BA (Hons) Music

When you join our music degree, you choose to experience different genres and specialisms. The course gives you the chance to explore performance, composition and community music. This means you can become a versatile musician and this flexibility can help you achieve your ambitions.

You will take a practical approach to your learning. Receive tuition in your chosen instrument and take part in voice workshops. You will also perform regularly in different venues across the city from York Minster to the National Centre for Early Music.

Realise your creative potential and explore your self expression as you develop an understanding of music's place in society. Each module will allow you to explore topics such as:

  • The different elements of music
  • Vocal techniques
  • Composition
  • Ensemble performance
  • The application of music in the community
  • Future applications of your abilities

Alongside your practical learning, you will also explore the theoretical aspects of music. Working alongside your classmates, postgraduate students and your lecturers, you will research and evaluate concepts and artistic processes.

Our enthusiastic and supportive team of experienced music tutors include performers, composers, teachers and community musicians. Their musical interests include everything from jazz and metal to choral music and brass bands. A large group of instrumental and vocal teachers who cover all instruments and musical styles will also support you through your studies.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

On this course you will gain the technical and creative skills you need for a career in music. You will also build skills in communication, planning and teamwork that can lead to a range of other creative roles.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Musician
  • Music Teacher
  • Community arts worker
  • Music therapist
  • Radio producer
  • Sound technician

Course Details

Year 1

Perspectives on Music 1
Ensembles and Teamwork

Year 2

Ensemble Strategies
Perspectives on Music 2
Musical Exploration
Professional Context and Practice
Composition Strategies
Principles of Community Music
Solo Performance Strategies

Year 3

Ensembles and Leadership
Collaborative Project
Enterprise and Employability
Advanced Composition
Advanced Solo Performance
Professional Practices in Community Music

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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