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BA (Hons) Music Performance

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Institution C58


3 Years 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


International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability in dance, acting and singing in a performance audition. 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

The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 400 student performers. Our facilities include computerised recording and media studios, well equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb performance venue.

There are four main routes of study if you want to focus on performance. These are:

  • BMus (Hons) Jazz Performance (three years)
  • BA (Hons) Music Performance (three years)
  • BMus (Hons) Performance (four years)
  • BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance (four years)

You’ll also 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
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Movement and Gesture
  • Musical Event
  • Ensemble Experience
  • 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

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

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

Where this can take you 

Alumnus profile: George Baker

"I'm living in Tokyo and I'm working for a game soundtrack company called Brave Wave. I get to work alongside artists such as Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae and many of my childhood heroes!  At present I'm working on my second album 'Kodama'. I'm looking forward to exploring more of Japan and playing a lot of live music next year."


Indicative modules

Some of the typical modules you can expect to study include:

First study

This module introduces various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers. The construction of balanced or otherwise effective programmes is discussed and students will explore different approaches to performance.

Second study

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the listener will be emphasised in lessons and in formative performance assessment, and a good standard of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. Students will discuss aspects of performance practice relevant to their individual voice, and develop their skills in the forming of critical judgements of performance.


Working in parallel to the performance development strand, his module allows students to explore their potential as team players in performance and to develop the commercial potential of their performing ensemble. Repertoire building and a variety of different performance contexts are discussed, leading to a clearer view of the achievement outcomes that are possible for each individual. Longer term planning and practice preparation strategies will be emphasised in rehearsals and coaching sessions.

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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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.


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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.

Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or 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.

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.


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.


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.

Club Music

The course will examine the way music is used in clubs, the motivations of clubbers themselves, and the development of the role of the DJ. Consideration will be given to the way in which technology has shaped the experience of club music, and how legal and marketing issues have shaped its consumption. Students will be encouraged to explore the influence of club culture on mainstream commercial musics, and the significance of symbols associated with a variety of club cultures and subcultures

Expressing Music through Movement & Gesture

This course will explore the opportunities that exist for enhanced communication within the formal performance context, using the performer’s own physical projection of self and personal narrative of intention. Work will also be developed in a broader context, allowing a deeper understanding of the semiotics of movement – the kinesic variables which impact upon the viewer – and the generic codes which attach to the music they play.

Musical Event

This course will focus on one or more major performance projects and will involve opportunities for students to work creatively with a variety of ensembles and collaborations, including those which cross arts disciplines. Connexions will be made with current projects in other institutions and at performance venues outside the university.


Module content will depend entirely on the choice of performed material of individual students, but will focus on three main areas of personal development: the achievement of technical and expressive maturity; the identification of a demonstrably appropriate repertoire or mix of repertoire able to foreground individual strengths; the acquisition and consolidation of strong performance and communication skills.

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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International English Studies

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.

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.

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

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Additional Costs

Audition details

For more information on the audition process download the Music audition booklet here.

Audition booklet