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University of Huddersfield

Music Performance

UCAS Code: W3W3

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications

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

DDM

UCAS Tariff

120

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications in Music or Music Technology are preferred but not essential. Applicants without Level 3 Music qualifications will need to demonstrate prior Music or Music Technology experience. Practical and theory music grades will be accepted in the total points.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Music

Musicianship and performance studies

**If you are a classical, jazz, or popular musician who wants to focus particularly on Performance – as a soloist or in one of our many bands and ensembles – then this course is for you. It is designed for expert performers with a passion for performing and improvising across a variety of styles and contexts.**

Alongside performance, you’ll have opportunities to study composition and musicology. In your musicology modules you’ll be able to explore how music and performance have developed through history. You could choose to specialise in subjects like early music, popular music, experimental music, film music, world music, or opera and musical theatre.

- QS World University Subject Rankings 2019 (https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2019/performing-arts) ranked the University of Huddersfield 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'

- You’ll be taught by leading academics, a number of whom are also professional performers with active international careers as soloists and ensemble members

- You’ll have up to 20 hours of individual tuition per year on your main study, provided by our team of expert instrumental and vocal tutors

- You can opt to spend a year abroad studying performance or choose to take a year-long placement with an employer

- You will study in the purpose-built Richard Steinitz Building, a state-of-the-art creative hub with many practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, and professional-standard recording studios. You'll also have access to a large instrument collection and two purpose-built on-campus concert halls

- We have been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize (https://www.hud.ac.uk/about/our-awards/official-honours/) for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. This is one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education

Masterclasses and workshops are a regular feature of the course, given by distinguished visiting performers such as Emma Kirkby (soprano), euphonium player David Childs, pianist Martin Roscoe, Wissam Boustany (flute), drummers Mike Heaton (Embrace) and Craig Blundell (Roland), bassist Jah Wobble (PiL), guitarist Alex Hutchins (Michael Jackson), saxophonist Snake Davies (Take That) and trumpet player John Thirkell (Bruno Mars, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder).

Staff and students alike give frequent concerts, forming new ensembles, and exploring new and unfamiliar repertoire. We have numerous links with a range of ensembles, organisations and venues, including Opera North, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Arts Council, Yellow Arch Studios, and the Leadmill.

The University of Huddersfield are corporate members of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)(https://www.ism.org/), the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music.

Studying Music at Huddersfield provides numerous opportunities for you to develop the professional skills and connections that will help you succeed in the field as a graduate. Every aspect of our courses - performance, composition, musicology, education, and arts administration - includes significant opportunities to work alongside leading music professionals in workshops, masterclasses, rehearsals and in a working environment.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Solo Performance 1
Performance Skills 1
Introduction to Music Research

Plus choose one from a list which may include:
Introduction to Analysis
Theory and Analysis of Popular Music

Option modules:
Choose one from a list which may include:
Technology for Music
Desktop Music Production 1

Plus choose one from a list which may include:
Composition 1
Stylistic Composition
Songwriting 1

Year 2
Option modules:
Choose up to two from a list which may include:
Solo Performance 2
Solo Performance 2 (Major)
Performance Skills 2 (Major)
Performance Skills 2

Plus choose at least one from a list which may include:
Experimental Music Year 2
Music In Vienna 1770-1830 (Year 2)
Historical Performance (Year 2)
Singers and their Songs: Music, text and Performance Before 1600 1
Music On Stage: Opera and Musical Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda Year 2
Scoring the Silver Screen: the Musicology of Film and Television
Popular Music Studies
Explorations in World Musics (Year 2)
Empirical Musicologies 1: Data-Driven Approaches to Musical Study (Year 2)

Plus choose up to three from a list which may include:
Composition 2
Techniques of Music Analysis (Year 2)
Orchestration (Year 2)
Scoring and Arranging for Brass Band and Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Music in Educational Contexts

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Final year
Core modules:
Applied Music Research: Investigating Culture and Creativity
Work and Professional Practice in Music

Option modules:
Choose at least one from a list which may include:
Solo Performance 3 (Major)
Solo Performance 3 (Minor)
Performance Skills 3 (Major)
Performance Skills 3
Studies in Performance

Plus choose up to two from a list which may include:
Final Year Project
Music, Gender and Identity
Music On Stage: Opera and Musical Theatre from Orfeo to Matilda 2
Singers and their Songs: Music, text and Performance Before 1600 (Final Year)
Experimental Music (Final Year)
Music in the 21st Century
Explorations in World Musics (Final Year)
Music in Vienna 1770-1830 (Final Year)
Historical Performance (Final Year)

Assessment methods

Assessment of this course takes various forms including written and oral examinations, dissertations, essays, seminar papers, analyses, practical projects, composition folios, performance recitals, learning journals and peer assessment.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

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
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

For more information about our Music scholarships see our website - https://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/music-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Music and Drama

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.

81%
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Music
81%
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Musicianship and performance studies

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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

94%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

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Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music

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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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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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