Guildhall School of Music and Drama Leadership

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Leadership

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Leadership

Guildhall Artist Masters Programme in Leadership

Developing the distinctive artistic voices of the next generation of musicians

The Leadership pathway of the Guildhall Artist Masters programme is a pioneering Masters degree for musicians who want to develop their artistic voice and create interdisciplinary work that responds to multiple social contexts. The programme develops fundamental skills that are essential for working as an artistic leader in a variety of cultural, community and education settings.

Explore your artistic identity and practice

The Leadership pathway provides a unique opportunity to extend the boundaries and ambitions of your artistic identity and practice. You will explore and refine different creative processes in a practical and reflective research environment, with opportunities to take part in a range of projects. These include collaboration and performance events with visual artists; public festivals and presentations, often in different community contexts; optional international residencies (recent visits include Iceland, Argentina and Palestine); and practical research residencies and laboratories.

Supported by a diverse team of world-renowned practitioners, researchers, guest speakers and project leaders, the programme is taught through group practical classes, discussions, critiques and seminars. You will receive individual tutoring, one-to-one lessons and mentoring. Led by Creative Learning, the programme also has close links with the Barbican and offers access to extra-curricular opportunities closely related to the centre’s international arts programme.

Our graduates

Programme graduates go on to lead fulfilling and busy careers – working across a range of contexts and often developing and producing their own projects and initiatives. They are bold, passionate artists with skills as creators, collaborators, innovators, performers, leaders and creative entrepreneurs, all seeking to make a difference.

Years 1 and 2

In addition to the core programme, you can choose a number of electives to develop specific skills, attitudes and understanding in relation to your areas of specialism. These electives are taught in small groups and involve a combination of academic and experiential learning approaches.

Year 3

Exceptional students completing Part One of the Leadership Pathway will have the opportunity to continue their studies into Part Two (Leadership Portfolio). They undertake three substantial performance events as a Leader, Performer and Creator/Collaborator that are designed to strengthen artistic development in these areas.

Introduction to the programme

  • Part One (MMus):
    Two years full-time
  • Part Two (MLead):
    One year full-time
    NB. Progression to Part Two is conditional on results from Part One
  • 14 applications | 7 places*

*approximate figures taken from 2015/16 and are purely indicative

Visit the MMus Leadership Tumblr

Find out about Leadership events and projects, and watch Leadership videos by visiting the Leadership programme blog.

Useful links

Contact us

If you have any queries or want to speak to somebody for an informal chat about the course, please contact the Course Leader Jose Martins.