The aims of the M.Mus. course are to train musicians in the art of choral conducting; to instruct them in diverse aspects of the history and practice of choral music; to provide the technical skills required to work with historic repertoires and, for organists, to develop organ playing skills as both soloist and accompanist; to facilitate research into and performance of new or little-known choral repertoire; and to give students the experience of observing and working with the collegiate choirs. The M.Mus. benefits from the input of Dr Edward Wickham, Dr Geoffrey Webber and other Directors of Music in the Colleges, along with the Director of Performance, Margaret Faultless.
The course consists of six elements:
- Choral conducting: Weekly instruction, leading to a practical examination.
- Seminar course: Weekly seminars, leading to a written examination.
- Choral project: Students develop, rehearse and direct a recital programme which draws on their own scholarly research into repertoire, performance practice or pedagogical techniques.
- Optional elements: Students select either:
a) an extended essay on a topic relating to their choral project; or
b)editing project, related to their choral project; or
c)organ or continuo performance.
- College placements and observations
- Aural classes
Find out more about the M.Mus. in Choral Studies.