Music

BMus and BA single honours or in combination with another subject Music 2016/17

An undergraduate degree in Music at Canterbury Christ Church University offers a flexible and thorough learning experience. If you wish to undertake a significant amount of practical study in Performance, Composition, or both, then the Single Honours Bachelor of Music is for you. If you want to study Music in depth but without a significant amount of practical study in Performance, then you will choose our Single Honours BA in Music. You can also combine Music with another subject. Alongside musical skills, you will develop your knowledge, motivation and self-reliance, preparing you for a career in Music. The wide range of transferable skills you will acquire will also prepare you for many non-musical careers that you may wish to pursue after graduation, for PGCE, or for further study at Masters level.

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!

You may wish to pursue a career in music education, areas related to health and wellbeing, music journalism or criticism, composition, music technology, music scholarship, arts administration, or a combination of these specialisms. Many performers find themselves pursuing a ‘portfolio’ career after university—involving performance, composition, teaching, and/or other music musical work.  The BMus and BA Music degrees offer the opportunity to develop the transferable and specialist skills necessary for these types of careers.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Powers of memory, physical dexterity and concentration - developed in practice and performance
  • Communication skills - developed through performing and engaging listeners
  • Teamwork - through working in bands or orchestras as a player, leader or manager
  • Self-management - physical and mental self-discipline achieved through regular practice
  • Performing under pressure - overcoming nervousness in order to perform well during exams, concerts and auditions
  • Planning - organising and working towards a project/performance
  • Commercial awareness - managing salary gained from performance or teaching

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Music.

Bachelor of Music:

  • 280 UCAS points
  • At least one A2 Level in Music with at least a Grade C, Merit in an appropriate BTEC qualification, or a recognised Music Access certificate
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory
  • ABRSM Grade 8 in your first instrument or voice

BA Music:

  • 280 UCAS points
  • At least one A2 Level in Music with at least a Grade C, Merit in an appropriate BTEC qualification, or a recognised Music Access certificate
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory

We also offer a Foundation year option for those who may not have had formal education in Music, but who wish to study Music at university. After the Foundation year, you automatically continue on to the BA Music degree programme.

All candidates who meet the entry criteria will receive an offer through UCAS. You will also be invited to an Applicant Day including a tour of the campus, and the opportunity to meet our staff, giving us a chance to get to know each other before you accept your offer. Where candidates do not meet the entry criteria (those who have taken a non-traditional route through education, for example), we may offer an interview and audition. If you are applying from abroad, you may submit, instead of an audition and interview, audio-visual evidence of your performing skills and complete a questionnaire about your musical experience and goals.

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government. **Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. *Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet. 

View the general principles which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University .

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

A wide range of Learning and Teaching Strategies is adopted in the programme, as necessitated by the nature of the subject and the programme aims. The aim to ensure the establishment of a secure base of each student’s focal areas of interest leads to a broad programme of modules in Level 4, often delivered to relatively large groups in the forms of lectures and seminars. The aim to develop all students’ motivation, self-reliance and initiative, leads to a gradual increase in student choice and autonomy, and an increasing use of small group seminars, tutorials and student centred learning.

The aim to ensure that all students’ studies are set in the context of direct engagement with music means that there is a great deal of practical music making built into the programme. Students participate in both large and small ensembles in the various processes of preparation, rehearsal and performance, at all Levels. Similarly, students participate in workshops and masterclasses where, for example, their compositions are performed and discussed, or their performances analysed and skills of performance practice developed. Further, the majority of modules engage students with a range of practical skills, whether in performance, conducting, song writing, arranging, composing or music technology.

The aim to develop each student’s individual creative and technical abilities, principally in performance or composition, means that there is extensive individual tuition built into the programme in the Performance Studies and Composition Studies modules, at all Levels. All individual teaching, however, in both performance and composition, is supported by seminars, and by the extensive programmes of workshops and performances.

Extensive use is made of coursework right across the programme. This includes both text-based coursework (e.g. essays, commentaries, and concert critiques) and musical scores (e.g. original compositions, orchestrations, and performing editions). Practical skills are assessed both by a range of products, for example electroacoustic compositions, jazz arrangements, performances of chamber music and processes, to include, for example, participation in rehearsals and performances, or contributions to workshops and seminars. Very often, skills and understanding assessed primarily by practical means are also assessed through a reflective text-based element, further integrating theory and practice. Students receive feedback and guidance throughout the academic year, through the provision of detailed feedback sheets and, in a number of courses, a series of regularly scheduled tutorials.

The Bachelor of Music provides students who choose Performance modules weekly one-to-one lessons with specialist instrumental and vocal teachers. At Levels 4 and 5 these are 45 minutes per week (18.75 hours in total), rising to 1 hour per week at Level 6 (24 hours in total). Students are also encouraged, in their first week, to apply for a second instrument scholarship, which pays for 10 hours of lessons in a second instrument. BA Music students, who do not have instrumental or vocal lessons as part of their course, are also encouraged to apply for the scholarship to have 10 hours of lessons on their instrument if they wish. Throughout the course, all students in the School of Music and Performing Arts can apply for a General Scholarship award. These are awards of up to £300 supporting career and personal development activities outside of the academic programme itself. This may be, for example, attending Masterclasses elsewhere in the country, attending short courses during the summer break, or attending conferences and workshops. Current students have been awarded money to attend a course at Glyndebourne, and to attend a World Music teaching course at SOAS, for example. The Chapel Choir offers prestigious choral (£800 per annum), organ and conducting (both £1000 per annum) scholarships to those involved in music-making in the Chapel. For more details and an application form please visit the Choral Scholarship web page.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • W300 Music BMus
  • W303 Music BA

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    At least one A2 level must be in Music. Applicants for the single honours BMus wishing to study Performance should have Grade 8 of the ABRSM; combined honours applicants wishing to study Performance should also have Grade 8, or be able to demonstrate equivalence at audition. All applicants should have Grade 5 Theory or equivalent. More entry requirement details.

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