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3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2022

Program description

Music

This flexible and challenging program will allow you to specialise and develop your own musical interests while acquiring a solid, broad-based education in aesthetics, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, music history and performance.

As well as the key foundations of an education in music, this program offers you a flexible and diverse range of modules. You may also be able to study topics in other Schools, subject to availability. If you would prefer to focus solely on music, consider our BMus course (which includes composition and performance as third-year major projects) as an alternative.

You will also be encouraged to join our School-led musical ensembles, representing a wide range of musical repertoires and traditions.

Distinctive features

  • You will receive fully-funded instrumental tuition on your principal study instrument if you are taking a Practical Musicianship module.
  • The Business of Music modules offer insight into the working world, as well as the opportunity to undertake a short work placement.
  • The School hosts regular composition workshops; performance masterclasses; a regular concert series; John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics; and a series of careers in music talks which provide opportunities for contact with active music professionals.
  • Opportunity to broaden your study and select modules from other subjects.
  • The opportunity to undertake major projects in musicology, analysis, and ethnomusicology in year three and minor projects in composition and performance.
  • You will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in your second year.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-BBB. Must include Music. Applicants without an A-level in Music will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate levels of music performance and theory skills (such as Grade 6/7 Music Theory).

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

The first year in Music provides the foundations foryou to take advantage of the creative and intellectual benefits of higher education.

Available modules focus on basic skills of literate musicianship: harmony and counterpoint, practical musicianship, historical and stylistic awareness of musical genres and traditions, and skills in research and writing about music. There are also modules available in composition, music history, and ethnomusicology.

You will take a minimum of 80 credits and a maximum of 120 credits in Music in year one.Students on this course can choose to study modules outside of Music, subject to availability.

Note that some modules are prerequisites, providingessential preparationfor more advanced modules if you wish to pursue them in later years.

To complement your academic study, you are actively encouraged to join the many ensembles run by the School of Music or led by students. School ensembles explore a variety of classical, jazz, contemporary, and non-Western repertoires and traditions.

Year two

In year two, study is more advanced and you will have the opportunity to consolidate your strengths while maintaining activity in a breadth of disciplines, choosing from four groups: composition and electroacoustic studies, written and practical musicianship, analytical and critical skills, and historical studies.

Our year two Business of Music modules are designed to help you better understand different branches of the music profession and give an opportunity for a short placement in an area related to music or the arts, either in one block or as a series of regular workplace visits.

You will take a minimum of 100 credits in Music in year two, and can choose to study modules outside of Music, subject to availability.

Year three

In year three, you choose again from the four subject groups, and may pursue up to two of the three 30-credit major academic projects: Dissertation, Project in Ethnomusicology, or Project in Music Analysis.

You will take a minimum of 100 credits in Music in year three and can choose to study modules outside ofMusic, subject to availability.

Unlike BMus students, BA students do not have the options of a 30-credit composition portfolio or public performance, though they may complete a shorter 20-credit composition portfolio (Composition IV) and/or an‘open’ recital in front of examiners and an invited audience (Practical Musicianship IV).

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £19,200 per year.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, such as:

  • Advanced literacy
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice)
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Coping with uncertainty/complexity
  • Creativity and innovative thinking
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management, embedded in practical musical activities
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments

Career opportunities

  • Musician
  • Teacher
  • Music journalist
  • Producer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Music Librarian

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...


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