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Music: Composition

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

UCAS Tariff

96

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Music composition

Find your compositional voice and write music that inspires.

Develop your ability to compose music and explore composition for films, games and soundscape installations. Our tutors, who are accomplished composers will teach and inspire you. Become part of a vibrant musical network and hear professional ensembles perform the work your create.

The study of music should not be about one genre. It should be eclectic and embrace every musician, every style, background and culture. When you study music composition with us you do not just learn about classical, jazz and rock. You also learn about music from around the world and create music within unexpected genres.

Our course gives you the practical skills you need as a composer. You will learn by creating music and as you do so, you will refine your abilities in working with:

Music notation
Text scores
Lead sheets.
You will be able to work with student performers and ensembles as they interpret your pieces and bring them to life. This will give you valuable experience in composing for larger groups of musicians like bands, orchestras and choirs. Over your time with us you will build a portfolio of scores, recordings and a professional online presence.

We will challenge you to realise your creative potential. To explore your self expression and develop an understanding of music's place in society. You will collaborate with experienced musicians, community members, artists and arts organisations to develop your professional network.

Alongside your practical learning, you will also explore the theoretical aspects of music. Working alongside your classmates, postgraduate students and your lecturers, you will research and evaluate compositional concepts and processes.

Our enthusiastic and supportive team of experienced music tutors include performers, composers, teachers and community musicians. Their musical interests include everything from jazz and metal to choral music and brass bands.

Modules

Students on this programme will naturally take the composition options but will also be active in performing in ensembles. Alongside experience of Improvisation and Film Music, you may also explore aspects of community and education in the second year. There are many opportunities for hearing your compositions performed by fellow students as well as by visiting professional ensembles. Modules may include: Level 1: Vox; Drumming; Music Skills; Perspectives on Music. Level 2: Ensemble Performance; Improvisation; Composition; Solo Performance; Film Music; Music in Education & Lifelong Learning; Community Music; Experiments in Music; Sounds New. Approaching the Contemporary. Level 3: Enterprise & Employability in Music; Advanced Solo Performance; Advanced Composition; Community & Wellbeing; Ensembles & Leadership; Collaborative Project; Dissertation.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

York St John University

Department:

Humanities

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.

83%
med
Music composition

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Music

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

68%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


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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.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
27%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
24%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
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

£17k

£17k

£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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