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Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Guildhall Artist Masters in Performance

Institution Guildhall School of Music & Drama View institution profile
Department Music
Study type Taught


The one or two-year Guildhall Artist Masters programme is offered in two parts: Part One (MMus) is available in full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) modes except for Opera which is available in 2 full-time years only. Part Two (MPerf) is available in one full-time year only.

Studying for a Guildhall Artist Masters in music performance prepares you for entry to the profession at the highest level. It gives you technical facility and musical flexibility, allowing you to explore and refine your individual artistic voice. This programme is all about developing as an intelligent musician and practitioner; about challenging yourself and taking risks within your field of expertise. The School will provide you with a learning environment that enables you to recognise and nurture your strengths.

The emphasis is on students’ individual growth as practical musicians and artists, through pathway-specific principal study modules. This includes one-to-one tuition and classes in specialist areas with acknowledged experts in the field supported by a rich array of experiential opportunities. These experiences are offered not only in-house but often also in partnership with outside venues and organizations, both in the UK and abroad. Continued experience in professional contexts is seen as an integral part of the students’ development, and students are increasingly expected to seek independent opportunities of presenting publicly their principal study work.

In Part One (MMus) most of your time is spent on your one-to-one Principal Study. But you will also take modules on topics relevant to your professional life such as research, self-reflection, and professional artistic development. In Part Two (MPerf), even more of your time is focused on Principal Study, with the remainder of the programme allowing time for a critique of your personal development.

You can also choose from a variety of Academic Studies and Creative Learning electives to broaden and deepen your musical expertise, develop specific skills and knowledge and understanding in relation to areas of your defined specialism.

Master of Music - MMus

Master of Performance - MPerf

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of musiciansactors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as the top UK conservatoire in the Guardian music and drama league tables, we deliver world-class professional training in partnership with distinguished artists, companies and ensembles. 

A global leader in creative and professional practice, we promote innovation, experiment and research, and are also one of the UK’s leading providers of lifelong learning in the performing arts, offering inspiring training for children, young people, adult learners, and creative and business professionals. …

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