The programmes are structured so that you can establish a secure foundation in a broad range of skills and knowledge, and then identify and pursue areas of particular strength and interest. With tutorial support and guidance, you will be encouraged to articulate your personal goals and identify the tools you need to achieve them, drawing on a broad range of subject choices as you tailor a highly individual course of study.
In Year 1 a broad foundation of skills and knowledge is established, providing you with a base for the more specialist courses of study available in Years 2 and 3. BMus and BA Music share two core modules: an Introduction to Music Studies and Theory, Style and Analysis. BMus students will then study Practical Musicianship and choose modules in Performance (including weekly one-to-one instrumental/vocal tuition), Composition, or both. BA Music students also have two more core modules, both focussing on musicology and music history: Music in Society and Music, Science and Technology. All students have the option of taking modules in Composition, interdisciplinary study in Arts Business Fundamentals, studio-based study in Audio Sequencing and Recording, or an interdisciplinary performing arts-based module in Devising.
After this preparatory year, you will be able to pursue a number of routes through your final two years, including Performance (BMus only), Composition (including options in Sound Arts and Composition for Film and Media), Musicology, Music Education, Music Health and Wellbeing, Music Analysis, and Interdisciplinary Arts. In Year 2, specialist and vocational modules are supported by core modules in Styles and Ideas and Content and Context, focussing on specific musical works and events, and exploring their history, analysis, interpretation, and aesthetics. Modules in Year 3 typically involve project work supported by group and one-to-one tutorials, allowing you to pursue individual, independent study. Core and optional modules all draw on the specific research expertise and interests of the staff on the Music Team.
You may also wish to participate in high quality staff-run ensembles, including:
- Symphony Orchestra
- Wind Band
- University Chorus
- String Orchestra
- Big Band
- Scratch Orchestra
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
- Early Music Ensemble
- Chamber Choir
Or you can take part in the many ensembles supported by the University’s Music Society, or start your own!