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BA (Hons) Music

Explore the breadth and depth of music

Explore the breadth and depth of music

3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)
  • Develop your own individual identity by integrating technique with the craft of expressive performance
  • Learn how to embody presence, become more responsive and develop rapport with an audience
  • Choose from a wide range of module options to build your course around your strengths and interests
  • Join our large community of over 400 music students within our nationally-recognised Conservatoire
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Explore all aspects of musical study as you tailor your degree to suit you

Our BA (Hons) Music course provides you with a great balance between practical and contextual work, as you engage with a wide variety of topics within the field of music.

Study a wide range of areas within music

Throughout your studies you will explore a wide range of styles, genres, and skills as you learn the art of critical self-reflection, how to lead and collaborate with others, how to build self-confidence, and remain ‘present’ under performance conditions.

Build your course around your interests

This course offers you a vibrant and broad range of optional modules that allow you to focus on the areas of music that suit your strengths and interests.

Discover topics that include:

  • Music performance
  • Musical theatre
  • Instrumental or vocal teaching
  • Music business
  • Community music
  • Self-employment and professional resilience
  • Popular music teaching

Discover performance opportunities within our Conservatoire community

Within our vast community of over 400 students, the University of Chichester Conservatoire offers a wealth of opportunities to perform, socialise, and build connections with others.

Within the Conservatoire we have six orchestras, nine other large ensembles, five choirs, and more than 70 small ensembles for you to have the opportunity to join.

Learn from experienced practitioners who really get to know you

Our dedication to smaller, more intimate class sizes means that our team of expert musicians, researchers and practitioners can learn how best to support you to ensure you can thrive.

Develop key employability skills

Working to support you in becoming industry ready, you will explore the audition and performance contexts and learn about the challenges of competition and perfectionism.  You’ll also consider the necessary skills of networking and the possibilities of a portfolio career.

Our BA (Hons) Music course develops key skills in problem solving, analysis, self-management, and interpersonal relationships that employers from a wide range of sectors highly-value, meaning that you will leave the University of Chichester prepared for your career in either the music industry or whatever you choose to do next.

On this course you will:

  • Study a range of different musical styles, genres, and approaches.
  • Have the opportunity to tailor the course to your interests and strengths.
  • Be able to join any of a large number of choirs, orchestras and ensembles.
  • Join a close community of 400+ student performers.
  • Develop your skills in problem-solving, analysis, self-management and interpersonal skills.
  • Learn from our team of expert team of musicians, researchers, and practitioners.

The Course

Engage in practical and contextual study with a wide range of module options

Year One

In your first year, you will demonstrate a growing awareness and understanding of reflective observation and critique, identify weaknesses in your approach to practice and preparation, and demonstrate a discerning and context-specific approach to repertoire choices.

You’ll also introduce or further familiarise yourself with a range of aspects of musical structure, notation, modern contexts, and professional resilience.

Year Two

Your second year offers you the opportunity to choose which areas of musical study you’d like to focus on, with a wide range of module options that cover style, genre, the psychology of music performance and how to teach music to young learners.

You’ll learn how to communicate specialist knowledge with a growing sense of confidence to a wider audience and present work in an organised, intelligent manner, using a variety of media.

Year Three

In your final year, you will take more advanced optional modules which allow you to compliment your interests from previous years as you work towards your final personal study which can either take the form of a performance recital or a written research project.

You will also enhance your expressive performance through considering acoustic and non-acoustic variables such as phrasing, articulation, dynamic range, tonal quality, and use of movement and gesture, in order to most effectively utilise your growing technical and musical facility.

Indicative modules

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year


This module develops your basic performance and communication skills and your sense of performance context. You will develop your repertoire, your understanding of style and your skill in preparing for audition or performance.

Music Now

This module introduces you to the various critical and analytical approaches used when encountering new music, as you explore the skills needed during your degree and to research case studies of contemporary work.

Musical Grammar 1

This module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise you with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation. Alongside this, you will present and discuss your work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence.

Musical Grammar 2

This module builds on the knowledge you have accrued on music grammar and deepens your understanding of key elements of musical structure. You will continue to present and discuss your work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence.

Orchestral Experience

Recent performance practice has seen an increased interest in the historically-informed representation of music of the 18th and 19th centuries. This module is concerned with the musical styles of the 18th and 19th centuries as explored through the performance of orchestral or other set works.

Through a combination of practical and analytical study, you will identify the major forms, writing styles, and characteristics of orchestral works or other set works in performance.

Performance Development

This includes your 1 to 1 tuition in your selected instrumental or vocal study.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.

Writing About Music

This module will introduce a range of concepts and debates which inform our lives as musicians.

You will develop your critical and analytical approach and gain the confidence and skill needed to express your analysis in written form.

These concepts and debates will be introduced and explored through the study and examination of a range of music and related artworks from different styles, genres, and historical periods.


This module will consider the Classical style in music primarily through the work of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

Special consideration will be given to problems of formal analysis and the application of the conventions of a musicology to an artistic period so much defined by the work of a very small group of outstanding composers.

You will study a variety of work: solo, ensemble and orchestral, sacred and secular. You will undertake the preparation of a presentation or lecture recital relating to a movement from a late 18th century work, as chosen by the individual.

Events Management

This module explores the legal and logistical aspects of planning a range of different musical events and will experiment with presenting ideas to tutors and peers.

You will explore the relationships between stakeholders in event production, including artists, venues, audiences and funders, a range of models of event and festival production, and the diversity of approaches taken by different organisations and promoters.

As part of this, you will explore the input of artists and artist’s agents within event production and effective forms of operational and human resources management in the realization of festivals and events.

You will gain an understanding of the varying technical requirements related to promoting different types of musical events in distinct venues and locations, and a familiarity with licensing laws and health and safety considerations when related to festival and event production.

History of Modern Jazz

This module will look at jazz from two perspectives.

Initially, the module will look at the history of jazz, starting with its birth in New Orleans and examining its stylistic developments concentrating on a number of key figures and movements in its evolution up to present day. However by the 1960’s, the free jazz movement began to blur the boundaries and definitions of what jazz is.

Therefore, this module will also address the issue of the process that jazz has fore grounded as an evolving art form which constantly borrows from other musical influences to create ever-renewing hybrid forms of music. In looking at these two perspectives, the answer to the question ‘what is jazz?’ will be clarified alongside an appreciation for its rich and varied musical legacy.

Music and Society

This module will explore a range of topics, including:

  • The canon
  • Music and gender
  • Music and mediation
  • Music and education
  • Music and cultural identity
  • Popular and elite traditions.

You will be encouraged to discuss your own positioning and understanding within each of these subject areas, as well as drawing upon a variety of social and cultural theories including those held within musicology.

Music and the Community 1: Music and the Mind

This module considers how music defines and identify communities. Through an exploration of your own relationship with music, you will analyse the nature of musical experience and perception, with reference to selected musical texts.

You will identify and discuss functions of music that extend beyond entertainment. This will include examining the esoteric functions of music, shamanic practice, music and ritual, healing and therapeutic functions of music and concept of “”communitas””.

As part of this, you will examine the musical techniques that develop within such functions, including: overtone singing, collective improvisation, group drumming, chanting, vocal improvisation, intuitive harmonic voice work and interactive composition.

Opera and Operetta

Available in two different delivery modes, this module can be followed as either a conventional weekly series of lectures during semester two, or as a week long intensive culminating in a staged performance outside the semester period.

Learning is focused on examples drawn from 19th century opera forms, seeking to develop a lively sense of the evolving performance context which came to be described as operetta.

Orchestral Experience

Recent performance practice has seen an increased interest in the historically-informed representation of music of the 18th and 19th centuries. This module is concerned with the musical styles of the 18th and 19th centuries as explored through the performance of orchestral or other set works.

Through a combination of practical and analytical study, you will identify the major forms, writing styles, and characteristics of orchestral works or other set works in performance.

Performance Development

This includes your 1 to 1 tuition in your selected instrumental or vocal study.

Preparing Young Musicians for Assessment and Performance

The practical, placement experience allows you to become a beginner all over again by learning a ‘new’ instrument during this term, recreating the feelings experienced by beginners.

Reflections on this experience will inform and shape your approach to teaching in placement contexts.

You will also observe school children in the early stages of learning to sing and will reflect on how the observations relate to their personal experience during the module. Various repertoire, aural tests, scales, and sight reading will be included in a broad exploration of assessment and discussions will cover the pressures or constraints that exams place on students.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.

Psychology of Learning and Teaching

This module explores the psychology, or the internal processes, of both the teacher and student perspective during musical learning. You will develop a general understanding of the historical framework of learning theories and social frameworks with psychology.

Self-Employment, Employment and Visualising Success

This module explores the local and national marketplace and will introduce you to a number of different models of successful positioning within it.

A successful career as a music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business.

This module will seek to develop this, and to encourage a confident approach to the world beyond university, enabling a tailored financial and business planning which encourages an awareness of local markets and circumstances.

The Roots of Jazz

You will explore the roots of jazz and focus on the development of jazz between 1890 and 1930 as you critically analyse the social, political and cultural context in New Orleans.

Arranging for Jazz

You will develop your ability to take standard repertoire from the jazz canon and rearrange it into your own personal vision, which is a key skill within the jazz domain. You will develop a personal repertoire of arrangements and compositions to prepare you to secure gigs in the future.

Business Project

This module is taken by Arts Management students and aims to develop competency in business planning and imaginative use of physical and creative resources.

Club Music

Examine how music is used in clubs, the motivations of clubbers themselves, and the development of the role of the DJ.

You will consider the way technology has shaped the experience of club music, and how legal and marketing issues have shaped its consumption.

You are encouraged to explore the influence of club culture on mainstream commercial music, and the significance of symbols associated with a variety of club cultures and subcultures.

Devising for Music Theatre

This module examines some current examples of the genre, mostly in video format but with the possibility of visits to live performance as appropriate. the relationship between music and drama will be studied and analysed, in order to inform your own practical explorations. Tasks in group improvisation will be set throughout the first part of the module, performed and discussed in class and informed by related lectures and tutorials.

Group Teaching

You will engage in workshop activities to explore the potential of strategies and material that could be used in a range of teaching contexts.

You will reflect on relationships between this activity and your practical workshop experience and complete practical experience with a musical group/class/ensemble at the university, a school, or a performance centre where you will observe the methods, manner, and style of the teacher and then design a piece for that group.

Introduction to Fundraising in the Arts

The module will consider the third-sector in relation to the other two sectors, the legal structures for non-profit organisations and regional variations in regulation, alongside the charity model in at least one other country.

One to One Teaching

This module introduces a range of techniques in structuring lessons, communicating expressive and performance based concepts and problem solving designed to create an exciting and stimulating learning experience for individual singers, dancers and actors embarking on the early stages of study.

You will set your own goals in teaching and develop skills in analysing and measuring the outcomes of lessons, using this information to inform planning for effective teaching practices.


This module takes a chronological approach to the study of the genre, beginning with the early Baroque and offering examples of differing musical styles up until the first half of the 20th century, with a particular focus on the late 18th to mid 19th centuries.

The relationship between narrative and the musical expression of dramatic tension will be explored.

Your lectures will make connections between the function of musical structure and form within individual works and the development of character and plot.

Orchestral Experience

Recent performance practice has seen an increased interest in the historically-informed representation of music of the 18th and 19th centuries. This module is concerned with the musical styles of the 18th and 19th centuries as explored through the performance of orchestral or other set works.

Through a combination of practical and analytical study, you will identify the major forms, writing styles, and characteristics of orchestral works or other set works in performance.

Personal Study (Recital)

This module sees you select an area of study in performance, and develop it over an extended period.

For performers, this is an opportunity to present a longer and more challenging programme of work.

Personal Study (Written)

This module provides you with an opportunity to select an area of study of your choice, to research it and present your findings in written form, and to develop this over an extended period.

Post Modern Jazz

You will seek to find answers in a postmodern jazz world and ask if the intrinsic identity of jazz has been lost and where it can go from here. You will gain an understanding of its evolution since Coltrane by listening, playing, and analysing jazz from the 50’s to the present day.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development.


This module will develop your confident and probing analytical style with a close exploration of compositional intention, particularly where this is allied to programmatic or narrative elements in the models you study.

Structures and Politics of Rock Music

You will examine a broad range of contemporary musical texts to develop a broad definition of rock culture and use an in-depth study of a selection of significant artists and groups to provide insights into a range of stylistic and structural devices employed by rock musicians.

You will learn to demonstrate the political space inhabited by their music and complete creative tasks in song-writing and collaborative composition and improvisation.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our experienced and practicing teaching staff

Learn from experienced performers, musicians, and tutors

Our dedicated team of experienced and expert tutors are all active, practicing professional musicians and researchers who regularly perform and record alongside their teaching.

In addition, we have around 140 professional tutors and more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers who visit campus regularly throughout the semester to deliver our practical and contextual modules.

Smaller class sizes for more individual support

Classes take the form of lecturers, seminars, practical sessions, and workshops.

Our smaller class sizes means that you will have more individual support, in addition to the help and guidance you will receive from your one-to-one tutor, your module tutors, as well as your Academic Advisor.


You will be assessed through a range of assignments including:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Performance and practical work
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Seminar discussions

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Work Placements

Develop your professional network through placement opportunities

We offer numerous opportunities to gain practical experience through our large industry networks, meaning you can put your studies into practice during optional work placements and voluntary roles.

These opportunities will improve your confidence, enhance your CV, and show employers that you’ve already completed work in industry when you graduate.

You will have the opportunity to take part in:

  • Work placements
  • Volunteering roles
  • Student and graduate internship schemes

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


Graduate with the skills that employers need

Our BA (Hons) Music degree will prepare you for a range of careers and provides you with a variety of transferable skills and specific subject knowledge to prepare you for life after university.

Past graduates have secured various roles including: 

  • Solo performers
  • Teachers at all levels of education
  • Music leaders
  • Opera singers
  • Group instrumentalists
  • Cruise musicians

Further Study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Music Performance
  • MA Music Teaching
  • PGCE
  • PhD/MPhil

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Scholarships may be available for selected instruments; please enquire with the Head of Music.


Additional Course Costs

Some optional field trips ask for a student contribution (usually 50%) which can range from £50 to £250.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

tariff points.
A Levels
26 points
with no element lower than 5.5.


You will need to demonstrate your ability in an instrument or voice performance, display musical awareness and showcase your skills during your performance audition. If you have a high level of performance skills you may be considered for a lower academic offer.

Interviews and Auditions

Auditions and interviews usually run from January until March/April.

We aim to offer you a genuine dialogue during your application process. This gives you a sense of worth and achievement from the audition process itself; a sense of ownership for you during the process and, ultimately, is an opportunity for us to get a clear understanding of who you are, what you need, and how we can best prepare you for your degree.

We judge you on your skills, your potential, and your personality, not your background.

Booking Your Audition

If you are invited to audition you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful we will email you to let you know.

You can usually choose between multiple days on ChiView at one time. If none of the current dates suit you please contact admissions@chi.ac.uk.

Once you have booked your audition, you will be able to access the audition guidance document on ChiView – just log into the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to access the document, which will tell you how to prepare for your audition, what to expect on the day, etc.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your audition date, you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing admissions@chi.ac.uk, so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView 

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history. 

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails please email admissions@chi.ac.uk with your query and applicant number.

Your Audition Day

Once you have booked your audition, please log into the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to access the audition guidance document, which will tell you (amongst other things) what will happen at the audition itself, a basic itinerary of the whole day, parking information, etc.

In brief, there should be an introductory talk by the department, the chance to meet lecturers and other applicants, as well as your opportunity to perform for the audition panel.

After Your Audition

After your audition, the panel will discuss your performance and pass our decision onto the admissions team, who will update UCAS and email you with the outcome, whatever it might be.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this will reflect the potential and quality of your audition and we’d like to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We don’t do unconditional offers: Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we will always insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted: Don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. On Results Day, just ring us on the clearing hotline, so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on an alternative, relevant course within the department, rather than offer you the course you applied for. If this is the case, we will state this in your offer letter/email and update your course on UCAS. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.



BMus (Hons) Music Performance
“I remember sitting in a music A level lesson when I received my email offering me an audition to study BMus (Hons) Music Performance at the University of Chichester. I was immediately terrified of having to choose a piece to perform and to then perform it in front of tutors and other applicants. In the end I needn’t have worried at all, the audition experience was extremely enjoyable and relaxed. I had the best time meeting other prospective students, some of whom became course mates and one even a future housemate! Meeting the Head of Music, Ben Hall, was invaluable as it meant that any questions that I had about the course could be answered. He even gave us a tour of the Chichester campus and the music block which helped put us all at ease before we performed to each other.”


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