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Music

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

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

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Music

This degree reflects the diversity and excitement of music in the twenty-first century, taking in everything from classical music to contemporary jazz and electronic practices, and gives you the opportunity to mix performance, composition and research.

**Why study BMus Music at Goldsmiths?**
- In the first year you’ll explore different musical styles and approaches to study - through a range of compulsory practical and critical modules

- Later, you'll be able to choose from our wide range of jazz, sonic art, popular and fringe music modules as well as our practical, skills-based workshop and teaching modules

- You’ll have lots of opportunities to perform, including in professional and student-led ensembles and groups such as Gamelan Ensemble, Sinfonia and Creative Jazz Ensemble, and at our annual music festival PureGold, which celebrates the music created and performed at Goldsmiths.

- We're within easy reach of central London’s many venues, concert halls, opera houses and research libraries, providing a great international focus

- You’ll be very well set-up for the world of work. Employers look for initiative-driven graduates who think critically about their actions, work well with others and adapt quickly to new ideas. This degree will help you develop these skills.

- We attract instrumental and vocal teachers of the highest quality, with many of our staff also teaching at the major music conservatoires. Our performance modules are supplemented with ensemble classes and masterclasses given by top professional musicians. First-year BMus Music students are currently entitled to 12 hours of one-to-one tuition per year.

Modules

Year 1 (credit level 4) All BMus Music students take the following modules:
Critical Approaches to Contemporary Music
Composition
Creative Music Technology
Western Art Music: 900-1900
Performance: Techniques and Repertoire

Year 2 (credit level 5)
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of the following modules may be available every year.

You select modules to the value of 120 credits across the year, containing at least two from List A:
List A
Mapping 20th-Century Music
Music of Africa and Asia
Romanticism and its Legacy
What is Jazz?
Music in Film
Celebrity, the Black Atlantic, and 18th-Century British Music
Musicians, Commerce and Commodification
Russian Music in Context: Glinka to Stravinsky
List B
Performance: Styles and Contexts
Making Experimental Sound
Techniques in Jazz and Popular Music
Techniques of Contemporary Composition
Composition: Creative Strategies
Sonic Arts Practice
Media Composition
Arranging in Jazz and Popular Music
Music and Identity

Year 3 (credit level 6)
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of the following modules may be available every year.

You select modules to the value of 120 credits across the year, containing one or two from List C and the remainder from List D:
List C
Research Essay
Creative Research Project
Composition portfolio

List D
Minimalism and Postminimalism
Soviet Music and Politics
Phonography
Performing South-East Asian Music
Creative Orchestration and Arrangement
Music Teaching Skills
Introduction to Audiovisual Composition
Fringe and Underground Musics
Music/Modernities
Live Electronics
Improvisation
Musical Structure and Understanding
Music Workshop Skills
Advanced Topics in Music and Screen Media
Psychological Approaches to Music
Music in Educational, Community and Therapeutic Contexts

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work, solo recitals, improvisation and group performances.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

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.

76%
med
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

81%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
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?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
39%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Teaching and educational professionals
17%
Other elementary services occupations

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

£21k

£21k

£22k

£22k

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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