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MA Music MA Music

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is a centre of creativity with a purpose-built arts venue, studios, and gallery. It is home to a vibrant artistic community where students and staff work alongside one another to explore new synergies between fine and performing arts.

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1 year

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2 years

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Brayford Pool

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MUSMUSMA

Dr Cassandre Balosso-Bardin - Programme Leader

Dr Cassandre Balosso-Bardin - Programme Leader

Cassandre specialises in Ethnomusicology, more specifically Mediterranean music and bagpipes. She is the founder and director of the International Bagpipe Organisation. Cassandre is a prolific performer working around the world and at festivals including the Proms.

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Welcome to MA Music

MA Music embraces the diversity of music scholarship, combining historical, ethnographic, analytical, critical, and practice-based approaches.

The programme is designed to pave the way for professional work in the music industries, developing skills that will help in a variety of music-based careers such as writing, performing, composing, and teaching, or in further research.

Through taught and practical modules, students can develop methods and skills to be applied to their field of interest which may encompass ethnomusicology, musicology, composition, and performance.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a series of research and practice-based talks where scholars and practitioners are invited to share their work. Past events have included Tower Talks, Critical Encounters, and the annual music conference.

Welcome to MA Music

MA Music embraces the diversity of music scholarship, combining historical, ethnographic, analytical, critical, and practice-based approaches.

The programme is designed to pave the way for professional work in the music industries, developing skills that will help in a variety of music-based careers such as writing, performing, composing, and teaching, or in further research.

Through taught and practical modules, students can develop methods and skills to be applied to their field of interest which may encompass ethnomusicology, musicology, composition, and performance.

Assessments are a blend of academic essays and practical submissions, all supported by regular tutorials with dedicated supervisors.

Students have the opportunity to participate in a series of research and practice-based talks where scholars and practitioners are invited to share their work. Past events have included Tower Talks, Critical Encounters, and the annual music conference.

How You Study

Students can work alongside colleagues specialising in different areas of music, including performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, opera, musical theatre, musical instruments, and popular music. Taught modules will be offered through seminars, which can include tutor-delivered content followed by discussion, workshop activity, and exercises.

Contact hours on this programme vary depending on the module being delivered and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

The final research project will be an extended period of independent study leading to a practice-as-research output (practice and short dissertation) or a dissertation.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How You Study

Students can work alongside colleagues specialising in different areas of music, including performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, opera, musical theatre, musical instruments, and popular music. Taught modules will be offered through seminars, which can include tutor-delivered content followed by discussion, workshop activity, and exercises.

Contact hours on this programme vary depending on the module being delivered and the stage of study. MA Music contact hours are all grouped on one day to enable students to continue or develop their professional or musical activities during the week. There is an average of 5 contact hours a week, including lectures, seminars, and tutorials. This may change from week to week depending on the scheduled activities.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

The final research project will be an extended period of independent study leading to a practice-as-research output (practice and short dissertation) or a dissertation.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

Advanced (ethno)musicology explores advanced theories and concepts within the research areas of musicology, ethnomusicology, musical analysis and musical instrument studies. The module aims to deliver theories and concepts that build on their knowledge of music and expand their capacity for researching and thinking critically and theoretically about music. Students can consider these concepts and apply them to music and/or musical and cultural movements, helping to understand how theory develops an advanced understanding of music and an advanced ability to research music.

Module Overview

This module provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with practitioners and researchers in fields outside of their own disciplines to create new work that is shaped by the collaborative partnerships formed and the processes undertaken. Students can be exposed to different collaborative practices, concepts and techniques that build on and enhance their knowledge. They can practically engage with these ideas and techniques and have the opportunity to apply them to their own work.

Module Overview

The Final Project gives students the opportunity to pursue a substantial piece of independent research which can incorporate forms of musical practice, such as composition and performance, or take the form of a written dissertation. Students can work with a supervisor to agree the form of their project, which can involve collaboration with other musicians, artists or outside organisations, and may be presented as live work, recorded artefacts or as a written/notated text. The work should exhibit a coherent implementation of appropriate research and/or practical methodologies, and show evidence of original research in both the practical output and written element. A high level of technical competence is expected in all areas of work produced.

Module Overview

In this module, students can develop an individual research project in line with their personal research interests. This may be in any music-related field including, but not limited to, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, and musical analysis, and will result in a project-based output in a format appropriate to their project. Students can be assigned a staff supervisor who they will work with to develop and carry out their project. Over the course of a semester, the student can plan, research, discuss and share the project both with their assigned supervisor as and the module group.

Module Overview

This module aims to provide practical, theoretical and contextual grounding of a variety of research and fieldwork methodologies within the fields of, but not limited to, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition and performance. Students can be introduced to research techniques including developing research issues, questions and problems; developing and carrying out appropriate fieldwork including focus groups, interviews and archival work; analysing and understanding data; and carrying out a literature review and presenting a bibliography. These will be directly applicable both in the module and throughout the different projects carried out during the MA.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

Advanced (ethno)musicology explores advanced theories and concepts within the research areas of musicology, ethnomusicology, musical analysis and musical instrument studies. The module aims to deliver theories and concepts that build on their knowledge of music and expand their capacity for researching and thinking critically and theoretically about music. Students can consider these concepts and apply them to music and/or musical and cultural movements, helping to understand how theory develops an advanced understanding of music and an advanced ability to research music.

Module Overview

This module provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with practitioners and researchers in fields outside of their own disciplines to create new work that is shaped by the collaborative partnerships formed and the processes undertaken. Students can be exposed to different collaborative practices, concepts and techniques that build on and enhance their knowledge. They can practically engage with these ideas and techniques and have the opportunity to apply them to their own work.

Module Overview

The Final Project gives students the opportunity to pursue a substantial piece of independent research which can incorporate forms of musical practice, such as composition and performance, or take the form of a written dissertation. Students can work with a supervisor to agree the form of their project, which can involve collaboration with other musicians, artists or outside organisations, and may be presented as live work, recorded artefacts or as a written/notated text. The work should exhibit a coherent implementation of appropriate research and/or practical methodologies, and show evidence of original research in both the practical output and written element. A high level of technical competence is expected in all areas of work produced.

Module Overview

In this module, students can develop an individual research project in line with their personal research interests. This may be in any music-related field including, but not limited to, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, performance, and musical analysis, and will result in a project-based output in a format appropriate to their project. Students can be assigned a staff supervisor who they will work with to develop and carry out their project. Over the course of a semester, the student can plan, research, discuss and share the project both with their assigned supervisor as and the module group.

Module Overview

This module aims to provide practical, theoretical and contextual grounding of a variety of research and fieldwork methodologies within the fields of, but not limited to, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition and performance. Students can be introduced to research techniques including developing research issues, questions and problems; developing and carrying out appropriate fieldwork including focus groups, interviews and archival work; analysing and understanding data; and carrying out a literature review and presenting a bibliography. These will be directly applicable both in the module and throughout the different projects carried out during the MA.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

Assessments take place through a combination of portfolios, dissertations, presentations, and practical projects that may include formats such as performances, compositions, and websites depending on the student’s chosen area of interest.

Their final projects will consist of either a practice-as-research package (practice and short dissertation) or a standard dissertation, developed with a supervisor that has expertise in that area.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Assessments take place through a combination of portfolios, dissertations, presentations, and practical projects that may include formats such as performances, compositions, and websites depending on the student’s chosen area of interest.

Their final projects will consist of either a practice-as-research package (practice and short dissertation) or a standard dissertation, developed with a supervisor that has expertise in that area.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

The course does not include one-to-one instrument or vocal lessons. If students want to work with a private teacher, the department’s practice rooms are available free of charge. Staff can help students who wish to pursue performance-related activities and who would like private music lessons source a teacher that will then be paid privately.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.


We are looking for students who have completed a first degree and want to learn more, as well as those who have been working in the arts and would like to enrich their work with further study. We are happy to welcome applicants with a very defined area of specialism and those wishing to explore a broader area of topics. We look for enthusiasm and a commitment to pursue your next stage of study, wherever you are starting from. At interview we may ask to see some of your work or to hear about your experience.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

We are looking for students who have completed a first degree and want to learn more, as well as mature students who have been working in the arts and would like to enrich their work with further study. We are happy to welcome applicants with a very defined area of specialism and those wishing to explore a broader area of topics. We look for enthusiasm and a commitment to pursue your next stage of study, wherever you are starting from. At interview we may ask to see some of your work or to hear about your experience.

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

Research areas, projects and topics may include:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Contemporary music
  • Popular music
  • Musical theatre
  • Musical instruments
  • Collaboration
  • The music industries

"This has been the most interesting year of my life, the lecturers go above and beyond to provide a dynamic and engaging Master's programme, with support to explore any and all topics musical. Lincoln is seeing a surge of musical events, from local poets to acclaimed musicians from around the world. There are frequently opportunities to showcase work and become engaged in the local scene."

Daniel Barnes

Features

Students will be invited to participate in an annual conference organised by the music department, alongside undergraduate students and members of staff.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts organises Critical Encounters, a series of research and practice-based talks where scholars and practitioners are invited to share their work. Students have the opportunity to attend these talks and expand their horizons.

Students will also participate in an annual MA Study Day to plan their Final Project with their supervisors and to discuss with staff members how the MA supports their career options.

The College of Arts organises regular postgraduate gatherings called Tower Talks where MA students are invited to share their ideas, projects, and research. Students will be invited to all Tower Talks enabling them to meet fellow MA students and present their own work during the year.

Features

All staff members are actively involved in the music industry through live performances, international touring, musical direction, choir leading, artistic curation, and events organisation. They interact with a range of different musical genres on a professional level including opera, choral music, community choirs, folk music, intercultural music, composition, Western art music, and musical theatre. All members of staff use their professional knowledge to enhance the student experience and link course material to their professional expertise and provide realistic insights into the music industries. 

Interviews and Applicant Days

All applicants will be invited to an interview. Students can prepare for their interview by reviewing the modules and thinking about how they would like to shape the personal and collaborative projects according to specific interests.

Students may be asked about their musical background, reasons for choosing this particular course, and how they imagine themselves developing over the year. The interview will last between 15 and 30 minutes and applicants will receive a follow-up email from the University with the result.

"The road to my MA in music started with an informal chat with members of the music team and they were able to explain how flexible the course is. I have been able to tailor my studies to my interests and have been able to utilise my working life within the MA. I have been assigned supervisors that were experienced in the areas I had chosen to study and this was a great help. The programme leader has gone to great lengths to ensure that the guest lectures are relevant to the students and supported us through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic."

James Fox

Career and Personal Development

MA Music at Lincoln aims to provide a deeper understanding of a range of subjects, and advance skills that will help build a career in music. Potential roles include writers, performers, composers, and teachers.

A career in the arts varies from arts administration to management, venue operation, and more. The critical skills developed during a Master’s degree demonstrate a high level of competency to future employers in many fields, and students who complete the programme may also wish to pursue further postgraduate research up to doctoral level.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Related Courses

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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