BA (Hons) Music: Community Music

BA (Hons) Music: Community Music

On this course you will situate the principles of community music research and practice within both historical and contemporary contexts. We will cover main theories and concepts, as well as setting out basic workshop structures and practice (planning, implementation and evaluation). You will undertake work-based learning in community music settings across a range of contexts. This could include settings such as:

  • Community Centres (including Tang Hall SMART and Accessible Arts and Media)
  • Arts organisations (including NYMAZ and the National Centre for Early Music)
  • Early years and schools (including Riccall Primary School)
  • Hospitals (including York Hospital Radio)
  • Homeless shelters (including Arclight)
  • Care homes and sheltered housing (including Musical Connections)
  • Converge York courses
  • The York St John Prison Partnership Project.

This experience enables you to refine your skills in running workshops, as well as developing your understanding of self reflective practice.

You will develop contemporary perspectives in which to situate community music, both nationally and internationally. Some of the topics you will consider include:

  • Informal/nonformal learning and negotiated curriculum
  • Intergenerational and lifelong learning
  • Activism and social justice
  • Health, wholeness and wellbeing
  • Collaboration and diverse perspectives
  • Inclusion and empathetic processes.

With the encouragement and expertise of course tutors, and within the wider networks of the International Centre for Community Music (ICCM), you will be supported in developing your own unique pathway.

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

This course will prepare you for a career in music and performance. The skills you learn on this course will also be relevant to many other professions. You will build transferrable skills in communication, critical reflection and planning that can lead to a range of creative and cultural roles.

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

  • Community arts worker
  • Music therapist
  • Community musician
  • Private music teacher
  • 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
Principles of Community Music
Composition Strategies
Solo Performance Strategies

Year 3

Ensembles and Leadership
Collaborative Project
Enterprise and Employability
Professional Practices in Community Music

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