Music 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Music at Keele is a hub of world-class musicologists, composers and performers, including specialists in film and TV music, contemporary classical music, world music and pop. The musical life on campus is rich and varied.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: W301

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Course Overview

As a Keele Music student, you’ll have opportunities to play and sing with orchestras, choirs, ensembles and bands, and to attend free concerts, gigs and workshops by world-leading musicians. You’ll also have access 24/7 to our purpose-built practice rooms, recording and project studios, and to an extensive music library.

The Music degrees at Keele focus on the creation, performance, meaning and uses of music from a diversity of styles, periods and traditions. Alongside opportunities to perform and compose your own music, and to do module-based work placements in the local community, you can investigate topics including music’s history, aesthetics, theory, and social impact. You can combine areas to create an individual degree that reflects your musical interests and passions, for instance by studying components of Keele’s Music Technology programme, where students work on sound design, music production, software development and audio-visuals. Popular combinations with Music include English, Mathematics, and Psychology.

Music is central to our lives and, consequently, to a massive variety of careers. A Music degree from Keele, though, will prepare you for a wide range of rewarding career paths in music – and beyond. Did you know, for example, that as a music graduate you could apply your creative and intellectual skills to careers including media production, finance and banking, the law, publishing, broadcasting, marketing and consultancy?

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Music graduates often continue their studies at PGCE, Masters and PhD level. You could go on to work as a teacher (at all levels of education), performer, composer, 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.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • World Musics
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Popular Music

Second year

  • Music in German Culture
  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film
  • Music in the Narrative Film
  • Indian Music
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)
  • Instrumental Teaching (work placement module)

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Recital
  • Composition
  • Contextual Studies
  • Approaches to Music Analysis
  • Music Ethnography Methods

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

30

60

90

0

30

2

0

90

120

0

30

3

0

90

120

0

30

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music. You MUST take both Compulsory modules, at least two optional modules from group A, and at least a further two modules from anywhere within group A or group B, thereby accumulating a minimum of 90 credits in Music in year 1.

n.b. Option group B are available modules from the Music Technology programme.

Your remaining 30 credits must be selected either from additional Music/Music Technology modules listed in groups A and B, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules group A

Credits

Twentieth-Century Musics

15

Instrumental Lessons*

15

Music Theory

15

n.b. a maximum of 3 of the following 4

modules will be delivered

 
   

Introduction to Composition

15

   

World Musics

15

   

Popular Music

15

   

Ensemble Performance

15

       
   

Optional Modules group B

 
   

Sonic Arts Repertoire

15

   

Sound Recording

15

   

Audio Fundamentals

15

   

Composing with Sound

15

*Students who elect to take instrumental lessons are strongly advised to register for four semester 1 modules and three semester 2 modules to balance their workload.

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music. You MUST take two Optional modules from group A (30 credits), and at least a further four modules from anywhere within groups A, B or C (60 credits), thereby accumulating a minimum of 90 credits in Music in year 2.

n.b. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music Technology programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music Technology modules available as options in year 1.

Your remaining 30 credits must be selected either from additional Music/Music Technology modules from groups A, B or C, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. a maximum of 7 of the following 9 modules will be delivered from groups A and B

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Indian Music

15

Intermediate Composition

15

Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film

15

Music in the Community OR Peripatetic Teaching

15

Music in German Culture

15

Chamber Music

15

Theory and Analysis

15

Solo Performance

15

   

Orchestration

15

       
   

Optional modules group C

 
   

Realtime Sound Processing

15

   

Creative Sound Design

15

   

Meaning in Sonic Arts

15

   

Record Production in Theory and Practice

15

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music. In year 3 you MUST take a Music ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B and C.

n.b. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music Technology programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music Technology modules available as options in years 1 and 2.

Your remaining 30 credits must be selected either from additional Music/Music Technology modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition 2 (ISP)*

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1*

15

       
   

Optional modules group C

 
   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)**

30

   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 **

15

   

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming ***

15

   

Music Programming ISP***

30

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

** You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

***You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Music.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az