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BMus (Hons) Vocal Teaching

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Institution C58

UCAS XWD3

4 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

BTEC: DMM - MMM

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. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

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

Student view

Jess Bhatty-Garcia
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.

-2015 Graduate went on to enrol on a PGCE course.
Matthew Clark

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.

2014 Graduate, private teacher, performer

Rob Murray

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. 

2007 Graduate, Rob is now Director of Music Academy of Schools

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.

Throughout your time at Chichester you will explore aspects of musical learning and teaching, beginning with vocal technique and how the voice is produced within the body and then moving on to repertoire and the various gradings that happen within school and external exams. You will experience what it is like to be a beginner as you learn a new instrument from the beginning, and you will have a chance to work with children in workshops and perform to them in their schools. Arranging skills are developed and the psychology of learning music is covered. In the third year you will take on your own private student as part of the course. In class we role play, use peer learning, and welcome both students and other professional teachers to workshops and lectures. In the final year you learn to create a curriculum for your own students and also develop skills to use in a group teaching context. 

 

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:

  • Director
  • Drums and Percussion Teacher
  • Vocal Coach
  • Head of Contemporary Music
  • Singing Teacher
  • Vocal Entertainer
  • Vocalist
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Drama/Dance Teacher
  • Dance Teacher
  • Professional Performer
  • Resident Entertainer

Postgraduate Pathways

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

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

Indicative modules

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. 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.

Introduction To Popular Music

(Module information to come)

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.

Popular Music In The Community

(Module information to come)

Performance Development

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. 

Technique For The Young Performer

Sound approaches to technique will be explored as the essential foundation for expressive musical performance and a range of technical strategies will be tested and analysed, drawing upon students' own experience as learners, particularly in the early stages of study. 

Grades And Development

This module is designed to make connections between the measured progress of the young player or singer and the general musical development of the child. Sessions are focused on graded development at early stages, with particular attention being paid to the acquisition of aural training and sight reading skills. 

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.

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.

Classicism

(Module information to come)

Modern Jazz: Seven Steps To Heaven

(Module information to come)

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. 

Music And Society

(Module information to come)

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.The course introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming. 

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.  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.

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.

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.

Opera

(Module information to come)

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.

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. 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 Viennese School) and lesser known but important contextual figures (such as the Futurists, Varese, Cage and the Free Jazz movement). 

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. . 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. 

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. 

Psychology Of Learning & Teaching

This module explores psychology - the internal process - involved from both the teacher and student perspective during musical learning. Students gain a general understanding of the historical framework of learning theories and social frameworks with psychology. 

Approaches To Teaching (Individual)

(Module information to come)

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:

Listening Skills 1

(Module information to come)

Music and Society

(Module information to come)

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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.

Independent Learning

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.

How you will be assessed

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

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS Costs

Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £52.20.

Audition details and FAQs

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

Audition booklet

AUDITION FAQs

I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to chiview.chi.ac.uk and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here: help.chi.ac.uk/clearing-your-browser-data-including-cache

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

If all else fails, you are welcome to email admissions@chi.ac.uk. Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via admissions@chi.ac.uk so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented 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 the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here: chi.ac.uk/about-us/how-find-us