Why study Music?
The varied nature of the course enables students to develop desirable skills in areas such as self-management, creativity, analysis, performance, teamwork, problem solving, and communication, all of which makes them an attractive prospect for potential employers. Rather than limiting your career prospects, a music degree opens doors to a wide range of careers both within and outside the arts.
The course offers a varied balance between performing (35%), composing (25%) and listening and analysis (40%).
Listening and Analysis
- Unfamiliar listening for:
- Baroque concertos
- Mozart opera
- 19th Century piano music
- Music for Theatre
- Analysis and contextual understanding of set works
- Baroque concertos (3 full works)
- 19th Century piano music (3 x 2 PIECES)
- Jazz (5 named artists)
- Music for Theatre (5 named composers)
- Theory (Grade 6 equivalent) - Harmonising, Modulations, Counterpoint, Melody, Development Techniques etc.
- Instrumental or Vocal
- Solo and/or ensemble
- Minimum 10 minutes
- Audio Recorded and submitted for external assessment
- Approx. Grade 5-8 standard required
- Composition 1 (Brief – choice of 7, always one chorale)
- Composition 2 (Free)
- 4.5 minutes combined, no maximum
Programme notes of 100 words (intentions, audience/occasion)
How you are assessed:
- 1 written exam (2.5 hrs) – 40%
- 10 minutes of performance, recorded at end of second year and externally assessed – 35%
- 2 compositions, minimum 4.5 minutes, externally assessed – 25%
Studying this subject could lead to a career in:
Music technology/recording technician
Most careers in the creative sector
At least a grade 6 at GCSE and/or ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory. If students do not have ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory at the start of the course, they will be expected to complete it (with support from the Music Department) as soon as possible.
Useful web links:
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