Musical Performance (BMus)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
BMus

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3290

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 9750

All study options

About Musical Performance at Brunel University London

This programme is designed for performers on any instrument or voice, who have a special interest in recent and 20th century music. It will help you to develop sensitive and imaginative approaches to musical performance, and will help you to inform your performance with an awareness of the historical and social context in which the music was written.Entry RequirementsAll candidates without either Grade C at Music A-level or equivalent or Grade 8 ABRS M, LCMM or Trinity College will be required to pass a brief entrance test, details of which will be provided upon application.GCE A and AS- level 300 tariff points from 3 A-levels plus 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification, including A-level Music (General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted)Advanced Diploma 300 tariff points in Creative and Media, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist LearningIrish 300 tariff points from 5 subjectsScottish 300 tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 HigherIBDP 31 pointsBTEC ND DDM. BTEC NC is accepted alongside other Level 3 qualifications – please contact the Admissions Tutor for more information. All BTEC candidates will be required to pass a brief entrance test, details of which will be provided upon application.Access Pass in a related subjectPractical ABRSM, Guildhall, LCMM or Trinity Grade 8 in an instrument or voice is normally required. Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants without Grade 8 may be asked to attend an interview and/or audition. For all other qualifications or combinations, contact the Admissions Tutor.Course AimsThis programme is designed for performers on any instrument or voice, who have a special interest in recent and 20th century music. It will help you to develop sensitive and imaginative approaches to musical performance, and will help you to inform your performance with an awareness of the historical and social context in which the music was written. It also helps you gain the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in music performance, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, contemporary music. Instrumental tuition is provided, and many options, such as music technology and composition, are available.Course ContentThe degree course is modular. Each module is worth 20 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme. You’ll have a wide range of modules from which to choose and you can specialise in areas that particularly interest you. The final year project requires you to carry out research on any related topic of your choice.Typical ModulesLevel 1CoreAcademic Practice Musicianship Music since 1900: Themes and Contexts Principles of Performance PracticeOptionalIntroduction to Sonic Art Music and Society Principles of Music Composition Sonic Arts Repertoire StudiesLevel 2CoreComposition for Soloists Directed Ensemble Performance Music since 1900: Experiment and Tradition Solo Repertoire DevelopmentOptionalComposition for Soloists Conducting and Realisation Improvisation Instrumentation and Orchestration Performance and Live Electronics Popular Music PracticeLevel 3CoreChamber Ensemble Extended Solo Performance Special ProjectOptionalAdvanced Improvisation Analysis and Sociology of Popular Music Special Music Topic Music since 1900: Modernism and Postmodernism Music and the Moving ImageProfessional PracticeBrunel’s School of Arts and Arts Centre have a strong tradition of practical music-making and there are a number of ensembles that you can participate in, including the New Music Ensemble, Jazz bridge, Brunel Vox and New Noise. The Arts Centre holds regular lunchtime and evening concerts featuring visiting performers, music students and staff. Music at Brunel also has associations with the London Contemporary Orchestra and Piano Circus.Teaching and LearningThe music staff includes some of the country’s leading composers and performers, with teaching and research strengths in composition (both acoustic and studio-based,) performance, musicology and socio-critical musicology. Modules on the course reflect the expertise of the staff and focus on technique and interpretation in contemporary music performance, as well as relevant cultural and historical issues.AssessmentEach subject employs a wide range of assessment methods. These include coursework, individual and group projects, oral presentations, practical work and some written examinations.CareersA high proportion of our Music graduates have either progressed to postgraduate study at a university or conservatoire or have entered the music profession as performers, composers, teachers and technicians. Others have entered arts administration, publishing, the media and management. Brunel music courses also help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce. Brunel music courses also help develop a wide range of vocational, collaborative and transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers in industry and commerce. Students have the opportunity, for example, to develop IT and highly sought-after presentation and communications skills during the course. Facts and FiguresSchool of ArtsThe School of Arts at Brunel include single and joint honours degree courses in Music and Creative Music Technology, English, Film and Television Studies and Modern Drama. Our staff are active in both research and practice, and provide expertise in a wide range of topics. Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills, develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques. Each programme develops basic skills within its discipline but allows you to explore your own particular interests through a range of optional modules. Research conducted by staff in English, Film and TV, Music and Drama provides the basis for much of our teaching, ensuring that modules are connected to debates and issues that are current within these three interdisciplinary areas. Our annual Open House festival showcases new performance work by students and visiting artists. We also benefit from the activities of the Arts Centre, which organises tuition, performances and exhibitions across a range of arts. The student radio station B1000 offers an additional extracurricular outlet for interested students. With its rich mix of Drama, Music and Film, English and TV Studies, this is a vibrant, friendly and creative place to study.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBMusHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750
  • The awardBMusHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study5 - 6 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750

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