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Goldsmiths, University of London

Popular Music

UCAS Code: W340

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

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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Music

This ground-breaking degree embraces popular music in its many forms from the mainstream to the underground and puts exploration and experimentation in creative practice at the heart of the degree.

Collaboration with Matthew Herbert's Accidental Records has enabled us to create NX Records, an independent record label based at Goldsmiths, giving us the potential to promote Goldsmiths students' work on an international stage.

**Why study BMus Popular Music at Goldsmiths?**
This programme will allow you to acquire and develop a variety of skills, both individually and collaboratively, including musicianship and ensemble playing, songwriting, production and recording (at Goldsmiths Music Studios), composition and making music for film, and alternative sites for music.

**London and Performance**
You'll be within easy reach of South East London's many venues, as well as those across the capital, which provide a connection to music, art, dance, and theatre with an international focus, but also to local promoters, labels and the London-based music industry.

You'll also have the opportunity to perform at student-run showcases, in department ensembles, and at PureGold, our annual music festival that celebrates music created and performed at Goldsmiths.

**Employment and Industry Links**
The Goldsmiths Music department has strong links with the music industry, employing professional musicians, producers, and artists as lecturers. We also present frequent, high-profile speakers from the music industry at our talks and events. Recently, these have included Dave Okumu, Nigel Godrich, Darkstar, Mica Levi, Matana Roberts, and Arts Council Music Relationship Managers.

Beyond music, 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 and creatively to new ideas. These ideas are written into the DNA of the degree, which will help you develop these skills. Graduates from this programme include Rosie Lowe, Another Sky, La Lief (Oram Award winner, 2018), James Blake, Katy B, and Ross from Friends, among others.

Please note the BMus Popular Music only accepts applications for first year entry and does not accept applications for deferred entry.

Modules

Year 1 (credit level 4)
In your first year you study a range of areas including creative and practical music studies, textual and contextual analysis of popular music, and an introduction to music technology.

All modules are compulsory at this level as we feel it is essential that all our students develop the necessary key skills and knowledge base before further specialisation.

The modules are:
Folk and Urban Musics
Popular Music Contexts
Practical Popular Music Studies
Approaches to Contemporary Music
Creative Music Technology
Popular Music History

Year 2 (credit level 5)
In term one you will choose from the following Group A choices:
Musicians, Commerce and Commodification
Music and Identity
Music in Film
And these Group B options:
Sonic Art Techniques
Performance: Ensemble
Songwriting
Techniques in Jazz and Popular Music

In the second term you will choose from the following Group A option:
Music of Africa and Asia
What is Jazz?
Mapping 20th-Century Music
And these Group B choices:
Popular Music Production
Sonic Art Practice
Media Composition
Performance: New Contexts
Arranging in Jazz and Popular Music

A maximum of 30 credits can be in Related Study (modules offered by other departments).

Year 3 (credit level 6)
You select modules to the value of 120 (credits) across the year.

Across terms one, two and three you choose a maximum of 60 credits from the following Group C options:
Creative Research Project
Creative Performance
Research Essay

You choose the remainder from these Group D options. In term one:
Minimalism and Postminimalism 15 credits
Phonography 15 credits
Performing South-East Asian Music 15 credits
Outsider Sound and Fringe Aesthetics 15 credits
Creative Orchestration and Arrangement 15 credits
Music/Modernities 15 credits
DIY Practice and Alternative Sites for Music 15 credits
Music Teaching Skills 15 credits
Music in Educational, Community and Therapeutic Contexts 15 Credits

In the second term you will choose from the following options:
Live Electronics
Music Workshop Skills
Narrative, Representation and Popular Song
Improvisation
Psychological Approaches to Music
Advanced Topics in Music and Screen Media

A maximum of 30 credits can be in Related Study (modules offered by other departments).

Individual vocal and instrumental tuition
Our location in London means that we are able to attract visiting instrumental and vocal teachers of the highest quality, with many of our staff also teaching at the major music conservatoires. We provide a generous allocation of tuition time. Our performance modules are supplemented with ensemble classes and workshops/masterclasses given by top professional musicians.

First-year BMus Popular Music students are currently entitled to 12 hours of one-to-one tuition per year. Tuition is available to BMus Popular Music students taking performance options in years two and three. The Popular Music programme currently includes up to 12 hours of one-to-one tuition in both years, with regular workshops and masterclasses.

If you do not opt for performance modules you are not automatically entitled to individual lessons, but we can help make private arrangements with our visiting staff, at preferential rates.

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

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.

76%
med
Music

How do students rate their degree experience?

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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?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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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.

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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
39%
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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

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

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

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