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Masters Degree Choices... oooh decisions!

Discussion in 'Music' started by thelibrarian, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. I've decided I'd like to do a Masters degree in Music of some description. I'd like to be able to use this towards a Music Librarian career, and also to impress schools if I decide to go back into teaching (I might decided to do a return to teaching course and go back).

    My first degree is in Music Technology, but I do a lot of playing, including classical, and so I've always billed myself as being half Music and half Music Tech in my specialism (I taught in FE).

    Anyway, I'd ideally like to do a joint Masters in Music and Music Technology, but I can only find one course at Keele University that lets you do this. Anyone know of any more?

    Also, I'm thinking Musicology, as that would be great for my Librarianship, but would schools think this is relevant as there is less performance/composition? I realise you don't need a Masters degree to teach, it's just that I would like a musical refresher if I went back and it would make me stand out.

    Any pointers greatly appreciated as I just can't decide on my own!
     
  2. I've decided I'd like to do a Masters degree in Music of some description. I'd like to be able to use this towards a Music Librarian career, and also to impress schools if I decide to go back into teaching (I might decided to do a return to teaching course and go back).

    My first degree is in Music Technology, but I do a lot of playing, including classical, and so I've always billed myself as being half Music and half Music Tech in my specialism (I taught in FE).

    Anyway, I'd ideally like to do a joint Masters in Music and Music Technology, but I can only find one course at Keele University that lets you do this. Anyone know of any more?

    Also, I'm thinking Musicology, as that would be great for my Librarianship, but would schools think this is relevant as there is less performance/composition? I realise you don't need a Masters degree to teach, it's just that I would like a musical refresher if I went back and it would make me stand out.

    Any pointers greatly appreciated as I just can't decide on my own!
     
  3. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    If your main aim is librarianship, wouldn't it be better to take one of the CILIP accredited masters' courses in library science or information management?
    Personally, I don't think that possessing a masters degree in music makes an applicant any more attractive for a music teaching post. The skills required are not those that one would learn on a masters degree in music / music technology.
     
  4. Yes I'm doing a Masters in Librarianship already, I just fancy one in Music too. I realise that I don't need a Masters degree to teach, just wondering whether Musicology was even relevant to teaching the subject as opposed to Music and Music Tech, I guess I'm asking as if that was my undergraduate as well.
     
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    No, I don't think it is likely to be relevant. An enthusiasm for teaching is one of the most important requirements and, to be frank, wanting to pursue two masters' degrees first might raise questions about whether your heart really is in teaching.
    You will need to explain why you left teaching in the first place (I realise there could be perfectly understandable reasons for this), and you will need to be able to demonstrate the type of musical skills that the school is looking for. Music technology is likely to be one, so you are well placed there, but would you feel confident in tasks such as teaching Bach chorales for A-level, conducting choirs and orchestras, coaching singers, accompanying pupils on the piano for their concerts and exams, and so forth? If not, those are probably the things to concentrate on rather than high-level academic qualifications.
     
  6. Sounds like I was just like you; keen on music tech and music equally but also very interested in the use of technology in teaching. I opted for the MSc in multimedia and e-learning from Huddersfield and completed it in 18 months part time. Absolutely brilliant and loved every minute of it. Runs on saturday schools about 10 times a year. Liz Bennett is the contact there.
     
  7. Of course my heart isn't in teaching, I'm a librarian! Just wondering for the sake of keeping my options open. Thanks for the advice guys!
     

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