The University of Wolverhampton

BMus (Hons)Music

Why choose this course?

This course aims to develop your musical creativity and help you acquire the skills needed to become a versatile and practical musician.

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It stimulates your innate love of music, explores and identifies what music is, what it does, what it means, and provides a structured approach to your career progression as a performer, composer, technologist, teacher or academic.

You will engage with practical music-making opportunities such as composition and song-writing workshops, recording and production, as well as concert performances.

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What happens on the course?

The course focuses on making, understanding, shaping and experiencing music, and the study of composition in a wide range of styles. You will have the opportunity to perform in different ensembles and as a solo performer. You will develop your communication skills through writing essays, delivering presentations and through the use of electronic media.

The latest music technologies will help you to discover your creativity and enable you to express and communicate it widely. In addition, research and analysis modules will enable you to understand musical structures and contribute to academic discussion and debate. All of these skills will be brought together within the professional development modules which will help you to identify and follow your desired career path.

Why Wolverhampton?

The BMus Music has a strong focus on practical performance-based work and you will create and recreate music in equal measure, enhancing your natural musical skills and ability. We are very proud of our excellent, well-established team of visiting musicians, who contribute to the programme. As a provider of music education, we are aware of the challenges you face as a learner in the 21st century so this course has been structured in a way that is contemporary, providing flexible study patterns to suit you. You will gain a fascinating insight into the world of music, broadening your horizons for lifelong learning whilst developing a creative and entrepreneurial flair ready to respond to the technological and artistic innovations of the industry.

Members of staff of the Music Department are all actively involved in research, performance and composition at a regional, national and international level, and their expertise and enthusiasm will assist you in becoming a professional musician. They will encourage you to explore new fields of music and stimulate your interest and love for the subject.

The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub, opened in 2011, has a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating single person to large band / ensemble), two high-end professional recording studios, and two bespoke technology suites boasting sixty Apple iMacs running industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Max, Pure Data and SuperCollider.

Our two recording studios offer the perfect blend of digital and analogue technologies giving students the opportunity to combine classic analogue recording technique with the flexibility and reliability digital technology provides. As well as a dedicated live room each for recording, for increased flexibility and choice of room acoustic, any of the music rehearsal rooms surrounding each studio can also be patched into the studio's control room.

Career path

A music degree opens the door to a wide range of careers, many of which will be personally fulfilling by following your interests and talents. Alternatively, music graduates have the option of continuing their studies at postgraduate level. Teaching careers are natural choices for many students who choose to work in primary or secondary education, colleges, or universities. You could also pursue a career in performance as a soloist, member of a professional orchestra or band, session musician or even in the promotion of live events. Other possible careers could be in television, film and radio by creating, arranging or producing the songs, jingles and music for advertisements.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • apply analytical, critical and creative skills to music, popular music and music technologies
  • use your knowledge and understanding of the history, theory, global and cultural context of music, popular music and music technologies
  • show the attributes of an enterprising, professional musician
  • demonstrate a sound practical ability on your principal instrument or voice
  • become an adaptable and flexible musician with the ability to work at the forefront of digital technologies
  • have confidence in communicating effectively using a range of media

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points with a minimum of 160 points from two 'A' Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • >Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

In addition a musical theory test must be completed: Download a sample test paper

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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