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Do you have a passion for music? Do you want to develop your performing skills alongside music history in a degree that offers a focus on employability?

Music at Northumbria University offers performance modules centred on a generous provision of individual instrumental/vocal tuition, an intellectually stimulating study of music history and modules in instrumental/vocal teaching, whilst providing you with the essential skills you will need to succeed in the music profession.

The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the richness of music making in the past and the present. You will hone your performance skills to a high level, and follow a distinctive programme that prepares you for a wide range of careers and for freelance work where you may combine performing with teaching and arts administration. You will develop skills – in music theory, techniques of composition and on the keyboard – which you need to succeed as a creative musician in the twenty-first century.

Our approach to performance, history and employability is holistic. You will learn how music is made, how it is consumed, and how it relates to cultural change: studying music from the middle ages to the present day. These historical themes will shape you as a performer who understands audience engagement with music in the past, the present and the future. Our performance and history modules will connect you to the wider city and community, through partnerships with cultural organisations, such as the Newcastle Lit and Phil Library and Newcastle Cathedral.

The degree has been designed alongside a Foundation Year in Music, which offers an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed for degree-level work.

What makes our degree distinctive is the way in which your real-life work as a musician is prepared through a specially tailored programme in which, in addition to your performing and musicological studies, you will learn how to teach your instrument and how to manage in your career as a musician.

Music Taster Day
17th July 10am - 14:15pm

Want to know what it might be like to study music at university?

The free taster day led by our music lecturers will give you an introduction into a range of subjects and skills, and how these can lead you into a music-related career. It is for anyone with a passion for music: A-level, GCSE, those learning an instrument.

Workshops will include:

  • PAGE TO PERFOMANCE. A hands-on workshop with musical sources from medieval to modern times investigating changing ways of notating music and how this influences performance.
  • IMPROVISATION. Learn to express yourself through improvising your own music in various styles, taking inspiration from music you are learning.
  • BEING A 21ST-CENTURY MUSICIAN. Explore some of the skills needed to be a successful musician and get hands-on with developing your first marketing campaign.

To register email: rebecca.heaton@northumbria.ac.uk


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Do you have a passion for music? Do you want to develop your performing skills alongside music history in a degree that offers a focus on employability?

Music at Northumbria University offers performance modules centred on a generous provision of individual instrumental/vocal tuition, an intellectually stimulating study of music history and modules in instrumental/vocal teaching, whilst providing you with the essential skills you will need to succeed in the music profession.

The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the richness of music making in the past and the present. You will hone your performance skills to a high level, and follow a distinctive programme that prepares you for a wide range of careers and for freelance work where you may combine performing with teaching and arts administration. You will develop skills – in music theory, techniques of composition and on the keyboard – which you need to succeed as a creative musician in the twenty-first century.

Our approach to performance, history and employability is holistic. You will learn how music is made, how it is consumed, and how it relates to cultural change: studying music from the middle ages to the present day. These historical themes will shape you as a performer who understands audience engagement with music in the past, the present and the future. Our performance and history modules will connect you to the wider city and community, through partnerships with cultural organisations, such as the Newcastle Lit and Phil Library and Newcastle Cathedral.

The degree has been designed alongside a Foundation Year in Music, which offers an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed for degree-level work.

What makes our degree distinctive is the way in which your real-life work as a musician is prepared through a specially tailored programme in which, in addition to your performing and musicological studies, you will learn how to teach your instrument and how to manage in your career as a musician.

Music Taster Day
17th July 10am - 14:15pm

Want to know what it might be like to study music at university?

The free taster day led by our music lecturers will give you an introduction into a range of subjects and skills, and how these can lead you into a music-related career. It is for anyone with a passion for music: A-level, GCSE, those learning an instrument.

Workshops will include:

  • PAGE TO PERFOMANCE. A hands-on workshop with musical sources from medieval to modern times investigating changing ways of notating music and how this influences performance.
  • IMPROVISATION. Learn to express yourself through improvising your own music in various styles, taking inspiration from music you are learning.
  • BEING A 21ST-CENTURY MUSICIAN. Explore some of the skills needed to be a successful musician and get hands-on with developing your first marketing campaign.

To register email: rebecca.heaton@northumbria.ac.uk


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Course Information

UCAS Code
W320

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Humanities

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Humanities

Our Department of Humanities includes the subject areas of History, English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing, American Studies and Music.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music. Speak to staff from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

In performance, one-to-one teaching on your instrument or voice is complemented by seminars which cover areas such as practising, performance anxiety and interpretation, as well as providing a forum in which you can perform to your peers. There are opportunities to perform both on campus and further afield, to attend concerts and open rehearsals, and to participate in masterclasses.

There is a practical dimension to studying music history at Northumbria, which introduces you to how to research music. You will find yourself off-campus, visiting libraries, archives and other institutions where you will engage with original source materials. More traditional teaching methods still have their place: lectures provide you with information and prompts for further reading; seminars may be based around group discussion of musical texts or broader questions, and are often led by students.

The course allows you to develop the practical skills required for a portfolio career, and includes modules in instrumental teaching, personal enterprise and business. Our course embeds these skills from the outset, which will prepare you for a future professional career in music. You will be encouraged to identify the skills required in both musical and non-musical careers.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music. Speak to staff from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our staff are internationally renowned specialists in their fields and, having previously held positions in various universities across the UK, they are highly experienced in undergraduate teaching. With their areas of expertise ranging from 16th-century music and performance practice to the history of instruments and American popular music, you will benefit from learning from outstanding scholars. You will also engage with external professionals working in various areas of music and the arts who will give lectures, recitals and masterclasses to enhance your performing and professional skills. You will receive tuition from one of our highly accomplished and experienced instrumental and vocal specialists.

A personal tutor will be assigned to you during induction week who will help you manage the transition to university smoothly and successfully. They will continue to provide support for both your personal and academic development throughout the course of the degree programme.

The programme leader and module tutors also play active roles in guiding you through your degree with specific time allocated to students to allow for private feedback and consultation, giving you a great deal of individual attention.

Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject.

Book an Open Day / Music BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music. Speak to staff from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your learning environment will be both colourful and dynamic. You will study within an interdisciplinary Humanities environment, which itself is part of a faculty containing performing arts.

There are specialist, dedicated music spaces for teaching and learning, including soundproofed facilities to allow you to practise, alongside a range of instruments available to support your performance skills. Other teaching spaces are shared with performing arts students. Concerts take place on campus in the Great Hall, which is ideal for smaller scale performances, and elsewhere in the City, making good use of our partnerships with various organisations. For example, concerts often take place in Newcastle Cathedral, a venue well suited to larger-scale performances involving orchestras, bands and choirs. You will have access to software such as Sibelius on computers equipped with midi keyboards, as well as use of computer suites across campus for the completion of written work.

The University library, including books, reference works and a range of digital resources, will be available to you throughout the entirety of your study. You will benefit from our state-of-the-art electronic reading lists, which allow you to access resources for each module directly, and our electronic learning platform, Blackboard, will help you make the most of your independent study time.

Facilities / Music

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University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music. Speak to staff from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

All music staff at Northumbria are engaged with producing research in their respective fields at an international level, and the team contains active professional performers. Their research is embedded into the degree at every level, which greatly enriches the study of music. As a student, you will be taught by everyone in the team right from the start of your degree. You will have opportunities to develop an understanding of how to research music through visits to libraries, archives and other institutions containing original source materials. This brings music history to life, and provides an opportunity for you to discover music that you can develop through your own performances.

Throughout the duration of this course, you will experience research- and practice-informed teaching, which is both contemporary and innovative and will allow you to develop your musical skills and academic knowledge.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music. Speak to staff from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our aim is to produce graduates who are creative thinkers, with the ability to apply their in-depth knowledge of music in a professional setting. At Northumbria, our partnerships with cultural organisations, such as the Newcastle Cathedral and Newcastle Lit & Phil, will expose you to real working and performance environments. Your engagement with teaching opportunities, and your growing understanding of the music industry, will shape you into a musician ready for a freelance portfolio career and to set yourself up in business.

You will be able to gain experience valuable to the world of arts administration, and there is an additional option to take a year of work experience, or study abroad, in the middle of your degree.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music. Speak to staff from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Embedded throughout the degree are modules that will prepare you for the world of work. All musicians will at some point teach their instrument, which is why we provide modules that prepare you for music teaching.  Today’s musicians are generally self-employed, undertaking a range of different kinds of work. The modules offered on this course will prepare you with the skills necessary for managing your career as a musician. You will develop a historical understanding of music past and present, and skills in theory, techniques of composition and keyboard playing, which you will need to succeed as a creative musician in the twenty-first century.

When you graduate, you will be in an ideal position to go on to postgraduate study. The teaching components of the degree provide an excellent preparation for a PGCE in primary or secondary classroom teaching, and the final-year business option equips you for a Master’s degree in Cultural and Creative Industries Management at Northumbria. Performers will be in a position to audition for postgraduate study at music conservatoires around the country, and other students will be able to continue their musicological studies at Master’s level.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music. Speak to staff from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one The first year of Northumbria's Music course gives you a base knowledge in both the history of music and how it's evolved but also the current skills needed to be a 21st-century musician. Receiving one-to-one tutoring will also progress your personal ability in either instrument or vocals.

Year 2

Year two The core modules of year 2 dives deeper into the history of music, debating on narrative and gives students opportunities to develop their research skills. The optional modules vary from teaching and tutoring students in music.) to performances and recitals, instructing students on how to construct a recital.

Year 3

Year three Optional work placement or study abroad year.

Year 4

Year four Year four looks closer to home and studies music within the British isles as well as popular music shown on film and television. One-to-one tutoring continues with further support with organising and executing recitals to a high standard. Optional modules also include a closer look at specific points in music history.

Who would this Course suit?

The course is suitable for those who wish to develop their musical performance abilities, alongside enhancing their knowledge of musical history. 

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

Performing at grade 7 level or above in Music Performance, or a recognised equivalent.

GCSE Requirements:

Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements: 

Applicants may be required to submit a video recording demonstrating their performance ability.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications 

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


Scholarships and Discounts

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

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