Many of our music graduates progress to careers in teaching or community music and 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.
We are partners with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) who help to inform our curriculum. As part of the BA (Hons) Music course you will also be awarded the ABRSM’s prestigious Certificate for Music Educators.
You will study practical performance modules where you will develop your skills as both a soloist and an ensemble performer, as well as conducting, composition and arranging. You will also have the opportunity to study music in education and the community by exploring pedagogical processes and undertaking a series of placements in schools, colleges or community venues. You will use the latest technology and software for scoring, recording and engineering live music.
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.
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.
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
The Music Department is working in partnership with the ABRSM to deliver the Certificate for Music Educators (CME) as part of the degree programme. We also 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 course will be taught in the state of the art Performance Hub at the University of Wolverhampton. This landmark £18m building which opened in 2011 has featured in Gareth Malone’s BBC TV series The Naked Choir (2015) and has been used as the location for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Summer School.
Who will teach you on this course?
Anne-Marie Beaumont is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Music for Education and Community Practice. 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.
Anne-Marie Beaumont is the Module Leader for the CME modules “Professional Values and Practice” and “The Music Educator”.
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 Australia.
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).
Kevin will be teaching the CME modules “Professional Values and Practice” and “The Music Educator” as well as on the Community Practice modules.
Dr Chris Foster lectures on the undergraduate and postgraduate music programmes. He studied composition with Richard Steinitz and John Casken at Huddersfield Polytechnic in the 1980s, and later with Michael Finnissy at the University of Wolverhampton, with whom he gained his PhD in composition. He also studied flute with David Haslam (Northern Sinfonia), Alan Lockwood (BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra) and Ron Marlow (Halle Orchestra). He is also a trained teacher of the Alexander Technique and a qualified music librarian.
Chris Foster has had a varied career as a composer, music teacher and teacher of the Alexander Technique. He has also worked in the field of music librarianship. Chris has taught at the University of Wolverhampton since 2004 and lectures in a range of areas including composition, orchestration, analysis, styles and genres, music theory, music in its cultural contexts and academic skills. He also directs the University of Wolverhampton Contemporary Music Ensemble and Orchestra.
Dr Richard Glover, Reader in Music, has a wide range of experience as a performer, composer and writer in many different areas of music, from experimental and contemporary music to Jazz, electronic and pop. As an educator he has taught at various HE and FE institutions, covering composition and computer composition, musicology, performance interpretation and study skills.
As a composer he has received performances internationally from ensembles based in the UK, Europe and North America, and his portrait cd Logical Harmonies was released in late 2013 to widespread national and international acclaim. He writes and presents on issues relating to contemporary and experimental musics, and in particular the auditory and temporal experience of sustained tone and process music.
A Music degree opens the door to many careers and the BA (Hons) Music for Education and Community Practice at the University of Wolverhampton will allow you to explore a variety of career options including:
The BA (Hons) Music for Education and Community Practice will provide a breadth of practical skills and facilitate your involvement in a wide range of musical styles and contexts. 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 songwriter/composer or 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 teaching music throughout this degree and upon successful completion of Level 4 and Level 5 modules you will achieve the ABRSM Certificate for Music Educators. 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.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) has accredited this course and students who successfully pass this degree will receive the additional qualification of ABRSM’s Certificate for Music Educators (CME).
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.