- Duration (years): 4
- Qualification Awarded: BMus Music - Concentrations: 1. Classical Performance, 2. Jazz Performance, 3. Music Education, 4. Creative Music Technology (BMus, 4 years)
- Level of Qualification: 1st Cycle (Bachelor’s Degree)
- Language of Instruction: English
- Mode of Study: Full-time and part-time study
- Minimum ECTS Credits: 240
Profile of the Programme
Our BMus degree provides our students with four categories of professional skills, all of which are necessary for a successful career in any area of music.
- Core practical and theoretical skills for the professional musician.
The first two years of the degree revolve around each student’s Primary Study (or principle instrument), which includes 4 hours of weekly instruction: 1 hour individual instruction, 1 hour group instruction, and 2 hours of ensemble instruction. Parallel to this intensive study on their primary instruments, our students receive professional training in keyboard and aural skills, harmony and theory, music history, and choral singing.
- A specialised qualification in a particular area of music.
- During their final two years of study, our students must complete seven courses in one of the four following concentrations:
1. Classical Performance: this consists of two more years of Advanced Primary Study, as well as courses in performance practice, analysis, and composition.
2. Jazz Performance: this also consists of two more years of Advanced Primary Study, along with courses in applied jazz harmony, improvisation, and jazz composition.
3. Music Education: students in this course gain practical and theoretical knowledge of various methodologies for teaching music to children, including actual teaching experience in local schools.
4. Creative Music Technology: this concentration trains students to compose and create new musical works with the aid of the latest advances in computers and music technology.
- Flexibility to develop one’s individual interests and talents.
- In addition to the seven courses in their concentration, music students also take an additional five courses in any area of music they wish, making the program highly adaptive to each student’s individual needs and interests.
- A well-rounded general education that prepares students to succeed in a variety of professional contexts.
All music students take between six and eight courses in the area of general studies. General education courses improve the students’ vitally important skills in written and oral communication, and develop the students’ sense of the interconnectedness of their musical training to other professional and academic fields. The choice of general education courses is largely up to the individual student.
On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to pursue a variety of professional musical activities and/or continue their studies a the post-graduate level.
Potential employment opportunities include:
- Performing musician
- Studio music instructor
- Public or private school music teacher
- Music and arts-related administration, including entrepreneurial careers.
Access to Further Studies
Upon graduation, students may have direct access to further postgraduate (MA or MMus) studies.
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, midterms, projects, and class participation. Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 240 ECTS and all programme requirements. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required.
Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required. In addition, All students must complete a junior performance recital in the third year of study. Additionally, students in the classical and jazz performance concentrations must complete a senior recital in the fourth year of study
By the end of the programme the graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate technical skills of artistic expression.
- Express knowledge of a wide variety of musical repertoire.
- Perform in a variety of ensemble situations and solo situations.
- Practice and rehearse effectively, alone and with groups.
- Demonstrate a high level of musical literacy.
- Demonstrate a high level of aural, creative, and re-creative skills.
- Communicate effectively orally an in writing.
- Demonstrate familiarity with some academic fields other than music.
- Demonstrate an advanced level of technical and expressive ability on their primary study (Classical Performance and Jazz Performance Concentrations).
- Demonstrate advanced familiarity with classical repertory (Classical Performance Concentration).
- Improvise creatively, reflecting appropriate knowledge of jazz style, harmony, and form (Jazz Performance Concentration).
- Demonstrate high understanding of theoretical principles of music education (Music Education Concentration)
- Execute a variety of pedagogical methodologies in various practical teaching situations (Music Education Concentration).
- Demonstrate a high understanding of the theory and history of the interaction of technology (Creative Music Technology Concentration).
- Use a variety of technologies to capture, create, and manipulate various forms of sound for artistic purposes (Creative Music Technology Concentration).
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Last updated January 16, 2018