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MMus in Music Performance Course Overview


MMus - 180

Study Mode

Full-time or Part-time

Full-time fees

Sept 2024 UK / EEA: £10,500

Part-time fees

Sept 2024 UK / EEA: year 1 - £5,250, year 2 - £5,250


Full Time: 1 year & Part Time: 2 years


SFE funding available

International/ EU Applicants

If you are arriving after the UK has left the EU on January 1st 2021, you will require a visa to study in the UK, LCCM will not be able to sponsor you for a student visa. To find out more information, please visit the following page: apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

University Validation

University for the Creative Arts

Start Dates

September 2024

Minimum Age


Programme Specification

MMus Music Performance Programme Specs


This professionally focused, 12-month practice-based master’s degree in music performance aims to help students develop specialist skills as a performer, musical director, composer and arranger to an industry-leading standard through the creation of a significant body of original work demonstrating a distinctive artistic personality. Over the course of the year on this music performance degree, students will refine their instrumental skills, lead ensembles and create new compositions and arrangements through a range of individual lessons and group workshops and lectures. Additionally, students will devise and test strategies to launch, market and continuously develop their professional personas and then undertake a major body of creative and professional work over the summer as part of the Mmus, which could culminate in the performance of a new body of work or the completion of an industry placement.

Overall, the programme aims to:

  • refine your specialist performance skills and creative practice;
  • enable instrumentalists to develop a significant body of original creative work;
  • develop a distinctive artistic personality or voice;
  • prepare to lead and continuously develop in professional performance-based industry settings.


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What will you learn?

Our MMus in Music Performance is rooted in the deep practice of contemporary performance, musicianship and professional ability and provides a specialised practice-based programme for aspirational career musicians within contemporary music.

Programme modules will cover the following content:

  • Principal Instrument: Instrumental Technique, Phrasing, Tone, Time, Rhythm, Accompaniment, Transcription, Improvisation, Repertoire, Composition.
  • Arranging: Advanced Arranging, Score Writing and Instrumentation Concepts, Conducting and Directing Techniques, Score Reduction and Management Techniques.
  • Ensemble Workshop: Re-Interpreting and Performing Music Authentically in Commercial Style, Working With Artists and Directing Ensembles, Reading Lead Sheets, Improvising in a Range of Musical Styles.
  • Composition For Film & Other Media: Analysis & technique, Composition, Orchestration, Case Studies, Live Recordings, Mixing for Film.
  • Digital Distribution & Marketing: Musician and Artist Branding, Audience Identification, Content Planning, Social Media Optimisation, Digital Distribution, Utilising Meaningful Metrics.
  • Major Project: Reflective and Academic Writing, Project Management, Research Methodologies, Ethical Implications and Impacts, Partners and Strategy.


This course is designed to equip you with the skills, theoretical knowledge and connections necessary to establish a lasting career in music. The list below highlights a non-exhaustive list of the options available:

  • Professional session musician
  • Arranger
  • Musical director
  • Band member
  • Songwriter
  • Film scoring
  • Executive, manager, administrator, officer in the music or wider entertainment industry
  • Executive, manager, administrator, officer in any business
  • Music industry entrepreneur
  • Instrumental music teacher
  • Project manager

Upon graduation, students would be well-placed to pursue a PhD or other advanced degrees in music-related subject areas.


Music Performance Course Structure

One-to-one with the Programme Leader

Get in touch with the Programme Leader to discuss your current qualification and career goals, and get advice on which LCCM postgraduate degree would suit you best.

Please e-mail Austin Milne at to book your 30 min slot.


Entry Criteria
  • Entry will also be subject to audition consisting of a portfolio review and/or live audition. Please click here to see the Audition Guidelines document for this Programme.
  • In addition, a minimum second-class honours degree in a relevant subject from a UK awarding body or college recognised equivalent international qualification.
  • Significant equivalent professional experience will also be considered.
  • Plus, English language competency equivalent to CEFR Level C1 (7.0 overall, 6.5 in each category) if from a non-majority English language speaking country.


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