Alexander Technique or Pilates
  • Introduction to Conducting (facultative)
  • Foreign Language at choice (facultative)
  • Chamber Music and Orchestral Ensemble (facultative)
  • Music Journalism (facultative)
  • LPMAM Teaching Diploma (facultative)
  • Class Electives (facultative)
  • Music Sociology (facultative)