University of Aberdeen: Vocal Music MMus

InstitutionUniversity of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
Telephone 01224 272090
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The MMus in Vocal Music capitalises on research strengths within the department of music and is intended for composers, performers (including conductors) and musicologists with a particular interest in vocal and choral music. At the heart of this course is one-on-one teaching which takes the form of an extended project. Candidates work exclusively with a member of staff on an individual basis during regular tutorials which run throughout the year. During these sessions, the candidates research and create their extended project which might be a dissertation, a portfolio of compositions, a research-led performance recital or a combination of two of these. Composers of vocal and choral music will work with either Professor Paul Mealor or Dr Phillip Cooke – composers specialising in vocal and choral music.

Musicologists work with Dr Edward Campbell, whose research interests include: aesthetics, contemporary opera and twentieth century French music) or Dr Frauke Jürgensen who specialises in Mediaeval and Renaissance compositional practice, symbolic music analysis and computational musicology. Both Professor Pete Stollery and Dr Suk-Jun Kim have combined their expertise in electroacoustic music with the voice and work with composers specialising in sonic arts. Mr Chris Gray offers courses on music and the community with an emphasis on how musicians can engage with the various communities within society.

Also, as well as the extended project, students take a course in research skills and one featuring a series of wide-ranging research seminars, as well as two course options reflecting the research interests of staff. These can include Vocalstration, Words and Music, Contemporary European Opera and more. There are also many opportunities for students to engage with practical vocal music.

Master of Music - MMus

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