Brass Band Conducting MMus/Pg dip

Brass Band Conducting MMus/Pg dip

Designed for recent graduates and suitably qualified mature students, our taught Master of Music (MMus) and Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Brass Band Conducting courses provide the technical training, collaborative opportunities and podium time necessary to help you prepare for a career as a professional conductor.
As a Principal Study Brass Band Conductor, you'll be offered individual tuition from expert staff conductors, and will spend considerable time developing your directing techniques in rehearsal and in performance. In addition to attending and participating in scheduled brass band activities, you will be encouraged to explore other opportunities to engage with ensembles, as director or observer, both within the Conservatoire and with professional organisations such as Services for Education and Tredegar Brass Band. Brass Band Conducting students should also expect to attend classes/workshops of their peers studying other conducting pathways.
It's normal for conducting students to be proactive in presenting performances of projects that they've generated themselves. You'll receive support and professional advice in pursuing such projects, which should be viewed as an essential element of your studies. Both PgDip and MMus courses provide excellent opportunities to develop other skills relevant to a future career in the music profession. 
You'll have full access to our superb £57 million facilities, including our Concert Hall, 150-seat Recital Hall, our black box performance space known as The Lab, and more than 70 practice rooms, ensemble rooms and workshops; all acoustically designed to provide a music-making environment that is world class.
  • Regular individual specialist tuition. 
  • Access to the Conservatoire’s broad range of ensemble activities, including Brass Band and Brass Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, ‘Repertoire’ and ‘Pops’ Orchestras, and Thallein (Contemporary Music) Ensemble. 
  • Regular opportunities to rehearse and perform with ensembles within the Conservatoire. 
  • Regular opportunities to observe ensemble rehearsals, including sectional rehearsals directed by departmental heads or specialist guest tutors.
  • Opportunities to join orchestral and choral conducting classes. 
  • Bespoke support in musicianship and arranging.
  • A core career development module designed to get you thinking about your future professional plans. 
  • The flexibility to choose from a broad menu of Professional Development Option modules designed to help you work towards achieving your personal career aspirations.
  • In MMus, a core module designed to develop your skills as a researcher or informed practitioner.
  • The possibility of transferring from PgDip to MMus once you have begun your studies (but before completion of the PgDip course). 

Entry Requirements

  • UK students should normally hold an honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music.
  • Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music.
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

Career Prospects

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Course Details

PG Dip
Principal Study 1: Brass Band Conducting
Career Development

Optional modules
Conservatoire based
Concepts in Musicology
Contemporary Music Concepts and Practice
Creative Interactive Music Technology Performance
Critical Editing Techniques
Experimental Performance in Context(s)
Historical Instrument Performance
Historical Performance Practice
Independent Scholarship in Music
Music and Ideas
Music Technology Contexts
Performing and Producing in the Studio
Professional Music Criticism
Self-Promotion Project
Teaching Matters: Principles and Practice
Work Placement
Writing Music for Media
Conference Paper
Preparation for Research
Music, Community and Wellbeing (BMus module)
School of Art based
Art and Ecologies

Career Development
Principal Study 1: Brass Band Conducting
Principal Study 2: Brass Band Conducting

Optional modules:
Three Professional Development modules (20 credits each), and
One MMus optional module

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