Master of Music in Performance and Master of Performance (Guildhall Artist)

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Application Fee: £123 GBP; Tuition Fees: See Fees section below
Apply by 2 October 2023 for September 2024 entry
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About the MMus and MPerf programmes

Studying for a Masters in Performance prepares you for entry to the profession at the highest level. These programmes will develop you as an individual, insightful musician and practitioner; they will challenge you to take risks within your field of expertise. They will give you the technical facility and musical flexibility to explore and refine your individual artistic voice. 

The School will provide you with a learning environment that enables you to recognise and nurture your strengths. As part of the Masters programmes, there are also great opportunities for professional exposure.

Our teaching staff includes world-class performers and innovative practitioners. Your final recitals will be assessed by leading experts. You will learn from internationally renowned artists and you will perform in some of the country’s finest venues.

Many specialisms within these programmes work closely with our partner organisations, particularly the Orchestral Artistry specialism delivered in association with the London Symphony Orchestra. As part of this development process, you will receive feedback from a variety of sources. To ensure you gain self-reliance and the confidence to further your career, we prioritise individual study alongside enhancing your ability to independently evaluate your own musical identity and growth, and guide your gradual, independent engagement with the outside musical scene.

See our Principal Study pages for further information on instrument-specific tuition and performance opportunities.

It’s really great to study in such a rich and supportive environment where there are so many different things going on that you can learn from, it’s so refreshing and encouraging. Whether in my individual lessons or various chamber coaching, I have always felt completely supported, understood and challenged.

– Hatty Haynes, MPerf Violin

Professional specialisms

Within the Performance pathway, students study one of our professional specialisms according to instrument and area of interest:

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Jazz Intensive specialism for instrumentalists and singers.

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Opera Studies

Award-winning specialism offering advanced operatic training

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Specific repetiteur study for pianists within the Opera Department.


Vocal Studies

Advanced study for singers who can specialise in areas of particular interest.

Programme Structure

MMus – One year full-time or two years part-time

MPerf – Two years full-time or two years part-time and one year full-time^


The MMus programme meets all the criteria for a Masters level (level 7) award and a student successfully completing their studies will be awarded a Master of Music (or a Postgraduate Diploma, according to the modules taken). This programme concentrates on the student’s intense activities in Principal Study, but also includes core Contextual Studies and a wide range of Elective opportunities.

The MPerf shares the first year with MMus students, with the second year representing progression for the student in terms of depth and breadth of repertoire within a project-based structure that mimics, in a controlled environment, professional practice at the highest level. Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Master of Performance (Guildhall Artist).


^Opera Studies is full-time only, and MMus takes two academic years

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Performance & Collaboration

Studying music at an internationally-renowned conservatoire means you can become immersed in a world of performance from day one. Whatever your instrument or specialism, Guildhall School provides a host of opportunities for you to perform, record and collaborate.


ranked conservatoire in the Guardian University Guide music league table