Middlesex University London - Classical Music Business MA

Middlesex University London

Classical Music Business MA

This programme is designed to prepare you for a future in the classical music industry, a complex and exciting field with many interesting employment opportunities. You will examine current issues and challenges facing the industry and explore questions such as: From Spotify playlists to Super Audio CD, how is classical music consumed in the 21st century? Are stars like Lang Lang or Sheku Kanneh-Mason creating new and more diverse audiences for classical music? Is the concert hall the best place for classical music performances? From crossover to the ‘classics’ and from film music to contemporary classical works, what is understood by ‘classical music’?

The MA Classical Music Business is ideal for any graduates with a specific interest in classical music, or for those with a classical music performance, musicology or composition degree. It is also highly suitable for anybody already in employment, who wants to further progress their career in the classical music industry.

Why study MA Classical Music Business at Middlesex University?

The MA Classical Music Business at Middlesex is unique. In addition to its distinct content and specialised teaching, this programme gives you the opportunity take up placements with classical music organisations such as music publishing house Peters Edition, the National Opera Studio, the record label and promoter NonClassical, period instrument orchestra Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the English Chamber Orchestra. Work placements can also be carried out elsewhere in the UK, Europe, and other parts of the world.

As Middlesex University is based in London, the centre of classical music activity in the UK, we are perfectly placed to attract high calibre speakers as well as introduce you to a wide range of concerts and cultural activities at internationally renowned classical music institutions such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and the Barbican.  You will examine contemporary issues and practices within the classical music industry and obtain a high level of understanding of how organisations are funded through commercial, public, and philanthropic income. Your work placement will also allow you to explore the practices and required skills of your chosen area within the classical music industry.

Entry Requirements

We accept the equivalent of the below qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification:

  • We normally require a second class honours degree (2:2) or above in an appropriate subject
  • We will consider applications from students with academic backgrounds in areas including business, sociology and law as well as the arts
  • Candidates with other degrees are welcome to apply provided they can demonstrate appropriate levels of experience.

To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant support in your country page. If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest regional office for support.

Academic credit for previous study or experience

If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

Visas and immigration

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our visas and immigration page for further information.

International students who require a Student route (formerly tier 4) visa to progress on a course at Middlesex University must apply for study on a full-time basis. However, this course is offered part-time so you are eligible to apply on a part-time basis.

Career Prospects

What will you study on MA Classical Music Business?

You will study six modules over the duration of this course; three of which are core modules and will give you a broad overview and knowledge of the key principles and theories. The three remaining modules are optional and allow you the opportunity to run your own classical music events or to explore music entrepreneurship.

Course Details

  • The course features work placements with and insight from industry leaders including the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), Peters Edition, the National Opera Studio, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, NonClassical, the London Chamber Music Society, the English Chamber Orchestra, Sound and Music, Kings Place, NMC Recordings , the English Symphony Orchestra, the Octagon Music Society and Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts.
  • You will benefit from guest talks and other contributions from classical music industry leaders
  • The Classical Music Industry (Routledge, 2018), the first extensive book on the subject and a core text of the MA Classical Music Business, was edited by key staff of the programme.

Classical Music Business in Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory
Arts and Music Marketing and Finance (30 credits) - Compulsory
Professional Practice in the Classical Music Industry (60 credits) - Compulsory
Classical Music Leadership and Artistic Planning (30 credits) - Optional
Cultural Events Management (Music Pathway) (30 credits) - Optional
New Ventures in the Creative Economy (30 credits) - Optional

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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