What is a PhD in Music Performance?

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Music Performance teaches you how to become a professional musician or singer. During studies, you can specialise in vocal performance, popular instruments such as the piano, or in orchestral instruments, including the violin, clarinet, or trumpet.

During a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Music Performance, you can expect to take classes on music history and literature, music theory, choruses and bands, applied music instruction, accompanying, public recital, etc.

As a professional musician, you will often perform musical scores in collaboration with fellow musicians. As a singer, you can develop a solo career or aim to succeed with a band. You’ll spend most of your time rehearsing and learning new songs. Your academic background will also enable you to write pieces of music or help other bands or artists improve their creations.

In addition to knowledge of music theory and history, musicians and singers also excel in sight-reading, work ethic, discipline, and performing in public, among others.

After graduating with a Music Performance degree, you can work for theatres, operas, orchestras, film studios, record labels, educational institutions, churches, etc. Other related job titles include singer, soloist, orchestra musician, opera singer, or music teacher.

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