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The University of Wolverhampton

BMus (Hons)BMus Music

Why choose this course?

The BMus (Hons) Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton aims to develop your musical creativity, and help you to acquire the skills needed to become a versatile and practical musician. This course stimulates your innate love of music, explores and identifies what music is, what music does, and what music means and provides a structured approach to your career progression as a performer, technologist, teacher or academic.

This degree offers a unique balance of scholarly research and practical musicianship to produce an all-round teacher, musician or practitioner. Our aim is to facilitate and stimulate your personal musical growth and to help you to develop confidence in your ability through both practical and theoretical elements of the course.

You will study practical performance modules where you will develop your skills as both a soloist and an ensemble performer, as well as community music leadership, composition and arranging. You will also have the opportunity to study music in the community by exploring pedagogical processes and undertaking a series of placements in community venues. You will use the latest technology and software for scoring, recording and engineering live music.

Members of staff are all actively involved in research, music education, performance and composition at a regional, national and international level and their expertise and enthusiasm will assist you in becoming a professional musician or community practitioner.

The course incorporates a variety of learning and teaching experiences including seminars, discussion groups, lectures, presentations, guest speakers and performers, visits to sites of musical importance and concert attendances. Placement opportunities are available within modules in the second and third year of this degree.

What happens on the course?

You will experience a wide variety of learning activities in Music and they will contribute to the development of your graduate attributes.

Teaching and learning will normally take place in a variety of continually evolving contexts, including an appropriate balance of the following kinds of activity:

a) Workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, laboratory or studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, discussions (both online and in class), seminars, and tutorials. You will be encouraged to apply your knowledge and understanding of critical theory to case studies within regional, national and international contexts;

b) Group and individual learning;

c) Professional placements of varying types (which will be of especial relevance in enhancing your employability and ability to be enterprising);

d) Tutor-led, (peer-group) student-led, and self-directed study;

e) Use of subject-specific and generic technologies (these will be particularly helpful in the development of your digital literacy);

f) Resource-based learning, including library work and attendance at performances

Who will teach you on this course?

Anne-Marie Beaumont is the Course Leader for the BMus Music. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in H.E., and, in recognition of this, has been awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority. She has presented her research on pedagogy in Irish music, early music and poetry, and seventeenth-century liturgical composition at international conferences in Europe, South-East Asia and the US.

With a lifelong passion for Early Music and Traditional Irish music, fostered by Prof. Mícheál O’Súilleabháin and Mel Mercier in UCC, she has conducted choirs, chamber ensembles and is the current musical director of the Hub Ceílí Band. As a practitioner/conductor Anne-Marie has performed in Ireland, the UK, the US and with her student chamber choir, Réaltanna, was invited to perform at the “Twin Towers” of KLCC in Malaysia in 2006.

As a composer for the stage, in collaboration with the playwright Peter Cann, Anne-Marie has been commissioned to write original soundscapes for productions including The Happy Prince (2016), Frankenstein by Nick Dear (2016), Play the Man (2015), andThe Black Country Mystery Plays (2011).

Anne-Marie is an active researcher and is currently engaged in “The Lichfield Part-Books’ Auralisation Project” which launched at Lichfield Cathedral in July 2017. With research partner Dr Aglaia Foteinou, this interdisciplinary project will bring to light some of the forgotten music of the seventeenth-century and the post-Restoration period.

Kevin Stannard has performed as a pianist, organist and conductor across the UK for over thirty years and more recently his interests in music education have taken him to conferences in Malaysia, China and ustralia.

He began directing choirs in 1980 and has worked with all ages including massed choirs of school children at the Wembley Conference Centre; adult choirs such as the North Cotswold Chamber Choir and close harmony group Two-Apart which he founded in 1987; student choirs such as the Oxford Gargoyles and the Howlin’ Wolves (University of Wolverhampton Chamber Choir) who won the regional heat of the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition in 2002.

Kevin has taken student choirs to perform in a number of cathedrals in the UK and on tour in Amsterdam. In 2008 he secured £25k funding to enable the Sneyd School Choir to go to Graz, Austria, for the World Choir Olympics involving two former University of Wolverhampton music students on the teaching staff. Kevin’s work with children’s singing is widely recognised and his music is published by Oxford University Press, Faber and the ABRSM.

Other work of note includes being Musical Director for CoMA East Midlands, Contemporary Music-Making for Amateurs, (1999-2002) producing a concert of songs by Pixell & Gunn at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (2004) and Kevin’s debut as organ soloist at Symphony Hall (2006).

Steve Cooper is a renowned music educator and is currently Course Leader for Popular Music where he specialises in teaching guitar, performance, harmony and songwriting. He is an acoustic and electric guitar examiner to diploma level with RGT and is currently appointed as an external examiner in Popular Music at the University of South Wales and Bournemouth University.

Steve's work on the use of the iPod as a music teaching tool is internationally recognised and was published in two peer reviewed academic journals in 2008, The British Journal of Music Education (BJME) and the Journal of Music,Technology and Education. In 2013, Steve's book 'Never Mind The Bee S#arps' was published, reaching number 1 in the iTunes (UK) music book charts.

As a guitar arranger and transcriber, Steve has completed more than fifty published works for Music Sales including album folios by Queens of The Stone Age (Songs for The Deaf), The Vines (Highly Evolved) and The Clash’s ‘Complete Chord Songbook’. Other arrangements include tracks by Foo Fighters, Morrissey, System Of A Down, Velvet Revolver, The Killers, Funeral For A Friend, Maximo Park, Nine Inch Nails and Kaiser Chiefs.

Steve Spencer is a conductor and trumpeter who has performed in a wide range of musical styles and ensembles. His performing experience encompasses Soul Bands, Brass Bands, Chamber Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras and he has rehearsed and conducted the University Choir and Orchestra in performances of classical and contemporary repertoire.

Steve is an experienced and committed music educator where he specialises in teaching the analysis and exploration of performance technique and the shaping of music in live and recorded performance.

Steve is currently working with colleagues in the development of the use of haptic feedback as a tool for the enhancement of trumpet pedagogy and investigating visual tools as a means to enhance acoustic awareness in trumpet students. He has travelled widely to present at international conferences and his work on the use of the iPod as a music teaching tool is internationally recognized. He has published in the British Journal of Music Education (BJME) and in Technology Education and Development where his chapter has been downloaded in over 100 countries.

Why Wolverhampton?

The BMus (Hons) Music degree has a strong focus on practical performance-based work and you will create and recreate music in equal measure. You will perform in a range of ensembles including Choir and Orchestra as well as in smaller instrumental popular music and contemporary performing groups; these are renowned features of the course and we have significant feedback from former students testifying to the quality of experience gained. 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 flare ready to respond to the technological and artistic innovations of the industry.

We have strong links and a history of collaboration with a variety of organisations including English Touring Opera, the NHS Wolverhampton and Turtle Key Arts to deliver community operas with school children and workshops to dementia patients across the Black Country Region. Choosing Wolverhampton allows you to participate in this wide-ranging approach to practical music-making, honing your skills in performance, leadership, pedagogy and community music.

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 many careers and the BMus (Hons) Music at the University of Wolverhampton will allow you to explore a variety of career options including:

  • Professional Performer
  • Community Music Practitioner
  • Music Teacher
  • Peripatetic Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Event Management

What skills will you gain?

The BMus (Hons) Music will provide a breadth of practical skills and facilitate your involvement in a wide range of musical styles and contexts from popular to classical to community-based ensembles. This may lead you into performance work as an instrumentalist or singer, or perhaps as leader of groups in professional, community or educational settings. You may develop your creative skills towards work as a workshop facilitator aimed at encouraging others to explore music, or prefer to work behind the scenes in music publishing and journalism or agencies, marketing and logistics. You will gain particular experience of leading community music workshops throughout this degree. The opportunities and activities that you will undertake during your studies will enable you to explore new and existing areas of interest and find avenues to pursue and apply these in your future career in Music.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • BBC from 'A' Levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • BTEC QCF Diploma D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements will be shortlisted for an audition.

The audition is an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their skill as a performer on their primary instrument. Candidates should select a piece (or two short extracts) that communicates musicality and expression rather than pure technical demands. In addition, candidates will also be asked to demonstrate an understanding of music notation.

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

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,835

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 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

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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