Music is the art of combining sounds, represented as musical notes, in a succession or simultaneously in an aesthetically pleasant and rhythmical form and the integration of these aspects in a complete piece. The art of Music uses musical instruments, human voice being one of them, to deliver the result of the art manifestation. Music is divided in genres that are characterised by similar melody, harmonic, rhythmic, form, orchestration, literary text where applicable and other compositional aspects. A similar, but less general concept is that of style, that can be attributed to a certain era, school or author.
The study of music is a very complex endeavour that can be focused on mastering a certain musical instrument, or mastering composition, conducting and orchestra or being an expert in music history. Being a very old art form with countless instances of manifestation, music offers a great array of study to potential students. The study of music as a whole is called musicology and has many sub-disciplines like ethnomusicology, historical musicology, music theory, music analysis, musical composition, musical critic and others.
The music industry is the business field that is concerned with the production and distribution of music as a consumable good. Throughout the past century the development of technology has made music widely available to everybody everywhere and has stimulated the rapid growth of the music industry as a consequence.
The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a one, two or three-term programme, with guaranteed progression to a wide range of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences Master’s degrees at the University of Sunderland. You will live and study your Foundation programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the University of Sunderland City campus.
The music education option allows musicians interested in teaching to develop their teaching skills while becoming state-certified in music (K-12). Students who are already certified and seeking a master’s degree will work with their academic advisor to create an individualized program of study that meets their needs as an in-service teacher.
The course allows students to specialise in Solo Performance with further training in up to three complimentary areas.
Within the Master of Music you are largely responsible for the course of your own studies.
The MA Sound and Image programme is designed by, and will be delivered as, an interdisciplinary collaboration between Fine Art and Music. This MA focuses on the creation and analysis of audio-visual works, taking into account major artistic developments over the past few decades.
The Graduate Certificate in Music Technology is a coursework program designed to provide students with relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of the latest advances in Music Technology while allowing scope for specialisation and the development of professional skills as used throughout the industry.
The Master of Music Technology is a coursework program designed to provide students with relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of the latest advances in Music Technology while allowing scope for specialisation and the development of professional skills as used throughout the industry.
The MA Music Composition and MA Music Technology share common modules in research methods and postgraduate study skills, while giving you the opportunity to foster your subject skills in specialist modules. Work is developed through individual enquiry as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, designed to provide a forum for debate as well as practical instruction.
Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff.
Are you curious and open-minded? Do you have an investigative attitude towards studying? Do you want to learn to play even better? Are you searching for your professional role in society? Do you want to make a contribution to the further development of your field? Are you a graduate of a Conservatoire or do you play at an equivalent level? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, the Master of Music Program at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is for you!
Focus on the teaching of concepts, theories and principles in support of creative processes.