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University of West London: Performance (Classical, Jazz & Popular)

Institution University of West London
Department London College of Music
Telephone 02082312468
Study type Taught


Are you a practising instrumentalist or vocalist? This popular music performance degree is designed to meet your practical, academic and professional needs. We welcome students from all genres of music and alongside your university studies you will be invited to join London College of Music (LCM) master classes and industry events.

This Masters will enable you to explore areas of interest in greater depth, develop new skills and, in all probability, open up some new avenues of investigation, both musical and academic.

You will learn from our highly experienced teaching staff, whose expertise includes ensemble direction for film, theatre and live performance, and recording and performance in a variety of music genres.

We have designed this music degree to reflect your needs as a professional artist. While some modules focus on practice and others on theory and research, you will notice more overlap as your studies progress.

Your practical modules will include extensive ensemble work and individual instrumental tuition. Academic modules will include research methods and critical perspectives, which will prepare you to devise and execute a final practice-based research project. You will also take an option module, where you may choose between studio recording, music pedagogy and songwriting.

The third trimester is dedicated to your final project, which will conclude your course.

Our tutors are active research academics and/or professional musicians of the highest standard. They will use a variety of teaching methods, including one-to-one tuition, ensemble work, lectures, workshops and practical sessions.

As a member of the extensive LCM community, you will be able to participate in an array of musical activities, broadening your learning experience and professional network. Our ensembles include the LCM Sinfonia, LCM Big Band, LCM Choir, Jazz Vocal Ensemble. There are also numerous student-led projects and performance opportunities.

On graduating from LCM, you will join an impressive list of alumni, including:

  • Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party

  • Matthew Hodson, the founder of the London Synthesis Orchestra

  • Ben Salter, who worked with Nile Rodgers in the United States

  • Alexander Grant, aka Alex Da Kid, a Grammy Award nominee who wrote and produced Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna).

Master of Music - MMus

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