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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the richness of music making in the past and the present. You will hone your performance skills to a high level, and follow a distinctive programme that prepares you for a wide range of careers and for freelance work where you may combine performing with teaching and arts administration. You will develop skills – in music theory, techniques of composition and on the keyboard – which you need to succeed as a creative musician in the twenty-first century.Our approach to performance, history and employability is holistic. You will learn how music is made, how it is consumed, and how it relates to cultural change: studying music from the middle ages to the present day. These historical themes will shape you as a performer who understands audience engagement with music in the past, the present and the future. Our performance and history modules will connect you to the wider city and community, through partnerships with cultural organisations, such as the Newcastle Lit and Phil Library and Newcastle Cathedral.The degree has been designed alongside a Foundation Year in Music, which offers an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed for degree-level work.What makes our degree distinctive is the way in which your real-life work as a musician is prepared through a specially tailored programme in which, in addition to your performing and musicological studies, you will learn how to teach your instrument and how to manage in your career as a musician.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 16,000per year

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UCAS Points : 120

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculatorSubject Requirements:Performing at grade 7 level or above in Music Performance, or a recognised equivalent, and the ability to read music (staff notation). GCSE Requirements:Applicants will need


University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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  • Campus address

    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

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