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BMus in Bachelor of Music (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Music

Course Description

Music at Aberdeen is the wonderful opportunity to learn, compose and perform with world-renowned composers, conductors, musicologists and researchers working in all genres, styles and periods. You will benefit from first-class facilities and instruments and unrivalled opportunities to grow as a musician and performer, be part of the vibrant musical scene in north-east Scotland and have options to specialise in teaching music or working with music in community settings.

Aberdeen is the ideal environment and location to study music, with 500 years of musical history and heritage and a vibrant cultural identity, which celebrates the traditional while embracing the modern.

When you enter our highly-regarded BMus programme you might already have specific career aspirations including editing, writing and presenting music, composing and performing. If you are still considering your music career however, our degrees are specifically designed to give you the time to explore and develop your interests with a broad foundation in music before choosing your specific programme. You will study performance, composition and theory, musicianship and a broad overview of music history which serves as the foundation for future study and specialising in subsequent years.

You may wish to continue honing your skills as a musician and specialising in composition, performance and musicology, especially in your final year. Alternatively, you can specialise in teaching in the BMus (Education) programme, or the BMus (Music and Communities) opening opportunities for working in community education and music.

Your studies will prepare you for a wide variety of careers, not only in music but applying your skills in education, in the media and in business and there are Aberdeen graduates working in music agencies and in the management of London and Scottish orchestras.

Music at Aberdeen is the wonderful opportunity to learn, compose and perform with world-renowned composers, conductors, musicologists and researchers working in all genres, styles and periods. You will benefit from first-class facilities and instruments and unrivalled opportunities to grow as a musician and performer, be part of the vibrant musical scene in north-east Scotland and have options...

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Course Content

Music at Aberdeen offers a range of diverse courses and the performance and composition skills that you will develop will help you prepare for an exciting career in music. Some of the topics that you will explore throughout the programme include musicianship, digital musicianship, music theory, harmony and analysis, composition, music history and musicology, performance, composition, conducting, harmony and ethnomusicology.

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Key Moments 1 (MU1035) - 15 Credit Points

Key Moments 2 (MU1535) - 15 Credit Points

Performance 2 (MU1551) - 15 Credit Points

Performance 1 (MU1051) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Academic Writing for Language & Literature (AW1008)

Introduction to Music Theory and Harmony (MU1037) - 15 Credit Points

Digital Musicianship: Music Making in the Digital Age (MU1538) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

In addition to the above, select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Musicology (MU2023) - 15 Credit Points

Analysing Music (MU2523) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select at least two courses from each of the following groups:

Group 1

  • Introduction to Conducting (MU2024)
  • Composition 1 (MU2025)
  • Performance 3 (MU2026)

Group 2

  • Composition 2 (MU2525)
  • Performance 4 (MU2526)
  • Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MU2557)
  • The Emerging Musical Practitioner (MU2528)

Plus, select further credit points from courses of choice to reach 120 credit points.

Introduction to Conducting (MU2024) - 15 Credit Points

Composition 1 (MU2025) - 15 Credit Points

Performance 3 (MU2026) - 15 Credit Points

Composition 2 (MU2525) - 15 Credit Points

Performance 4 (MU2526) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MU2527) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Music and Communities (MU2522)

The Emerging Musical Practitioner (MU2528) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Optional Courses

Select 90 credit points from courses in Music, plus select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Dissertation in Music (MU4049) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 90 credit points from courses in Music Studies, with a minimum of 60 credit points from level 4.

Music at Aberdeen offers a range of diverse courses and the performance and composition skills that you will develop will help you prepare for an exciting career in music. Some of the topics that you will explore throughout the programme include musicianship, digital musicianship, music theory, harmony and analysis, composition, music history and musicology, performance, composition,...

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Entry Requirements

SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS (SQA)

Minimum 4H at BBBB - in four distinct disciplines (Music cannot be double counted). Music at Higher Grade A preferred. Typical entry across S4 to S6 is ABBB.

GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (GCE)

Minimum of 2 A Levels at BC, or 4 AS Levels at ABCC. Music A Level at minimum Grade B or AS Level minimum Grade A. Minimum of 3 additional GCSE passes.

IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE/ ARDTEISTIMEIREACHT

Minimum of 3 subjects at H3, H3, H3

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

30 points including at least a Grade 6 at Music at HL

Music Qualifications

Candidates should demonstrate musical attainment and potential. Candidates should have Grade VIII Associated Board (or equivalent) in their main instrument/voice or who show great potential and intend to take Grade VIII. Musical skills are assessed at interview, at which competence on piano will need to be demonstrated for those intending to take Music Education. Further information about the interview process is available on the Music Department website. Applicants outside the UK must also meet the above performance requirement.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS (SQA) Minimum 4H at BBBB - in four distinct disciplines (Music cannot be double counted). Music at Higher Grade A preferred. Typical entry across S4 to S6 is ABBB. GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (GCE) Minimum of 2 A Levels at BC, or 4 AS Levels at ABCC. Music A Level at minimum Grade B or AS Level...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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