Northumbria University Newcastle - Music BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Music BA (Hons)

Music BA (Hons) at Northumbria University allows you to call the tune on your music career!

With 20 hours of individual instrumental or vocal tuition per year, which works out at an hour a week, modules in instrumental or vocal teaching, classroom teaching, and a selection of music history modules, this course allows you to pursue your passion in a way that can lead to many musical career pathways.

The music facilities at Northumbria situate brand new musical instruments inside carefully considered spaces. Our world-class Steinway piano is in The Great Hall, Sutherland Building, where the grand Grade II Listed architecture enhances each note, and spacious practice facilities are found in the basement.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

Applicants should be performing at grade 7 level or above in Music Performance, or a recognised equivalent, and the ability to read music (staff notation).

Applicants not taking graded music examinations will be considered, and you may be asked to attend an online audition. You should ensure that your musical experience is detailed in your personal statement.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants may be asked to submit a video recording demonstrating their performance ability, and have a discussion with academics about their application.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Our aim is to produce graduates who are creative thinkers, with the ability to apply their in-depth knowledge of music in a professional setting. At Northumbria, our partnerships with cultural organisations, such as Newcastle Cathedral, the Samling Institute for Young Artists and Newcastle Lit & Phil, expose you to real working and performance environments. We work with music hubs (which deliver instrumental/vocal teaching to schools) to provide you with opportunities to go out on teaching placements. In collaboration with Trinity Exam Board, we have hosted several events relating to music teaching and graded examinations. Your engagement with teaching opportunities, and your growing understanding of the music industry, will shape you into a musician ready for a freelance portfolio career and to set yourself up in business.

You will be able to gain experience valuable to the world of arts administration, and there is an additional option to take a year of work experience, or study abroad, in the middle of your degree.

Course Details

In performance, 20 hours of one-to-one teaching on your instrument or voice is complemented by seminars which cover areas such as practising, performance anxiety and interpretation, as well as providing a forum in which you can perform to your peers. There are opportunities to perform both on campus and further afield, to attend concerts and open rehearsals, and to participate in masterclasses.

There is a practical dimension to studying music history at Northumbria, which introduces you to how to research music. You will find yourself off-campus, visiting libraries, archives and other institutions where you will engage with original source materials. More traditional teaching methods still have their place: lectures provide you with information and prompts for further reading; seminars may be based around group discussion of musical texts or broader questions, and are often led by students.

Year 1

Millennium of Music (Part I) (Core,20 Credits)
Performance 1 (Core,20 Credits)
Techniques of Composition, Harmonic Analysis and Improvisation (Core,20 Credits)
Essential Skills for the 21st-Century Musician (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Music Education (Core,20 Credits)
Millennium of Music (Part II) (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year 2

Your Graduate Future (Optional,20 Credits)
The Art of Power: Tudor Court Culture (Optional,20 Credits)
Making Music History (Core,20 Credits)
Music History Project (Core,20 Credits)
Performance 2 (Optional,20 Credits)
Recital 1 (Optional,20 Credits)
Techniques of Composition, Harmonic Analysis and Improvisation 2 (Optional,20 Credits)
History of Musical Instruments (Optional,20 Credits)
Preparation for Music Teaching (Optional,20 Credits)
Student Tutoring (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year 3

Humanities Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Humanities Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year 4

The Art of Power: Tudor Court Culture (Optional,20 Credits)
Popular Music on Film and Television (Optional,20 Credits)
Dissertation in Music (Optional,40 Credits)
Performance 3 (Optional,20 Credits)
Recital 2 (Optional,20 Credits)
Seventeenth-Century Keyboard Music in the British Isles: its Creation, Use and Place in Society (Optional,20 Credits)
The Craft of the Music Teacher (Optional,20 Credits)
Edition of Music (Optional,40 Credits)
Music, Festivals & Events for Music Students (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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