MA/PG Dip MUSICAL DIRECTION

Validated by University of East Anglia

MA/PG Dip MUSICAL DIRECTION
Validated by University of East Anglia

One year (full-time)

This is intensive professional training for highly skilled musicians embarking on a career as a musical director.

Mountview is one of the UK’s leading musical theatre trainers, and therefore the ideal springboard for a career in musical direction.  The course is suited to advanced pianists, accompanists and conductors who have proven experience working with singers, actors and instrumentalists. There is a maximum of six places available each year.

The course takes place over 45 weeks split into three terms.

Throughout the year of training you’ll participate in tutorials with leading practitioners and industry specialists. You will assist professional musical directors on in-house and public musical productions and lead musically on performances.

Course Content

All modules are compulsory. There is continuous assessment and students have regular tutorials with the course leader throughout the course. If you solely want to develop practical skills and make industry contacts you may opt to take the PG Diploma. If you wish to explore an additional analytical pathway you can prepare for a creative MA project through a series of seminars.

 Assessment is based on work throughout the course. Over the year students wishing to complete the MA prepare for a creative project through a series of seminars.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Skills

  •  One-to-one keyboard technique
  •  Playing orchestral reductions
  •  Accompanying
  •  Arranging & orchestration
  •  Conducting & cueing
  •  Acting through song
  •  Reflective journal

Performance

• Assistant MD on in-house or public musical

All modules are compulsory. There is continuous assessment and students have regular tutorials with the course leader throughout the course. If you solely want to develop practical skills and make industry contacts you may opt to take the PG Diploma. If you wish to explore an additional analytical pathway you can prepare for a creative MA project through a series of seminars.

 Assessment is based on work throughout the course. Over the year students wishing to complete the MA prepare for a creative project through a series of seminars.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Skills

• One-to-one keyboard technique
• Audition rep
• Keyboard programming
• Voice and singing technique
• Coaching a singer
• Reflective journal

Performance

• Concert, in-house project or public show

All modules are compulsory. There is continuous assessment and students have regular tutorials with the course leader throughout the course. If you solely want to develop practical skills and make industry contacts you may opt to take the PG Diploma. If you wish to explore an additional analytical pathway you can prepare for a creative MA project through a series of seminars.

 Assessment is based on work throughout the course. Over the year students wishing to complete the MA prepare for a creative project through a series of seminars.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Performance

• Assistant MD or MD on public musical
• Reflective journal
• MA presentation

Fees

  • UK/EU Students
  • £10,150
  • UK/EU Students (PG Diploma only)
  • £8,275
  • International Students
  • £16,825
  • Application Fee
  • Free
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Fees are subject to annual review. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

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My time at Mountview has been demanding, exciting, bundles of fun and most importantly extremely rewarding. Every day brought a new challenge, a new person to meet and a new experience.

Lauren Ronan, MA in Musical Direction

Entry requirements

Admission onto the course is by interview. Candidates are required to have a very high standard of piano playing. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA.

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Interview information

Candidates are invited to Mountview for an interview with the Head of Programme at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences. There is no application fee.

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2018 Prospectus