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BMus (Hons) Vocal Teaching

Discover all aspects of musical education while specialising in vocal teaching

XWD3
4 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus

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1. National Student Survey 2021

Top 30

UK University

2. Guardian University Guide 2022

16th

for student experience

3. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Overview

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:

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Performance/practical work
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Seminar discussions

Jess Bhatty-Garcia

2015 Graduate went on to enroll on a PGCE course and became Head of Music at her school.
"The teaching modules were by far my favourite modules; the lectures were engaging, interactive and motivating. Laura Ritchie was never afraid to go off on a tangent if it was relevant to a question we asked, which is a trait that was unique and helped us learn. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a teacher, Laura has a lifetimes worth of interesting stories and experience that she has openly shared with us all. "

Matthew Clark

2014 Graduate, private teacher, performer
"The combination of informative lectures and seminars from superb staff with the practical placements made this course a thoroughly enjoyable and enhancing learning experience. It has certainly helped me in my current private teaching practice since graduating."

Rob Murray

2007 Graduate, Rob is now Director of Music Academy of Schools
"Being given the opportunity to teach a student on a one to one basis was an extremely valuable experience. The hands-on experience gave us the opportunity to put the skills that we had learned into practice. The opportunity opened your eyes to the real world of teaching and prepared you to think with great creativity and imagination. Now, as a director of my own peripatetic music academy I continually monitor the ways in which the students learn so that our tutors deliver tuition to the highest standards."

The Course

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 study

You 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.

Ensemble

You 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 Resilience

More information on this module will be available soon.

Musical Grammar

This module introduces and familiarises you with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation.

Technique for the Young Performer

You 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 Development

You 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 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.

Second study

This particular programme includes a flexible second study option, which can be chosen in order to enhance your skillset in a bespoke way.

The Baroque

You 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 Music

You 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 Anxiety

Examine 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 Assessment

This 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.

Classicism

More information on this module will be available soon.

Modern Jazz: Seven Steps to Heaven

More information on this module will be available soon.

Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

This 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 Society

More information on this module will be available soon.

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.

Romanticism

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.

One-To-One Teaching

This 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 & Gesture

You 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 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.

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.

Opera

More information on this module will be available soon.

Musical Event

You 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 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.

Year Four

During your fourth year you will study modules including:

  • First Study
  • Ensemble
  • Second Study
  • Personal Study
  • Professional Resilience
  • Masterclass
  • Repertoire for the Young Performer
  • International Experience
  • Teaching Experience (Presentation Skills)

Facilities

Use industry standard spaces and equipment

Lecturers

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.

Careers

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

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 receive a discount on postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

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.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-112
tariff points from A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical.
A Levels
BCC-CCC
BTEC
DMM-MMM
IB
26 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

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 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

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.

Charlie

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.”

FAQs

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.

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