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Music

Entry requirements


A level

B,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 5 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 and with a recognised performance qualification.

B1 in 3 subjects & B2 in 2 subjects (to include Music)

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

DDM

in BTEC Music only

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

to include Music

UCAS Tariff

120

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

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time including placement abroad | 2022

Subject

Music

This degree provides an exciting, global and interdisciplinary approach to the study of music, blending theory, practice and performance.

City’s wide range of ensembles - including classical, contemporary, jazz and world music - conduct regular concerts and a summer festival, providing you with opportunities to perform and discover world-class musicians.

- Learn in a highly energised department, with internationally recognised staff who share your devotion to music

- Study with leading music professionals and performers, many of whom also teach at the leading London conservatoires

- Enjoy 20 hours of 1-2-1 solo instrumental/vocal tuition each year

- Train in facilities that include advanced recording and composition studios, and performance and practice spaces

- Prepare for a range of music-related careers through optional modules in sound recording, music business, music education and more

- Gain exciting new perspectives on music and its relationships with culture, technology and society through a close study of classical, popular and world music

- Follow in the footsteps of students who have undertaken a placement year with Les Miserables, London Philharmonic, and other organisations.

Modules

Year 1 will give you a firm foundation in music with a core curriculum that includes solo and ensemble performance, Western classical, popular and world music, musicianship, critical listening, tonal harmony, composition and music technology.

Core modules include:
- Music in Culture 1: Western Art Music
- Music in Culture 2: Social, Historical and Geographical Contexts
- Critical Listening
- Materials of Tonal Music
- Composition 1
- Performance 1
- Practical Musicianship 1
- Developing Creative and Professional Narratives
- Modern European History

In year 2 you will Develop your knowledge of musical analysis and take part in ensemble performances. Choose from a range of elective modules in musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, performance, composition and applied music studies.

Core modules include:
- Analysing Music
- Practical Musicianship 2
- Global Perspectives: London’s Musical Communities
- Elective modules include:
- Work Placement
- Performance 2
- Performance 2A
- Composition: Studio
- Composition: Instrumental and Vocal
- Composition: Moving Images
- Web Design and Digital Storytelling
- Fifty Shades of Red. Russia in the Twentieth Century
- The American Century
- Creative Writing Workshop
- Orchestral and Instrumental Studies
- Sound, Music and the Moving Image
- Performance Practice
- Nineteenth-Century Opera
- Global Popular Musics
- Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process
- Electronic Dance Music
- Rhythm
- Sound, Art and Technoculture
- Lieder
- Principles of Music Education

In year 3 you will undertake a major project to showcase your skills and expertise. Pursue your personal musical interests with further elective modules selected from our incredibly diverse list.

Core modules include:
- Major Project: Dissertation
- Major Project: Composition
- Major Project: Performance 3

Elective modules include:
- Composition: Studio
- Composition: Instrumental and Vocal
- Composition: Moving Images
- Global Perspectives: London’s Musical Communities
- Performance 3A
- Place and Space
- Fifty Shades of Red. Russia in the Twentieth Century
- The American Century
- Creative Writing Workshop
- Disruptive Divas, Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
- Orchestral and Instrumental Studies
- Sound, Music and the Moving Image
- Performance Practice
- Nineteenth-Century Opera
- Global Popular Musics
- Interdisciplinarity and Collaborative Process
- Electronic Dance Music
- Rhythm
- Sound, Art and Technoculture
- Lieder
- Principles of Music Education

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.

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year 3 is 60%

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,460
per year
International
£15,460
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

City, University of London

City, University of London

Department:

Department of Music

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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.

58%
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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

74%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
19%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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
57%
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

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

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

£14k

£14k

£29k

£29k

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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