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BA (Hons) Music

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Institution C58

UCAS W300

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BCC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in an instrument or voice and display musical awareness and skill. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.?For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Scholarships available for selected instruments – please?enquire?with the Head of Music.

Student view

Saara Sofia Paakko
The atmosphere at the university is lovely due to the small size of the institution, and I love being around like-minded people.

Course content

The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 400 student performers. Our facilities include computerised recording and media studios, well equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb performance venue.

Our courses are focused on practical work, with specialist routes available in: performance; composition and improvisation; musical theatre; instrumental or vocal teaching; music business and community music.

There is an extensive programme of professional concerts and masterclasses on campus, free to students, as well as the chance to experience similar events at major UK conservatoires – places where many of our students go on to study as postgraduates.

The three-year BA (Hons)?Music course can be focused on?composition, with choices in?composition through?improvisation; composing for?film and multimedia; devising for?dance; composing for music?theatre; and arranging for choirs,?ensembles and orchestras.

You will be taught by a core team of? experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue.

There is an extensive programme of professional concerts and masterclasses on campus, free to students, as well as the chance to experience similar events at major UK conservatoires – places where many of our students go on to study as postgraduates.

Why this course?

  • Study a range of different styles, genres and approaches
  • Course can be tailored to suit different strengths and interests
  • We have a large number of choirs, orchestras and ensembles students can join
  • Around 75% practical work
  • Community of 400+ student performers
  • Experience of conducting and directing other musicians
  • Emphasis on the development of skills in problem-solving, analysis, self-management and interpersonal skills

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Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.? We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.? We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue. The Music department have access to several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.? It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

The areas our graduates have progressed into include:

  • Solo Performance
  • Teaching at all levels of education
  • Musical theatre
  • Music leaders
  • Opera singers
  • Group instrumentalists
  • Cruise musicians
  • Postgraduate study options

Volunteering plays a big part in the undergraduate experience of many Music students and can be a perfect way to build your confidence and expand your skills.

You will be heavily involved with local charities – a great way to meet like-minded people and students who get involved in the local community are rewarded with a real sense of achievement and a much enhanced CV.

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.?

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

Indicative modules

Music Now

This module introduces various critical and analytical approaches that can serve to assist the student when encountering new music. A variety of skills which will prove necessary during the degree course will be explored.?Case studies of contemporary work will be introduced by tutors, and as the module progresses students will use an increasing range of practical skills to critically examine these models.

World Music

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Introduction to Popular Music

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Style & Genre

Lectures, analytical listening and set reading materials will take students on a chronological survey of the Western Art-Music tradition from it’s beginnings in ancient Greece, through the birth of polyphony, early opera, the works of Mozart and Beethoven, to the Tristan Prelude and the roots of modernism.

Popular Music in the Community

(Module information to come)

Musical Grammar

Designed to enable each student to work at their own pace, whilst moving towards a common level of achievement, the module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise students with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation.

Writing about Music

Through the introduction of a range of concepts and debates which inform our lives as musicians, this course will combine the development of a critical and analytical approach with the confidence and skill needed to express this in written form. These concepts and debates will be introduced and explored through the study and examination of a range of musics and related artworks from different styles, genres, and historical periods.

Performance Development

This module introduces various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers.?

Classicism

(Module information to come)

Modern Jazz: Seven Steps to Heaven

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The Baroque

The module explores a broad range of musical genres, ideas, styles and constructional devices from the birth of opera in 1600, through the rapid development of concerti grossi, the mass and the oraotorio, to the seminal theoretical and compositional writings of Jean-Phillippe Rameau.

Reading Popular Music

Students will explore key critical texts and concepts such as authenticity, anthropology, ethnography and textual analysis, applying these to a variety of models in contemporary popular music.

Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business.?

Music and Society

(Module information to come)

Performance Anxiety

This course will look at the problem of performance anxiety/stage nerves studying both the theoretical background and how to effectively deal with them.The course introduces a wide range of theories from relevant disciplines including cognitive behavioural therapy and neuro-linguistic programming.?

Romanticism

This course will seek to develop in students a more confident and probing analytical style with a closer exploration of compositional intention, particularly where this is allied to programmatic or narrative elements in models studied. Lectures will be supplemented by seminar discussion, individual tutorials and practical group tutorials.

Structures and Politics of Rock Music

Students will examine a broad range of contemporary musical texts in order to develop a broad definition of rock culture. The use of music technology as a facilitative device for composition and as a recording medium may be integrated into the module.

Modernism

This course will consider Modernist style in music, dividing into two sections which focus respectively on the recognised major figures of the era (Messiaen, Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School) and lesser known but important contextual figures (such as the Futurists, Varese, Cage and the Free Jazz movement). The module will also encourage active listening to the ‘difficult’ music of this period, promoting an understanding of the Modernist aesthetic.?

Club Music

The course will examine the way music is used in clubs, the motivations of clubbers themselves, and the development of the role of the DJ. . Students will be encouraged to explore the influence of club culture on mainstream commercial musics, and the significance of symbols associated with a variety of club cultures and subcultures

Expressing Music through Movement & Gesture

This course will explore the opportunities that exist for enhanced communication within the formal performance context, using the performer’s own physical projection of self and personal narrative of intention.?

Musical Event

This course will focus on one or more major performance projects and will involve opportunities for students to work creatively with a variety of ensembles and collaborations, including those which cross arts disciplines.?

Ensemble

?Students will focus on producing a professional standard in performance, demonstrating confidence within the chosen repertoire(s) and technical and expressive maturity. An appropriate balance in programming and the ability to lean towards either a supporting or leadership role, chamber or accompanied performance or accompaniment itself reflects the culmination of a progressive development of individuality as a practioner. Students will also develop their skills in hosting events and presenting the work to others.

Personal Study

To provide students with an opportunity to select an area of study of their choice, in an aspect of film acting, lecture presentation or written work, and to develop this over an extended period. For all students this provides an opportunity to develop an individual repertoire, and to present a longer and more challenging programme of research work.

Listening Skills 1

(Module information to come)

Music and Society

(Module information to come)

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of more than 40 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include?computerised?recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue.

There is an extensive?programme?of professional concerts and?masterclasses?on campus, free to students, as well as the chance to experience similar events at major UK conservatoires – places where many of our students go on to study as postgraduates.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions. Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Field trip costs

Some optional field trips ask for a student contribution (usually 50%) which can range from £50 to £250.

Audition Details and FAQs

For more information on the audition process download the Music audition booklet here.

Audition booklet

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AUDITION FAQs

I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to?chiview.chi.ac.uk and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here: help.chi.ac.uk/clearing-your-browser-data-including-cache

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails, you are welcome to email admissions@chi.ac.uk. Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via admissions@chi.ac.uk so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here: chi.ac.uk/about-us/how-find-us

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