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City, University of London

Music

UCAS Code: W300

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

including A Level Music and at least a good Grade 7 performance qualification (or equivalent). An audition can be arranged in lieu of a performance qualification. We accept Grade 8 Theory in lieu of ‘A’ Level Music, subject to candidates achieving the requisite ABB (or equivalent) in other subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

Access to HE Music Diploma only

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

with 5 in Higher Level Music, 5 in two other Higher Level subjects and with a recognised performance qualification.

A1 in 3 subjects & A2 in 2 subjects (to include Music)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

in BTEC Music only

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

to include Music

UCAS Tariff

128

including A Level Music and a good Grade 7 performance qualification or equivalent

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music

The Music BMus (Hons) degree at City will suit anyone interested in developing their knowledge and passion for music. The course enables you to immerse yourself in a subject you love, providing the opportunity to learn and create in a highly energised and supportive department with internationally recognised staff who share your devotion to music.

The course will appeal to students who want to actively perform and make music. City offers a wide range of ensembles, including classical, contemporary, jazz and world music, regular concerts and a summer festival – all giving you the opportunity to perform and discover world-class musicians.

As part of the overall tuition, we offer a competitive 20 hours per year of solo instrumental/vocal tuition. For composers there are many opportunities to have their works performed by leading professional ensembles. Plus, we offer seven performance scholarships worth £2,000.

Whatever your future ambitions, this degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers and postgraduate study options in music, including composition and performance. To help you prepare for a rewarding career, you have the option to take a sandwich year on a work placement or study at one of our partner institutions abroad. You will also gain highly transferable writing, presentation and IT skills, equipping you for a variety of graduate-level careers.

During your BMus (Hons) Music degree at City, you will take an exciting, global and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Music, blending theory and practice. The course combines excellent graduate prospects, exceptional academics and outstanding facilities within a supportive musical community in a central London location, enabling you to immerse yourself in every aspect of music whilst gaining an exciting new perspectives on music and its relationships with culture, technology and society through a close study of classical, popular and world music.On the course you will develop a broad framework of knowledge and experience that is essential for today's musicians. You will also learn with highly accomplished professionals active in or around London, many of them also teaching at the leading conservatoires in the city.

We offer a wide choice of modules, so you can focus your studies on the areas that interest you most. Students pursuing solo performance receive instrumental or vocal tuition at City from leading professional performers.

The value of a music degree and the wide range of employability skills that music students develop is widely recognised by employers, and this is evidenced by our outstanding employment statistics: 100% of our graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

Modules

During the first year, all students study a core curriculum which includes solo and ensemble performance, Western classical, popular and world music, musicianship, critical listening, tonal harmony, composition and music technology. In years two and three, students choose from a range of elective modules in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, performance, composition and applied music studies, delivered by acknowledged specialists in their fields. Performers continue to receive specialist individual tuition subject to satisfactory progress.

Assessment methods

Throughout the three years of the music degree, assessment is by a combination of project-based or practical and creative work, and examinations or coursework. You will receive a considerable amount of tuition in small groups and individually to maximise contact and enable you to tailor your work to your personal interests.

Marks obtained in your second and third years will contribute to your final degree award.

Coursework and examinations are typically worth 30% of the overall module mark, and the end-of-module project worth 70%, although this varies across modules. Composition and creative practice modules are assessed by portfolio, and performance modules are assessed by final recital and interim components.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination (including recitals, ensemble performance and oral presentations) and assessment by coursework, extended project work, portfolio and dissertation will depend on the optional modules you choose.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Music

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

68%
UK students
32%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
29%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

100%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Teaching and educational professionals
16%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Childcare and related personal services

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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