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The PhD in Creative Music Practice provides an opportunity for candidates to pursue practice-led research in the field of music at the highest level. The degree will involve research that combines textual and musical outputs.
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The PhD in Creative Music Practice involves research that combines textual and musical outputs, e.g. composition, performance (either of original or pre-existing repertoire), installation, sound design and interactive music software.
The outputs will take the form of a portfolio, performance, and/or recording, as well as theoretical work and documentation of the processes by which the music was made (e.g. video, photographs, recordings, sketches, studies, web pages).
The musical outputs will be explicitly linked to the textual material. This linkage may take various forms: musical material might exemplify, contextualize, and/or expand an idea elaborated in the text, and vice versa.
The programme requires candidates to critically evaluate and articulate the relationship of textual to extra-textual media in the formation of musical knowledge.
The format of the PhD thesis would consist of a text of not more than 50,000 words and a comprehensive record of the musical material (recordings, scores, software etc.) contained in a coherent and archive-able format (bound thesis and/or CD/DVD). In the case of theses relating to live musical performances, documentation in the form of high quality audio and video recordings is central to the submitted materials.
All research students undertake a research-methods training course at the beginning of their programme.
Regular individual meetings with the supervisor provide guidance and focus for the course of research undertaken.
All students also have access to the University's Postgraduate Skills Training courses.
The University offers one of Britain's largest and oldest-established music centres, with two international collections of historical instruments, state-of-the-art electronic and computer studios, and a special commitment to composition at an advanced level.
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This article was published on Apr 25, 2013