City University London

Course Introduction

A comprehensive core curriculum embracing musical composition, performance, scholarship and technology in Year 1 provides you with a solid foundation for developing your musical interests. In Years 2 and 3 you engage in advanced study by choosing, with the aid of a personal tutor, from an extensive range of modules in cultural studies, performance, composition and applied music studies. A wide range of modules are available in the history, analysis, and social context of Western classical music (ranging from medieval song to the study of music under fascist and communist regimes), as well as the study of popular and film music, and non'Western musical traditions, with a special focus on Middle Eastern music. An advanced solo performance option is available for those who have achieved the required prerequisites. Students receive private instrumental or vocal lessons (classical or jazz) with leading tutors in London, as well as regular group workshops throughout the year. Composition offers options in instrumental and vocal composition, studio'based composition, and composing for moving images. You will hear your compositions 'workshopped', performed and recorded by professional ensembles. Visiting professional composers will offer you perspectives on their work in the undergraduate Composition Forum. Practitioners with real'world experience teach modules in vocationally oriented applied studies ranging from sound recording and production to music business and music therapy. You will join with undergraduate students from all years in the Department's classical, jazz and world music ensembles. In Year 3 you will pursue your musical interests in depth with one'on'one guidance from a member of academic staff by choosing to undertake one or two Major Project options in Composition, Performance, and Musical Scholarship (dissertation). Students who opt for the 4 year degree can choose to take their year abroad between Years 1 and 2, or 2 and 3 of their studies at City.

Course Modules

Ensemble performance (all years) Year 1: investigating western music; music in oral cultures and studies in ethnomusicology; materials of tonal music; composition; music, sound and technology; performance. Years 2 and 3 Western music: The age of Monteverdi; historical performance practice; music, fascism, communism; music reception; 19th century opera; orchestral and instrumental studies; singing the earliest music; Wagner, Mahler and Schoenberg; words'music'theatre. Music in popular culture jazz ' its history and music; musical theatre; music, sound and the environment; popular music now; popular music studies; sound, music and the moving image; sound, art and technoculture. World music studies: African'American music studies: gospel and blues; global perspectives: the world on our doorstep; Greek musical traditions; Indonesian music studies; music traditions of the Far East; music traditions of the Middle East. Applied music studies: music business; music therapy: music and the musician in mainstream medicine; professional and community music study; sound recording an studio techniques. Composition: composing for moving images; composition ' years 2 and 3; studio composition and audio art; performance (years 2 and 3); major project (core module year 3).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBCC-BBBBB
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB-BBB
  • Tariff 128
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • BTEC National Award
  • SQA Higher AABB
  • BTEC Level 3 Specialist Extended Diploma

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The course is well organised and is running smoothly 77%
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The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 70%

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In work 50
Studying 15
Studying and working 20
Unemployed 5
Unknown 10

19% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 5%

Total Coursework: 68%

Total Practical: 27%

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