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Coventry University


UCAS Code: W247

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


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


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Full-time | 2020

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4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020



Our course recognises that a musician’s career can evolve over time and involve being a professional performing musician, recording artist, session musician, composer, classroom or instrumental teacher – sometimes all at once.

Whether you are looking to compose music for film or games, develop your production skills or perform on stage, we aim to enable you to develop you as a rounded musician, capable of both composing and performing in a range of ‘real-world’ contexts. You can also develop a wide range of transferrable skills in management, entrepreneurial techniques, critical analysis, presentation, writing and enhanced musical expertise.

You will be taught how to manage, organise and technically realise music projects and be encouraged to enter the local music scene with multiple opportunities to perform in the region’s venues. Music student ensembles have taken part in the Godiva Festival, Coventry Jazz Festival, Coventry Peace and Reconciliation Festival and performed their final projects at central Coventry music venues, such as The Albany and Belgrade Theatres.

We enjoy local reputation for providing quality live music for all types of venues or genre-based musical events. We regularly hold concerts open to the public – the renowned Coventry University lunchtime concert series has featured internationally renowned musicians like finger-style guitarist Thomas Leeb, pianist Angela Brownridge and funk band Resolution 88.

You also have the chance to deepen your musical understanding within other cultures by taking up the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. Recent students have found studying in Cyprus, Finland, Spain and Canada to be a life changing experience.

Based in a converted Odeon cinema in the heart of the city centre campus, staff are themselves acclaimed musicians and composers; awards include the International Contemporary Music contest Cittàdi Udine and the BASCA Sonic Art Category. The team includes a high number of research active teaching staff with international profiles in performance, education, musicology, composition and music technology. You will be invited to attend the annual symposium of the INTIME the experimental music research group, which has featured keynote speakers, such as American electronic music hacker Professor Nic Collins and composer/pianist Michael Finnissy.

**Key Course Benefits**

- Provides a broad academic and musical skill-base suitable to pursue further training for primary and secondary school teaching.

- Strong relationship with the United Reform Church and Coventry Cathedral, whose Choirmaster has conducted and rehearsed the University Choir.

- Performance spaces on-site include a large room with two grand pianos, suitable for small recitals, and The Hub’s Square One, a large performance space kitted out with PA, amps, drums and a grand piano.

- Perform in the city's live music venues, which previously has included: Studio 54, The Herbert Art Gallery, The Casbah, The Phoenix, The Cross, Drapers (formerly Browns), The Cottage, Taylor John's, Tin Angel, The Cathedral, The Litten Tree, EGO and Nexus.

- Opportunities to apply to work on collaborative projects with performing arts students and undertake work placements in local primary and secondary schools, University Hospital Coventry, the Performing Arts Service, a number of theatre groups, arts organisations and Visionary Records.

- Visiting master classes which have included: University singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert; composers Nick Ryan, Derek Nesbitt, Kit Turnbull and Juwon Ogungbe; sonic artist Trevor Wishart; classical guitarist Sam Cave; composer and multi-instrumentalist Frank Moon; cellists Madeleine Shapiro and Ben Swartz (cello); and ensembles including, Kurbis Trio, Manchester Camerata, Serenata Wind Quintet and Armonico Consort.


Your main study themes are:

- **Musicianship skills:** We aim to enable you to develop further your musicianship skills through a collaborative process which will involve all aspects of music-making. It will be practice-based through both solo and ensemble work, which will include the University choir or other University-sponsored ensembles. You will investigate the dynamics of compositional and performance procedures, the effective use of technology, as well as a health and safety. You can cultivate your aural awareness of elements of music, your rhythmic skills and a basic relationship to the keyboard. You will receive one-to-one lessons on your principal instrument or on voice.

- **Music theory:** We aim to support an increase in your knowledge of the theoretical building blocks of music, building on your knowledge of music theory acquired through Grade 5 (or equivalent) level of study. We will examine and exercise a range of basic theoretical frameworks within such fields as classical, contemporary, and jazz, making available to you a broader range of structural elements applicable in your professional work. Topics covered include: keys, scales, intervals, chords, harmonic analysis, musical terminology, and music notation practices, and musical stylistics.

- **Perspectives on music:** You will have the chance to learn to situate various pieces of music and types of music-making in their wider cultural, political and historical contexts. You will study music from a broad span of styles and periods up to and including the 21st century and will explore the music from both a structural and contextual perspective. Styles include: popular music, classical and the avant-garde.

- **Studio recording:** You can gain a practical insight into recording, mixing and producing music in the contemporary recording studio, whether as a composer or performer. You will explore practically the use of industry-recognised programs such as Pro Tools. The course is underpinned by an introduction into music technology theory and the nature of sound; the course is supported by documentation that investigates aspects of the practice.

- **Music education:** You will be introduced to the practice and theory of music education. You will have the opportunity to learn about core educational concepts and principles, as well as different methods and approaches to music education, such as, understanding musical development, composing for education. There will be opportunities to develop your teaching skills, compose for educational scenarios and study current debates and trends in music education practice and research.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

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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.

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