Magazine article Gramophone

Music-And More: Nowadays Universities Offer Far More Than Just Traditional Music Degrees

Magazine article Gramophone

Music-And More: Nowadays Universities Offer Far More Than Just Traditional Music Degrees

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Birmingham Conservatoire

Among the courses on offer is a Masters In Performance and Pedagogy (MMus), programmes for pianists hoping to specialise in collaborative performance or as opera repetiteurs (AdvPgDip), and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music Technology (BSc/MMus/PgDip), aimed at students wishing to use technology to create, perform and distribute their work. Meanwhile, those taking the four-year undergraduate Music degree (BMus) can benefit from the performance coaching programme, which applies the principles of sports psychology to musical performance.

Goldsmiths, University of London

The three-year Music undergraduate programme CBMus) offers a professional practice scheme with training in skills such as business planning, tax. self-marketing and networking, as well as a CV development service and placements with companies ranging from BBC Radio 3 to ENO. The course also offers modules In sonic art techniques, media composition and phonography (the use of recorded real-world sounds). Further degrees offered include Music Computing (BMus/ BSc); Arts Administration and Cultural Policy: Music Pathway (MA); Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship: Music Pathway (MA): Sonic Arts (MMus); and Music, Mind and Brain (MSc), which combines studies in music psychology and neuroscience.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

All undergraduate music students at the Guildhall are trained to work in settings such as hospitals and prisons as part of the creative learning component. They also explore performance psychology, and health and wellbeing through the performance matters module. Other courses include an undergraduate degree in Electronic Music (BMus) and a two-year masters degree In Music Therapy (MA), which covers psychiatry. special education, learning disability and communication disorders. In addition, a new MA in Opera Making and Writing started this September.

Oxford Brookes University

The three-year BA Hons degree offers work placements in music education, arts administration and management, music therapy, music journalism, recording and publication and research assistantship. Other courses include a BSc in Audio Engineering and Music Production, which provides placements with companies such as Avid, Disney, Dolby and Autograph Sound.

Queen's University, Belfast

As part of the three-year undergraduate Music degree (BMus), students are offered work placements with organisations such as the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Orchestra, as well as modules In music technology. Also on offer is the three-year course in Music Technology and Sonic Arts (BSc), which embraces disciplines including electronics, computer software design, audio engineering, musical composition and acoustics.

Royal Academy of Music

Working as interns with organisations ranging from Wigmore Hall to Spitalfields Music, all students on the four-year undergraduate Music degree (BMus) have the opportunity to devise and deliver professional education projects. They can then hone the skills needed to become a skilled workshop musician by taking a specialist, hands-on 'advanced creative music leadership' option in their fourth year. Other components of the degree include a music business strand, which similarly offers work placement opportunities.

Royal College of Music

Undergraduate music students deliver workshops and receive teacher training as part of RCM Sparks, the College's learning and participation programme. They can also take options that allow them to develop applied skills such as CD production and creating websites. Other courses include the four-year undergraduate degree in Physics and Music Performance (BSc), taught jointly with Imperial College London; and a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) Masters (MSc) or PhD in Performance Science--the scientific study of the way in which music is created, learned, performed and perceived. …

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