At Christ Church you’re given so many opportunities to play your instrument. Whether in weekly performance lectures, the Wednesday concert series or playing in the cathedral. It's amazing!Josh
Our BA Music degree is a broad-based course combining theory and practice in a wide range of genres and styles.
As performer, composer/arranger, and musicologist, you will engage with an eclectic repertoire – not just the established ‘canon’ of art music, but music of different cultures and traditions, past and present. You’ll have the chance to meet and talk to an impressive variety of creative practitioners – some as part of our teaching team, others our fellow-professionals – and make music in some of the finest spaces in the country, including purpose-built studios, theatre spaces, and Canterbury Cathedral.
This degree course will put you in a position to take your place in the many-faceted creative and performing arts industry as a versatile creative practitioner and music leader.
A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points, gained through qualifications such as A Level or BTEC exams, or by successful completion of the ABRSM/Trinity Performance and/or Theory exams.
All applications are considered on an individual basis, and for us, an important part of the process is the interview: applicants will be invited to come and discuss their background and aspirations, and if you’re interested in performing, we’ll hear you play.
For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.
Year 1 starts by strengthening the foundations of your musical knowledge and understanding with modules in theory, music technology, and performance.
In Semester 2, an intensely practical module develops your composition and ensemble direction work; your study of music history continues; and you may choose between a performance module and a musicology module which looks at the culture of popular music.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
The BA Music course is taught in two semesters each year: Semester 1 begins in September and ends with a two-week assessment period in January; Semester 2 runs from then until May. The Christmas and Easter holidays coincide with school terms across the UK.
Students take 3 modules in each semester. The teaching on each module will vary depending on the module content, but some appropriate combination of lectures, practical workshops, seminars and individual tutorials is the typical pattern.
‘Contact hours’ (i.e., face-to-face with a tutor in some form or other) will depend on the optional modules selected. Normally, a 20-credit module with 15-20 students has around 3–4 contact hours per week, but there are variations, particularly where a module is delivered predominantly by individual tutorials or in smaller groups.
You will be supported in your learning through regular access to your tutors and through one-to-one tutorials. In addition, you will meet periodically with your Personal Academic Tutor. All modules are supported by an online ‘Virtual Learning Environment’ (VLE) software programme called Blackboard. Every module has a Blackboard, which is a one-stop shop for information and learning materials.
You will have access to IT and library facilities throughout your course.
All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
Every hour of timetabled sessions at university generates many more hours of self-directed study, guided by tutors. Typically, this involves working on performance or composition projects, reading and researching for written work, practicing your instrument, rehearsing in ensembles in preparation for your next session – and, eventually, for assessments.
That said, you may well have noticed in the brief module descriptions that the balance between tutor-directed and self-directed study shifts, quite dramatically, in the course of the three years. Thus, by the time you leave, we expect that you will have acquired the crucial graduate abilities which will make you the autonomous, creative, innovative, and well-organised colleague, teacher, practitioner, and/or performer we want you to become.
In all, your working week will usually consist of around 10 - 12 contact hours and up to 30 additional hours of independent study. Inevitably, there will be some variation to this depending on the modules you’re taking; there could, for example, be no end to the amount of individual instrumental practice you might do.
The tutors on the BA Music degree programme are a remarkable group of highly qualified academics who all combine their teaching with professional activity, whether as performers, musicologists, and/or creative practitioners. We also benefit enormously from our rich association with fellow professionals who contribute their expertise on a freelance basis. These include instrumental teachers, ensemble directors, practitioners in specific areas such as the Alexander Technique or Music Therapy, visiting professors such as the composer Paul Patterson, or visiting lecturers with specialisms in areas of the curriculum.
And while you bring together theory and practice in all kinds of music, we keep a sharp eye on your future career as a versatile practitioner and music leader.Chris PriceProgramme Director, Music
The nature of your assessment depends on the module, but you will be assessed by a range of appropriate methods including essays, presentations (in which you demonstrate not only subject knowledge but communication skills and mastery of relevant presentation software), practical work (such as performances and recordings), composition work (recordings and/or scores), or other project-based work (perhaps taking the form of a website or podcast).
You will receive feedback on all your assessments; we aim to provide it within 15 working days of submission.
The BA Music course prepares you for a career as a performer, scholar, composer and a well-rounded creative musician. Graduates have, for example, frequently gone on to work as freelance performers, to pursue post-graduate study and gain teaching certification. For anyone planning on a career in primary or secondary education, for example, a BA in Music creates an ideal foundation by developing strong and transferable skills in group work, critical thinking, independent learning and a desire to share your enthusiasm with others.
My ambition to become a teacher was helped by the constant support of my lecturers.NatashaGraduate
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this course are:
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
Please read the 2021/22 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2021/22 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
The University enjoys a close relationship with the Canterbury Festival, one of the country’s leading Arts Festivals, which mounts a two-week series of multi-disciplinary arts events in late October – in time for our students to participate and enjoy. This brings benefits to you not only in the form of original and entertaining projects to watch, but in the proximity to the Festival’s organisation and personnel: these are people who know what the creative and performing arts industry is really like.
Other collaborations have included work with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Glyndebourne Opera, the city’s Marlowe Theatre, and Canterbury Cathedral. We’re hoping that several of these partnerships will come together in 2021 for a major Arts Council-funded project planned to create new compositions for voices and chorus and provide workshop and performance opportunities for our students and the wider community in collaboration with the Cathedral Choir.
The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.
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