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BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance

Our music department is one of the largest and liveliest in the UK. We focus on music as an applied art, one that engages with the musical world in all its diversity and excitement.

The four year BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance is a specialist training for singers, with extensive one-to-one vocal tuition, training in accompaniment skills, and including French, Italian and German language classes for classical specialists, and ensemble skills for jazz and rock singers.

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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

You’ll be trained in the art of performance itself, study performance anxiety, the use of gesture in performance, concert and event hosting, and can choose to study Alexander Technique, Yoga, dance and acting alongside a wide choice of contextual modules. Our ensembles are involved in a lot of performance work along with a rich programme of concerts, recitals and master classes by visiting artists.

Some of the performance modules you might take include:

Performance Development modules

The first year of study is intended to put in place the basic performance and communication skills on which your subsequent achievement and technical and expressive development will depend. In the first year you will assess your current repertoire and begin an exploration of new work under the direction of your individual vocal or instrumental specialist teacher.

Subsequent years of study develop an exploration of musical style in practical work and encourages a willingness to approach new and more ambitious repertoires. A more sophisticated relationship to presenting performance and to preparing for audition is encouraged as you progress through your degree.

Performance Anxiety

This module examines theories in the study of performance anxiety and helps you to develop skills in analysing contexts where anxiety can affect performance. The module also offers an opportunity in allowing you to reflect upon how performance anxiety may affect your own performance and research ways of handling these issues.

Movement and Gesture

The musician expects to be a performer for much of the time, but rarely attributes to the success of a musical performance the extramusical attributes of physical confidence, expressive body language and communicative movement. This course is intended as a complement for Performance Development, allowing you to develop skills in the physical projection of musical expression which will prove invaluable in supporting your performance practice.

The ideas and concepts, and the inherited behavioural codes which lie behind our instinctive interpretation of movement and gesture are important too, and the course aims to couple the acquisition of practical skills with an understanding of their social origins.

Musical Event

Performers work in a myriad of identified disciplines and genres, often producing a strongly defined self-image at an early stage in their acquisition of skills. This course is intended to engage you in the production and development of a major and a-typical musical event, including the option of multidisciplinary and cross-arts collaborations, and to lead to the questioning and testing of this self-image. The course is intended as a development of Movement and Gesture, and as with that module, examining ideas and concepts behind the art-work, and the inherited behavioural codes which inform its reception by the viewer/listener, will be important aims for participants.

Ensemble Experience

For students who have chosen to focus on performance, the ensemble modules are intended to develop an exploration of musical style in practical work and to encourage a willingness to approach chamber music and other relevant ensemble styles. A more team based relationship to presenting and preparing performance is encouraged and you will undertake this work under the direction of a specialist ensemble coach. In your final year of study you will work towards more polished and professional standards in group performance and presentation. This module aims to consolidate existing repertoire(s) and to foreground strengths within the individual's overall repertoire, and you will also join in hosting a campus event – liaising with external artists, welcoming the audience and representing the university.

Performance Personal Study

Everyone completes a personal study as part of their undergraduate work, and for performers this is an opportunity to present a longer and more challenging programme of work.

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.

The Music department offers 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:

  • Solo Performance
  • Teaching at all levels of education
  • Musical theatre
  • Music leaders
  • Opera singers
  • Group instrumentalists
  • Cruise musicians

Indicative modules

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:

  • Music Now
  • World Music
  • Introduction To Popular Music
  • Style & Genre
  • Popular Music In The Community
  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing About Music
  • The Baroque
  • Reading Popular Music
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Classicism
  • Jazz
  • Music and Society
  • Self Employment & Marketing
  • Romanticism
  • Structure and Politics of Rock
  • Expressing Movement & Gesture
  • Modernism
  • Club Music
  • Musical Event
  • Ensemble
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Vocal Performance
  • Languages

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.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

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

Places still available

Codes

UCAS code: 
W314
College Code: 
C58

Course length

4 years
Full Time