MA Music Performance, powered by Tileyard

Application deadline:
30 June

Start dates:
September

Duration:
One year, full-time

Your degree will be delivered over 45 weeks.

Location:
Confetti, London

Awarding body:
This postgraduate degree will be taught at Confetti London and validated by Nottingham Trent University (NTU).

  • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution, in a related subject. Your degree should be in a related subject, including Music Performance, Commercial Music, Commercial Music Performance and Production, Popular Music, Contemporary popular Music, Jazz performance, Any degree mentioning Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards.
  • Non-standard applicants with at least three years' industry experience are also welcome to apply.
  • You should be of at least Grade 6 standard on your instrument or voice
    Please send hyperlinks to videos of you performing 2 contrasting songs on your primary instrument or singing them. The songs must be performed from start to finish. At least one of the 2 videos must show you performing unaccompanied i.e. on your own without other musicians or a backing track. The songs can be your own compositions or covers.
  • Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard. Eligibility may be determined by means of an interview for some applicants.
  • Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have an English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Personal statement:

You should include in your personal statement why you want to study this course, as well as:

  • A description of what instruments you play, how long you have played them and what styles of music you like to play
  • Whether you can sight-read written music or not
  • A summary of how many public performances “gigs” you have done either solo, as part of a band or both
  • Your experience, if any, of organising musicians, planning and putting gigs on or organising recording sessions
  • A brief description of the music you listen to including your favourite styles or artists

Interview:

You'll be invited to an informal interview after you submit your application, to determine your project ideas, your fit with the course, and to discuss your aspirations.

  • A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution, in a related subject. Your degree should be in a related subject, including Music Performance, Commercial Music, Commercial Music Performance and Production, Popular Music, Contemporary popular Music, Jazz performance, Any degree mentioning Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards.
  • You should be of at least Grade 6 standard on your instrument or voice
    Please send hyperlinks to videos of you performing 2 contrasting songs on your primary instrument or singing them. The songs must be performed from start to finish. At least one of the 2 videos must show you performing unaccompanied i.e. on your own without other musicians or a backing track. The songs can be your own compositions or covers.

Personal statement:

You should include in your personal statement why you want to study this course, as well as:

  • A description of what instruments you play, how long you have played them and what styles of music you like to play
  • Whether you can sight-read written music or not
  • A summary of how many public performances “gigs” you have done either solo, as part of a band or both
  • Your experience, if any, of organising musicians, planning and putting gigs on or organising recording sessions
  • A brief description of the music you listen to including your favourite styles or artists

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

For the latest course fees and advice on funding, visit our fees and funding page.

We offer a 20% discount to most current Confetti and Nottingham Trent University students, and recent alumni. 

To apply for this course, you will need to complete an application through NTU’s Applicant Portal.

Your application will include a personal statement, and you’ll need to provide a reference. For advice about making a successful application to study this course, visit the NTU pages on how to apply.

This degree is delivered at our Confetti London Campus in Whitechapel.

On this masters degree you will be challenged to innovate across a range of disciplines within the industry such as creative covers, songwriting, artistic endeavours and recording. You will develop a personalised journey in specific areas of interest culminating in you leaving with a focused commercial strategy for a sustainable career. You'll explore contextual elements of the world of music and consider your place within it.

The key aim is to cultivate high quality, entrepreneurially adept graduates to work in the Music Performance industries from a portfolio career grass roots level to more structured established company environments. You will be well placed for the real world of work in this exciting field

Why study this course?

Confetti has been running its own commercial businesses for almost 30 years, which includes a live music and events venue, Metronome. Through these businesses, you’ll have access to amazing facilities and industry professionals working in the music and events industries.

At the start of your degree you’ll be paired with an industry mentor, matched to your project and/or specialism. They’ll work with you throughout your studies, acting as an external source of advice, support, contacts, and possibly employment opportunities.

Supporting your industry knowledge, we’ll provide you with regular guest lectures and the chance to experience Confetti Industry Week; the largest of its kind in the UK.

Industry exposure at Tileyard

As part of your degree you’ll get exclusive access to the UK’s best music industry insights and connections through our partnership with Tileyard – the world’s largest professional music community.

You can expect regular masterclasses, industry briefs, mentoring and a host of other opportunities to further develop your portfolio, industry knowledge and those all-important connections and contacts.

What you'll study

You will be required to undertake postgraduate level research and investigation in all aspects of your masters study and you will be exposed to a multitude of level 7 research skills and frameworks.

You'll evaluate the most appropriate methods and apply them to a given research project. This module runs across multiple creative masters degrees, enabling cross-course collaboration and reflection.

Throughout the module you will be scaffolded to arrive at a fully formed proposal for your masters dissertation module.

Based on your experience in the Research for Creative Industries module and the resulting proposal you will now embark on your masters dissertation journey which will be an independent study into your specific chosen area of interest.

You will have paths available to you to help you personalise your level 7 experience, for example a more traditional desktop study or a more practical project based approach to prepare you for a future in industry or doctoral study

This module is designed to reflect the entrepreneurial nature of practices in the music industry. Through appropriate negotiated research avenues, you will critically examine current ways of working most applicable to your own journey as a music industry professional, whether that's as an employee, a business owner, or a freelancer with one or more music related activities.

You'll look for your place in the sector and work towards finding a home there during and after your studies by developing your subject and employability skills along with a relevant outward facing portfolio that considers you as a brand. You’ll critically examine the work landscape to identify relevant professional opportunities during and after your studies to support your development, and, importantly, explore ways to monetise your talents.

You'll work on specific self-sourced or supplied industry facing projects and these will provide you with the opportunity to examine the skills needed in relevant key music sectors to help you thrive and survive.

In your 'Practice' module, you'll explore and experiment with multiple related skills, and the relevant results of which can be finessed here and included in your work-facing portfolio, too. To give you the best chance to have long-term success you'll have an assigned mentor from industry to give you a vital insiders perspective.

Ultimately you’ll form an output plan and will pitch for a 'Confetti Employability Grant' to help you with your next steps.

This is your Music Performance playground! We all have our specialisms, but have you ever thought how you can apply those skills in related fields? The key to your development is going through the ‘doing’ process in a number of scenarios and examining how you can use what you learned in your own practice. You'll experience performance in different settings, whether as an ensemble or solo instrumentalist live, in rehearsals, in songwriting sessions or in recording scenarios.

Through a series of workshops and projects you’ll explore and enhance your processes and skills in these related areas. You’ll experiment and see how related competencies can be developed to increase your employability across the music performance sector: You might experiment mapping your instrumental skills to session playing, or your songwriting skills as an artist to write songs for media use: you’ll work to personalise and apply these techniques to your own practice to enhance what makes you, you!

The key in this module is in the process and reflection, but assets related to your intended employability journey can be honed to completion for use in your ‘Creative Entrepreneurial Approaches’ module to show you at your very best.

We’ve worked closely with industry partner and leader, SSL, on creating a bespoke-built console. TriniTy is the first-of-its-kind system, delivering SSL’s SuperAnalogue sound, digital production power, and seamless integration.

Check out SSL’s announcement on their website.

You’ll find SSL ORIGIN consoles in all edit suites as standard. The studio mixing console has a traditional analogue studio workflow at its heart whilst providing the perfect partner for a modern DAW-driven ‘hybrid’ production studio.

Audio monitoring throughout the music facilities is provided by PMC and Focusrite Rednet interfaces throughout, allowing for audio recording to be captured remotely.

Alongside world-class recording studios and rehearsal rooms, we're putting the final touches to a purpose-built multi-discipline events and production space with the versatility built-in to function as a 600-capacity live venue, or a virtual production studio complete with LED volume.

Similar to our Nottingham venue, Metronome, it's here where you'll gain valuable work experience and access world-class facilities.

Confetti Industry Week is the biggest of its kind in the UK, where guest speakers and mentors from the music industry are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.

Past Industry Week guests have included:

  • Michael Eavis - Glastonbury founder
  • Kim Hawes – tour manager for Motorhead and Black Sabbath
  • Susan Rogers - with Prince and the Jacksons
  • Tom Visconti - worked with David Bowie
  • Piers Aggett - Rudimental
  • Nick Raphael – President of Capitol Records who signed Sam Smith
  • Trevor Plunkett - tour manager for George Ezra
  • Sylvia Massy - worked with Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince and Rick Rubin
  • Sister Bliss - Faithless

The week spans the whole creative industries, so it's not just event specialists who you'll get the chance to hear from!

Check out some past talks OnDemand here

The three key approaches to learning and teaching for this course are:

  • Active Collaborative Learning
  • Learning through Research
  • Online or Blended learning

You will participate in workshops, lectures, small group and one-to-one tutoring designed to help you develop the practical and thinking skills that you will need in your chosen career. There is also a collaborative project along with online practice supporting portfolio development.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a number of ways, including:

  • Written Assignments
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Creative outputs/production
  • Portfolio

Formative assessment is what we call the opportunities you have to produce and get feedback on work that will help you to prepare to complete your summative formal assessment.  There are specific named activities in your assessment and feedback plan which you will be asked to complete and submit for feedback.  Additionally, peer, class and individual feedback on your ongoing work is formative.

Assessment tasks are designed to challenge you over the year to increasingly demonstrate your own creativity, reflect your own interests and include independent research.

Graduates will be equipped to take up roles working as a session musician, artist, instrumental related teacher, gigging performer, portfolio-based musician, MD.

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