Music Performance BMus(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

If you are a classical, jazz, or popular musician who wants to focus on developing your performance skills to an exceptional level, then this course is for you. It is designed for expert musicians with a passion for solo work, band and ensemble performance, and improvisation across a variety of styles and contexts. You'll also have opportunities to study composition, songwriting, musicology, and technology modules that will enhance and support your development as a performer.

Why study Music Performance at Huddersfield?

  • You will study in state-of-the-art professional standard facilities, with access to a range of rehearsal spaces, industry-standard recording studios, two dedicated concert halls, and a large selection of equipment and instruments.
  • You’ll be taught by leading academics, a number of whom are also professional performers with active international careers as soloists and ensemble members.
  • You’ll have up to 20 hours of individual tuition per year on your main study, provided by our team of expert instrumental and vocal tutors and supplemented by a range of masterclasses and workshops by visiting professionals.
  • QS World University Subject Rankings 2021 ranked the University of Huddersfield 8th in the UK for 'Performing Arts', and we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for our ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'.
  • You’ll be involved in an array of ensembles, choirs and bands, including orchestra, symphonic winds, brass band, various classical and pop choirs, big band, funk, soul, folk and reggae groups, and your own originals bands.

The BMus Music Performance course is designed for outstanding performers who want to concentrate on developing as a solo and ensemble musician across popular or classical music genres. You can work in ensembles and bands throughout your course as well as receiving one-to-one tuition on your voice or instrument from our expert tutors. With the support of our amazing performance and production facilities and staff, you will develop as a creative, practical and versatile musician through modules such as conducting, song writing, improvisation and orchestration. Whether your ambition is to be a session musician, a brass band director, an opera singer or touring guitarist BMus Music Performance will help you build the foundations of your musical journey.

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Emily Worthington, Senior Lecturer in Music

Course detail

Core modules:

Solo Performance 1

Supported by regular individual lessons with one of our professional visiting instrumental and vocal teachers, you will develop your technical skills and musical insight as a solo performer. An in-lesson technical test and end of year recital will be used to assess your progress, and you will have access to a variety of masterclasses and workshops.

Performance Skills 1

You will gain hands-on experience of a variety of key musical skills: improvisation; aural awareness; ensemble performance; and evaluating your own and others' performances. A wide range of styles and genres will be explored, and you will work with musicians relevant to your specialism as a pop, classical, or jazz performer.

Introduction to Music Research

You will learn how to be a successful and confident independent researcher, gaining the skills to investigate music and musicians across a range of styles and genres appropriate to your course. Lectures and seminars will explore the musical links between aesthetics, society, politics, and technology, and you will focus your coursework on repertoire and issues that matter to you.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

Theory and Analysis of Popular Music

You will explore the musical building blocks of popular music, developing an understanding of key theoretical principles such as melody, harmony, rhythm, arrangement, and form. This will allow you to investigate a number of key works in detail, giving you an insight into how music works in ways that will also help to develop your creativity as a performer or composer. An in-class test and coursework will be used to assess your progress.

Introduction to Analysis

Equipping you with a range of techniques and methods for understanding music, this module will give you the skills to analyse both classical and popular repertoire. You will develop complementary skills in critical listening, score-reading, and contextualising music, with coursework assignments to track your progress.

Plus choose one from a list which may include:

Technology for Music

This module takes a hands-on approach to various aspects of music technology, giving you the skills to feel confident working in today's creative industries. You will learn how to use music notation and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) applications like Logic Pro, alongside location and concert hall recording techniques.

Desktop Music Production 1

This module will introduce you to relevant techniques and technologies for computer-based music production, including sequencing, sampling, arrangement, and a variety of other sound processing techniques. A range of practical work - both technical and creative - will develop your critical listening and production skills, and seminars will support you in applying these techniques to your own creative work.

Plus choose one from a list which may include:

Songwriting 1

This module equips you with the skills needed for success as a contemporary songwriter. You will learn about lyric and melody writing, chord progressions and song structure. Using different arrangements, and a variety of compositional and vocal techniques, you will explore a range of songwriting styles and genres, helping you to develop your own individual creative voice.

Composition 1

Seminars and small group tutorials will help you explore the fundamentals of musical composition - melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre and texture - supported by performances and workshops by visiting artists and ensembles. Preliminary exercises will help you develop your creative skills towards an original portfolio of compositions for piano, voice, and strings.

Stylistic Composition

This practical module is ideal for aspiring commercial composers. You will examine a range of musical approaches from the Baroque through to contemporary music, and develop an in-depth understanding of how various styles and genres work - as well as how current film and videogame composers make use of them professionally. You will create your own original music for assessment.

Entry requirements

To find out if you’re eligible to start this course in September 2021 and get more information on how to apply, please see our Clearing pages or call our Clearing Helpline on 0333 987 900001484 472777.

If you’re interested in studying this course in September 2022, please view the 2022-23 course information.

In addition to the academic entry requirements, you will also need:

Admission to this course is strictly by audition.

For international students:

We understand international and mature students may not have traditional Music or Music Technology qualifications, and are happy to accept a portfolio from you to demonstrate skills relevant to the course. For applicants to our specialist Music Performance degree, you will need to audition by sending us links to videos of you performing two contrasting pieces. You should be equivalent to at least grade 8 ABRSM standard for the Music Performance course. We will also ask you to demonstrate your understanding of music theory to around grade 5 ABRSM (this could come from a graded exam, harmony exercises, or notated compositions in any style).

If you are able to attend an in-person audition then you may find the information here helpful.

Placements


In addition to the short term (8 week) work placement in your final year Work and Professional Practice module, this course offers you the opportunity to take an optional one-year (48 week) work placement after your second year, in the UK or abroad. Previous placement providers have included BBC Music Magazine, Kirklees Music School, AVID, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Buxton Opera House and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

For more information visit our placements page

During my final year, I was on placement with Cumbria Music Service, which gave me a valuable insight into the day to day life of a Peripatetic Music Teacher. I can use the experience gained during this placement to good effect in the future.

music student

Daniel McLaughlin, Music BMus(Hons)

The Music Department

For more information regarding the Music department at the University of Huddersfield, please click the images below

Your Career


Studying Music Performance at Huddersfield provides numerous opportunities for you to develop the professional skills and connections that will help you succeed in the field as a graduate. Every aspect of our courses - performance, composition, musicology, education, and arts administration - includes significant opportunities to work alongside leading music professionals in workshops, masterclasses, rehearsals and in a working environment.

A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include Warminster School, Elmhurst Ballet School and Nottingham Music School. Many graduates go on to work freelance and establish a portfolio career while many go on to postgraduate study.**

*Percentage of graduates from this course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by major commissions, performances, recordings, and publications.

In the 2014 REF, 85% of music research at Huddersfield was judged to be Internationally Excellent, with 44% of the overall submission ranked as ‘World-Leading’. In addition to a strong profile of individual research outputs, Huddersfield’s research environment for music was ranked alongside Edinburgh, Southampton, Royal Holloway and Cambridge. The impact of Huddersfield’s music research received the second highest possible score. This acknowledged the breadth and reach of research at Huddersfield, with case studies encompassing innovations in music technology and audio software, historically-informed performance practice in early music, and intercultural exchange in music composition as a model for social change.

For more information, please refer to our research pages.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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