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BA (Hons) Music with Music Marketing and Administration

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Institution C58

UCAS W3N5

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BCC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in an instrument or voice and display musical awareness and skill. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Scholarships available for selected instruments – please enquire with the Head of Music

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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

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

This module introduces various critical and analytical approaches that can serve to assist the student when encountering new music. A variety of skills which will prove necessary during the degree course will be explored. Students will be involved in the process of assessment, using the Field criteria, and will also be required to evaluate their own learning on the course. Case studies of contemporary work will be introduced by tutors, and as the module progresses students will use an increasing range of practical skills to critically examine these models. To carry out assessment tasks, students will be encouraged to familiarise themselves with library and recording studio resources.

World Music

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Introduction To Popular Music

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Style & Genre

Lectures, analytical listening and set reading materials will take students on a chronological survey of the Western Art-Music tradition from it’s beginnings in ancient Greece, through the birth of polyphony, early opera, the works of Mozart and Beethoven, to the Tristan Prelude and the roots of modernism. Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of the development of genres, musical structures and compositional style.

Popular Music In The Community

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An Introduction To Improvisation And Composition

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Musical Grammar

Designed to enable each student to work at their own pace, whilst moving towards a common level of achievement, the module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise students with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation. Alongside this, students will present and discuss their work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence in this knowledge base.

Writing About Music

Through the introduction of a range of concepts and debates which inform our lives as musicians, this course will combine the development of a critical and analytical approach with the confidence and skill needed to express this in written form. These concepts and debates will be introduced and explored through the study and examination of a range of musics and related artworks from different styles, genres, and historical periods.

Aural Perception & Listening Skills 1

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Classicism

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Modern Jazz: Seven Steps To Heaven

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The Baroque

The module explores 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

Students 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.

Arranging For Instrumental Ensembles

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Arranging For Vocal Ensembles

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Music And The Community 1: Music And The Mind

The module will begin by exploring the students' own relationship to music, uncovering the ways in which music articulates the self. It will ask the question, "how does music articulate inner experience?". It will lead to the question, "how does music define and identify communities?". The nature of musical experience and perception will be analysed with reference to selected musical texts and as an outcome of experiential learning within the module. Students will identify and discuss functions of music which 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".

Musical techniques which develop within such functions will be explored experientially alongside the theoretical study. This will include: overtone singing, collective improvisation, group drumming, chanting, vocal improvisation, intuitive harmonic voice work and interactive composition.

Music And Society

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Performance Anxiety

This course will look at the problem of performance anxiety/stage nerves studying both the theoretical background and how to effectively deal with them. It will not only look at the performance itself but also the surrounding physiological and psychological factors that lead to stage nerves during performance. The course introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming. This will provide an interdisciplinary and integrated model for understanding and providing tools and strategies to analyse this widespread problem.

Personal Study (Music)

This module aims provide students with an opportunity to select an area of study of their choice to research theoretically and practically and to give students the opportunity to organise and sustain in depth study and research over a period of time.

Module content will depend entirely on the choice of topics, practical projects and creative styles of individual students, but will focus on one of four main areas of work: a written study an original composition or improvisation with supporting written work a practical performance with supporting written work a lecture recital with supporting written work

Post Modern Jazz

In this module we 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. By listening, playing, and analysing jazz from the 50's to the present day we can gain an understanding of its evolution since Coltrane. This module looks at:  The effect of globalisation and the fusion of different styles and cultures e.g. jazz rock (Weather Report) and Avant Garde jazz (Anthony Braxton)  How jazz musicians have been influenced by the classical Avant Garde movement and many contemporary classical composers, such as Steve Reich.  How the traditional role of instruments such as the bass and piano have changed, and who influenced this change.  How electronic technologies and sound production have impacted on the composition and performance process  How gender roles have changed in the performance and composition of jazz Finally, by creating our own fusion[s], we discover where jazz may evolve in the future.

Music And The Community 2: Outreach

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Romanticism

This course will seek to develop in students a more confident and probing analytical style with a closer exploration of compositional intention, particularly where this is allied to programmatic or narrative elements in models studied. Lectures will be supplemented by seminar discussion, individual tutorials and practical group tutorials.

Structures And Politics Of Rock Music

Students will examine a broad range of contemporary musical texts in order to develop a broad definition of rock culture. As in-depth study of a selection of significant artists and groups will provide insights into a range of stylistic and structural devices employed by rock musicians as well as demonstrating the political space inhabited by their music. Creative tasks in song-writing and collaborative composition and improvisation will provide an experiential framework for study. The use of music technology as a facilitative device for composition and as a recording medium may be integrated into the module.

Modernism

This course will consider Modernist style in music, dividing into two sections which focus respectively on the recognised major figures of the era (Messiaen, Stravinsky and the Second Vienese School) and lesser known but important contextual figures (such as the Futurists, Varese, Cage and the Free Jazz movement). Especial consideration will be given to developing a contextual understanding of the notable compositional processes and techniques employed within this era, enabling not only an understanding of the theoretical methods within the music but the cultural placement of the works and composers themselves. The module will also encourage active listening to the ‘difficult’ music of this period, promoting an understanding of the Modernist aesthetic. The students will also partake in research tasks, group presentations and response papers in order to ready themselves for the final assessment.

Advanced Improvisation And Applied Composition

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Arranging For Orchestra

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Composing For Film And Multimedia

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Expressing Music Through Movement & Gesture

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Musical Event

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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

Building on the experience gained by students in semester 1, this module will seek to engender the habit of continuous and self critical learning and to deepen understanding of key elements of musical structure. As before, students will present and discuss their work, both individually and in groups – enhancing skills in teamwork and presentation, and building confidence in this knowledge base. The importance of the transferable skills of musical theory will also be highlighted.

Writing about Music

Through the introduction of a range of concepts and debates which inform our lives as musicians, this course will combine the development of a critical and analytical approach with the confidence and skill needed to express this in written form. These concepts and debates will be introduced and explored through the study and examination of a range of musics and related artworks from different styles, genres, and historical periods.

Listening Skills 1

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Music and Society

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International English Studies

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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.

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