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BA (Hons) Music, Marketing and Administration

Aspiring performers and composers can choose to complement their chosen degree specialism with a study of the Music Industry, its organisations and legal frameworks, learn event management skills, business planning skills, and receive an introduction to music marketing and fundraising.

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Saara Sofia Paakko
The atmosphere at the university is lovely due to the small size of the institution, and I love being around like-minded people.

Course content

Our courses are focused on practical work, with specialist routes available in: performance; composition and improvisation; musical theatre; instrumental or vocal teaching; music business and community music.

There is an extensive programme of professional concerts and masterclasses on campus, free to students, as well as the chance to experience similar events at major UK conservatoires – places where many of our students go on to study as postgraduates.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue. The Music department have access to several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

The areas our graduates have progressed into include:

  • Film, television and radio
  • Teaching at all levels of education
  • Work in various community ventures
  • Music therapy
  • Musical theatre
  • Music administration
  • Music leaders
  • Opera singers
  • Group instrumentalists
  • Composers
  • Instrumental or vocal peripatetic teachers

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

Indicative modules

Some of the typical modules you can expect to study include:

  • Music Now
  • World Music
  • Introduction To Popular Music
  • Style & Genre
  • Popular Music In The Community
  • An Introduction To Improvisation And Composition
  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing About Music
  • Aural Perception & Listening Skills 1
  • Classicism
  • Modern Jazz: Seven Steps To Heaven
  • The Baroque
  • Reading Popular Music
  • Arranging For Instrumental Ensembles
  • Arranging For Vocal Ensembles
  • Music And The Community 1: Music And The Mind
  • Music And Society
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Personal Study (Music)
  • Post Modern Jazz
  • Music And The Community 2: Outreach
  • Romanticism
  • Structures And Politics Of Rock Music
  • Modernism
  • Advanced Improvisation And Applied Composition
  • Arranging For Orchestra
  • Composing For Film And Multimedia
  • Expressing Music Through Movement & Gesture
  • Musical Event

As you progress through your degree programme, you’ll need to enhance and build on your skills as a musician, as a performer and as a scholar. In making your module choices, you‘re able to draw on study skills modules that you feel are relevant to your personal developmental needs. Some of the study skills modules you might take are:

  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing about Music
  • Listening Skills 1
  • Music and Society

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of more than 40 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions. Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

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Codes

UCAS code: 
W3N5
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 years (4 years with work placement)
Full Time