Music

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BCC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Music and Music Technology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

Music and Music Technology at Keele were recently rated in the top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014.

Music at Keele offers you exciting pathways through the creation, performance and study of music across a diversity of styles, periods and traditions. Alongside opportunities to perform and compose your own music, you can explore music’s history, aesthetics, theory, analysis, and social impact. You can combine areas to create an individual degree that reflects your own musical interests and passions, and you’ll be able to study components of Keele’s Music Technology programme, where students work on sound design, music production, sonic arts, software development and audio-visuals. Music at Keele is a hub of world-class researchers, composers, performers and musicologists, including specialists in film and TV music, contemporary music, classical music, world music and pop. The musical life on campus is extraordinarily rich. As a Keele music student you’ll have access 24/7 to our purpose-built practice rooms and studios, and also to an extensive music library. You’ll have opportunities to play with orchestras, choirs, ensembles and bands, and to attend amazing concerts, gigs and workshops by world-leading musicians.

Studios and Facilities

 

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Music.

First year

Core modules:

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • Sonic Arts Repertoire
  • Active Listening 

Optional core modules:

  • Ensemble Performance
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Popular Music
  • World Musics

Elective modules:

  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Surround Sound
  • Sound Recording
  • Composing with Sound

Second year

Optional core modules:

  • Stravinsky, Russian Traditions and Legacy OR
  • Music in German Culture
  • Orchestration OR
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film

Elective modules:

  • Stravinsky, Russian traditions and Legacy
  • Chamber Music
  • Indian Music
  • Meaning in Sonic Arts
  • Audio-Visual Composition
  • Interactive Real-time Composition
  • Music in German Culture
  • Solo Performance 
  • Intermediate Composition
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Music in the Community 
  • Orchestration
  • Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • Creative Sound Design
  • Record Production in Theory and Practice

Third year

Core modules:

Music Independent Study Projects (ISP) :Dissertation 2, Recital and Composition 2:

  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century
  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Analysis Project
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century Project

Optional core modules:

  • Composition 1
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century
  • Analysis Project
  • Dissertation 1*  

Elective modules:

  • Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music
  • Music Programming
  • Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation
  • Music Programming Project
  • Music Technology Dissertation 2
  • Music Technology Dissertation 1*
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

*These modules run as single (15-credit) modules all year. 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Music.

First year

Core modules:

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • Active Listening 

Optional core modules:

  • Ensemble Performance
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Popular Music
  • World Musics
  • Instrumental Lessons

Elective modules:

  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Sonic Arts Repertoire
  • Music Theory
  • Sound Recording
  • Surround Sound
  • Composing with Sound

Second year

Optional core modules:

  • Stravinsky, Russian Traditions and Legacy OR
  • Music in German Culture
  • Orchestration OR
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film

Elective modules:

  • Chamber Music
  • Stravinsky, Russian traditions and Legacy
  • Indian Music
  • Music in German Culture
  • Solo Performance
  • Music in the Community
  • Intermediate Composition
  • Unheard Melodies: Music in the Narrative Film
  • Orchestration

The following elective modules count towards your overall credit requirements but not towards your dual honours degree requirement:

  • Real-Time Sound Processing
  • Meaning in Sonic Arts
  • Audio-Visual Composition
  • Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • Creative Sound Design
  • Record Production in Theory and Practice

Third year

Core modules:

Music Independent Study Projects :Dissertation 2, Recital and Composition 2:

  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century
  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Analysis Project
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century Project

Optional core modules:

  • Composition 1
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Music and Literature in the Long 19th Century
  • Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Research in Music Psychology
  • Dissertation 1*  

Elective modules:

The following elective modules count towards your overall credit requirements but not towards your dual honours degree requirement:

  • Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music
  • Music Programming
  • Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation
  • Music Programming Project
  • Music Technology Dissertation 2
  • Music Technology Dissertation 1*
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1

*These modules run as single (15-credit) modules all year. 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 19%
  • Guided independent study – 81%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 19%
  • Guided independent study – 81%

 Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 12%
  • Guided independent study – 88%

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Your Music degree from Keele will prepare you for a wide range of rewarding career paths. Many music graduates apply their transferable creative and intellectual skills to careers including media production, finance and banking, the law, publishing, broadcasting, marketing and consultancy. Keele Music graduates often continue their studies at PGCE, master’s and PhD level. You could also go on to work as a performer, composer, teacher (at all levels of education), music therapist, community musician, private tutor or sound technician, or in arts administration, orchestras, bands, a recording company, publishing, game design, film, radio and television.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Music with Foundation Year: W300 View Unistats for this course

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

On the Music Programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if you study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Entry Requirements for 2017 entry

The entry requirements for our Music course are detailed on our entry requirement webpages for those studying A level qualifications, BTEC, Access or International Baccalaureate qualifications and further guidance for other qualifications.

Keele University Unconditional Offer Scheme

This scheme enables Keele to recruit exceptional students to a small number of targeted subject disciplines.  It is intended to attract the highest calibre students who we believe will make a substantial contribution to the University’s continued and future success.

Successful Music applicants for this scheme will demonstrate outstanding performance skills in their chosen instrument, motivation to study at a higher level, and a strong commitment [1] to study at Keele.

[1] Students will need to choose Keele as their first (firm) choice in order to gain an Unconditional offer through this scheme.

How does the scheme work?

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for the unconditional offer scheme at the time of their offer. Their offer will be initially conditional but will be changed to Unconditional once they have accepted Keele as their first (firm) choice. Offers will be transmitted to them via UCAS Track. 

How does the University select which applicants will receive an unconditional offer?

The University considers a number of indicators:

  • exceptional performance skills
  • outstanding academic achievement (achieved and predicted)
  • an exceptional personal statement that shows evidence of excellent motivation, commitment, initiative and interpersonal skills
  • strong academic reference

Further details about how the scheme works can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions.