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This 4-year BMus (Hons) Vocal Teaching degree will prepare you for your teaching career.
You will explore vocal technique and how the voice is physically produced with in the body before progressing to study repertoire and the various musical gradings used by schools and external exams. You will experience being a musical beginner as you learn a new instrument from scratch, explore the psychology of learning music, and develop your teaching techniques as you have the chance to work with children in workshops and in schools.
This course allows you to explore the technique and mechanics of your voice and how to work with various learners, from young children with changing bodies to adults with more established routines. You will investigate graded examination systems across classical and popular music and explore how music is taught in the National Curriculum for mainstream and special needs children and explore the psychology of learning and teaching and prepare to support individual students. Every pupil is different so you will learn to prepare, assess, reflect, and revise interactions and how teaching material is presented. Your understanding will support positive and pupil-centred teaching, instead of using a reactive approach. You will explore the psychology of learning music, develop your teaching techniques and have a chance to work with children in workshops and in schools.
In your third year you will experience one-to-one and group teaching, and teach individual lessons to peers and colleagues. Recordings of these lessons will be used to reflect on your planning, progress, and effectiveness in tailoring lessons to the learning needs of individuals.
Finally you will create your own curriculum and plan a year’s repertoire and study for a student of your choice. Many areas in teaching follow a curriculum, but there is no set curriculum for music lessons. This opportunity to plan for a future pupil gives you notable head start in the teaching profession, equipping you with the skills you will need after you graduate.
You will also have the opportunity to choose a module on international experience where you will be involved in all aspects of event planning, arranging workshops and performances, intercultural exchanges, and the logistics of timetabling the schedule of getting from A to B.
You will study in the University of Chichester Conservatoire, one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 1000 student performers. You will access facilities including computerised recording and media studios, well equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb performance venue, and have the chance to join a variety of University ensembles and bands while you study. Ensembles are involved in plenty of performance work with a rich programme of concerts, recitals and master classes by visiting artists.
On this course you will:
- Explore aspects of musical learning and teaching.
- Learn a new instrument from scratch.
- Have opportunities to work with children and teach workshops.
- Explore the psychology of learning music.
- Take on your own student and gain practical experience.
- Have the chance to join a selection of six orchestras, choirs, big bands, wind bands, string ensembles, and the brass band.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
You will study using lecturers, seminars, practical classes and workshops. You will learn from a core team of experienced and qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.
Assessment is through a range of assignments, including:
- Performance/practical work
- Project work
- Seminar discussions
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Select a year
First studyYou will work on your technical development and expressive facility in performance in a bespoke way with regular one to one tuition. We pride ourselves in helping you to form an excellent working relationship with your one to one tutor, which will enable you to identify areas for development, understand your specialist discipline with mindful awareness.
EnsembleYou will produce a professional standard performance, demonstrating confidence within your chosen repertoire(s) and technical and expressive maturity. You will need an appropriate balance in programming and the ability to lean towards either a supporting or leadership role and develop your skills in hosting events and presenting the work to others.
Professional ResilienceMore information on this module will be available soon.
Musical GrammarThis module introduces and familiarises you with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation.
Technique for the Young PerformerYou will explore sound approaches to technique and analyse a range of technique strategies as you draw upon your own experience as a learner.
Grades and DevelopmentYou will establish connections between the measured progress of a young player or singer and the general musical development of the child and focus on graded development at early stages while paying particular attention to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills.
Writing about MusicThis 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.
Second studyThis particular programme includes a flexible second study option, which can be chosen in order to enhance your skillset in a bespoke way.
The BaroqueYou will explore a broad range of musical genres, ideas, styles and constructional devices from the birth of opera in 1600, through the rapid development of concerti grossi, the mass and the oraotorio, to the seminal theoretical and compositional writings of Jean-Phillippe Rameau.
Reading Popular MusicYou will explore key critical texts and concepts such as authenticity, anthropology, ethnography and textual analysis, applying these to a variety of models in contemporary popular music.
Performance AnxietyExamine the problem of performance anxiety and stage nerves and study the theoretical background and how to effectively deal with anxiety. You will look at the performance itself and the surrounding physiological and psychological factors that lead to stage nerves during performance. This module introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.
Preparing Young Musicians for AssessmentThis practical placement experience allows you to become a beginner all over again by learning a ‘new’ instrument during the term, recreating the feelings experienced by beginners. You will use various repertoire, aural tests, scales, and sight reading assessments and discuss the pressures and constraints that exams place on students.
ClassicismMore information on this module will be available soon.
Modern Jazz: Seven Steps to HeavenMore information on this module will be available soon.
Self-Employment, Marketing and PromotionThis module explores the local and national marketplace and introduces you to a number of different models of successful positioning within the industry. For a successful career as a film or music professional you will need a strong understanding of the nature of self-employment in business. This module will develop your understanding and encourage you to confidently approach the world beyond university. You will complete a tailored financial and business plan which will encourage an awareness of local markets and circumstances.
Music and SocietyMore information on this module will be available soon.
Psychology of Learning and TeachingThis 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.
RomanticismThis 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 MusicYou 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.
One-To-One TeachingThis module introduces a range of techniques in structuring lessons, communicating expressive and musical concepts and problem solving and is designed to create an exciting and stimulating learning experience for individual instrumentalists or singers embarking on the early stages of study.
Expressing Music Through Movement & GestureYou will explore the opportunities for enhanced communication within the formal performance context and use your own physical projection of self and personal narrative of intention.
Club MusicExamine 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.
Introduction to Fundraising in the ArtsThe 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.
OperaMore information on this module will be available soon.
Musical EventYou will focus on one or more major performance projects which will involve opportunities to work creatively with a variety of ensembles and collaborations, including those which cross arts disciplines. Connections will be made with current projects in other institutions and at performance venues outside the university.
Group TeachingYou 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.
During your fourth year you will study modules including:
- First Study
- Second Study
- Personal Study
- Professional Resilience
- Repertoire for the Young Performer
- International Experience
- Teaching Experience (Presentation Skills)
Learn from experienced performers, musicians and tutors
You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.
As well as supporting student development and the student experience our staff are active, practicing professional musicians and researchers who regularly perform and record. We have around 140 professional tutors who visit campus regularly throughout the semester to deliver our practical and contextual modules. You will be supported by your one-to-one tutor and your module tutors, as well as your Academic Advisor.
Where you could go after your studies
This BMus (Hons) Vocal Teaching degree will prepare you for a range of roles across the industry. You will graduate ready to make an impact on the workplace and have the opportunity to take part in our student and graduate internship scheme.
Past graduate have progressed into roles including:
- Director of Music
- Vocal peripatetic teachers
- Private vocal teacher
- Head of Music
- Teaching assistant
- Drama/dance teacher
- Professional performer / recitalist / session singer
- Ensemble singer / band members
- Choral director / conductor
You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.
Study options at the University of Chichester include:
- MA Music Performance
- MA Music Teaching
Course Fees 2022/23
For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.
For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.
Scholarships may be available for selected instruments; please enquire with the Head of Music.
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
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 December until March.
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 two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.
Once you have booked your audition you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView.
Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.
If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send you a new audition invitation.
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 email@example.com with your query and applicant number.
Your Audition Day
You will need to prepare a three minute piece, in any style, but if you’d like to perform something slightly longer or to perform on more than one instrument, or on an instrument and as a singer, just let us know on the day. Composers can opt to bring a recording of some of their work, with a score if there is one, and play this instead if they prefer.
You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.
There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both campuses.
After Your Audition
After your audition the panel will discuss your application and pass our decision onto the admissions team who will update UCAS.
- 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. 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 a course within the department that is different to the one you applied for. If this is the case we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.
What are UCAS tariff points?
Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.
How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?
Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.
When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.