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BA (Hons) Music Studying Abroad Option Available Sandwich Year Option AvailableUCAS Code:M465Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-TimeStart Dates:September 2020Department:Department of Performing ArtsLocation:Edge Hill UniversityExample Offers:BBB (A Level) or DDM (BTEC) Combine practical learning with academic study todevelop and explore your own specific interests; Gain a solid grounding in the specific creativetraditions of music while appreciating thecomplexities of music and sound in-depth.This degree takes a broad view of music and will developa wide variety of skills. You will study a number of musicgenres in equal measure, including traditional, popular,classical and contemporary. The programme has beendesigned for students who are enthusiastic about musicand wish to explore and develop their dexterity andinsight as professional performers, composers, sounddesigners, teachers, producers and researchers. You willhave plenty of opportunity to provide music for projectsin film, television, animation, theatre and dance.View full entry criteria below Develop skills in musicianship, practicalperformance, composition and musicology; International Students Can Apply1Published 14 Nov 2018, 15:34

Course in DepthWhat will I study?Students are required to reflect upon their learning ineach assessment and summarise their developmentregularly.Year 1 will develop your skills through an introduction tocomposition and synthetic sound design, as well asexamining a range of music genres and considering thesocial role of music. If you play an instrument, or sing well,you will have a regular lesson to enhance your techniqueand musicianship. Those who cannot read and writemusic fluently will study a Music Literacy module.There are no formal written examinations as part of thecurrent assessment methods on this programme.Who will be teaching me?The programme will be taught by specialists in the area ofmusic composition, songwriting, music production, musictheory and music education. All teaching staff areresearch active across these fields. Teaching is deliveredby colleagues in Performing Arts and Media, supportedby music practitioners and technical staff, together withpart-time industry professionals and academicspecialists, offering a wide range of learning experiencesand music industry networking.Year 2 will develop your artistry and expand your skillsand experience in analysing music. You will have theopportunity to enhance your techniques in making,composing and arranging music, with additional electivechoices to study film music, studio techniques, musiceducation, listening studies, music policy and analysis.You will also be introduced to methods of research.Year 3 will develop and consolidate a portfolio of work toenhance graduate employment, principally through adissertation project which will demonstrate a moreautonomous and professional approach to research,performance, composition and production. You will alsohave the opportunity to study issues around writingabout music, ethnography, intellectual property andmusic management.A Great Study EnvironmentHow will I study?The programme will be delivered through a combinationof lectures, seminars, practical workshop classes,production and studio projects, independent creativework and personal research. You will acquire critical andcreative skills which will be of use in a wide range offuture careers. You will develop a personal portfolio andprepare practice CVs for employment, supported bydedicated sessions in personal development planning.Performing Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoyindustry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The 7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses theUniversity’s Performing Arts Department in addition tothe Rose and Studio Theatres.How will I be assessed?Assessment is through practical and written work,including essays, portfolios, seminar presentations, studioand computer-based projects, workshop performancesand full scale performances. All practice demandstheoretical justification, so most modules will requireeither a piece of writing or an oral presentation. department’s outstanding resources ensure you gainpractical experience to a professional standard.Contemporary performance environments include dancestudios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a2Published 14 Nov 2018, 15:34

theatre construction workshop, costume constructionworkshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digitalsound studio, digital design suite, music technology room,music practice studios, a recital room and an outdooramphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as afully-equipped aerial performance space.journals, including Grove Music Online, Rock's Back Pages,and the Naxos music stream.Music students at Edge Hill attend the annual musicfestival, Liverpool Sound City, of which the University is apartner. This event fuses a music festival with a musicconference, providing you with the opportunity tonetwork with a range of industry speakers andprofessional musicians, as well as experiencing live musicacross the city. Edge Hill students have also wonprestigious awards at the festival, including the UKStudent Music Award (2013) and the UK StudentInnovation Award (2014).Music production and audio post-production studioscome equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digitalrecording systems with C 24 control surfaces, as well asWaves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones(AKG, Coles, Neumann, sE, Electro Voice, etc).Dedicated Mac labs provide access to the latest audiosoftware (AVID ProTools 11, Apple Logic X,Propellerhead Reason 7, Adobe SoundBooth CE, AVIDProTools 11, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate,Sibelius), and several dedicated rehearsal rooms, whichprovide electronic keyboards (Yamaha, Kawai), and arange of acoustic and electric guitars (Fender, Gibson,Gretsch, Martin, Taylor, etc), effects modules and practiceamps. A selection of acoustic pianos, grand and upright,are housed in the Department of Performing Arts.Consolidating Edge Hill's commitment to music, theUniversity has also launched The Label Recordings, anindependent label without contracts. This has beenestablished by the University to promote existing newmusic and to equip you with some real-world, hands-onexperience in a competitive industry.The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high qualityproductions and performers, including comedy, dance,drama and music, designed to supplement PerformingArts programmes and entertain both students and thelocal community.The University library stocks a comprehensive range ofmusic books and scores, e-books and specialist music 14 Nov 2018, 15:34

ModulesLevel 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)MUS1164: Is This Music? Understanding Sound in Society (20 credits)Is This Music? Understanding Sound in Society primes you to formulate a vocabulary and repertoire of concepts so asto communicate with clarity on the subjects of music and sound. The module introduces you to the sociology andpsychology of music and encourages you to reflect on your own musical activities in the context of other practices andtheories. It covers a wide range of musical customs, Western and non-Western, classical and popular, past and present,although it focuses on musical and social developments since the Industrial Revolution. The aim is for you tounderstand not just how these customs connect with music, but why they do so, and how that engagement comparesto that of others in the world.MUS1165: Music Since 1945 (20 credits)Music Since 1945 surveys the main historical, technical and cultural developments across a range of music genres fromthe end of World War Two to the present. 1945 is chosen because it provides a convenient moment from which styles,tendencies, technologies and affinities emerge, develop, and attract counter-movements. You will be introduced to theoutput and ideologies of artists while exploring significant music texts from the fields of popular music, jazz, worldmusic, experimental and Western art music (symphonic, music theatre and electronic music).MUS1169: Creative Music Technology (20 credits)Creative Music Technology introduces you to techniques for studio and desktop-based composition. You will identifyand analyse concrete (sample-based) approaches to composition within contemporary electronic music. A creativeexploration of recording studio technology, sampling, sequencing and arranging will enable you to develop knowledgeof a variety of techniques that can be applied within musical compositions. You will create your own sounds 'fromscratch' in a recording studio. These sounds will then be used in compositions or sound design projects. This processrequires you to develop essential technical skills, critical listening and attention to detail.MUS1170: Ensemble Performance (20 credits)Ensemble Performance assists you in developing skills and confidence in musical performance. Practical workshopswill enable you to develop your skills in composition, arranging, performance strategies and improvisation. Through aseries of collaborative small-group projects, you will develop arrangements of existing or original material to beperformed in a public setting at the end of the module. You will produce all aspects of the final performance, such asstaging, stage management and live sound, thereby gaining knowledge and understanding of this key area of musicalpractice.You will select two of the following modules:MUS1008: Performance Study (20 credits)Performance Study is the first stage in which you are taught technique and musicianship, on an instrument or vocally,along a progressive path set by professional specialists. The module will generally be taught in one-to-one, hour-longweekly sessions (ten per semester).MUS1010: Ear, Voice, Song (20 credits)Ear, Voice, Song will develop your musicianship skills through 'ear training'; that is, listening, imitating, improvising andinventing, using the voice and the body. Working through five phases of practice, class activity will include ensemble 14 Nov 2018, 15:34

vocalisation and rhythmic exercises from around the world, focused on intervals, melodic shapes, basic rhythmic andmetric patterns, ostinati, conducting patterns, dynamics, textural balance, modes, harmonies and simple tonality. Thiswill lead into the composition and performance of song through collaborative studio sessions.MUS1168: Music Literacy (20 credits)Music Literacy is designed to assist those who cannot read conventional music notation or who have not yet reachedthe standard represented by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theoryexamination. The module will introduce you to time-based and pitch-based notation, basic principles of writing melody,harmony and counterpoint, varieties of rhythmic notation, simple phrasing, and descriptive terms in various languages.At the end of the module, you will have the required knowledge and skills to be able to successfully achieve the ABRSMGrade 5 Theory standard.Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree.A single Language module can be studied instead of one of the optional modules above.Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)MUS2058: Researching Media and Culture (20 credits)Researching Media and Culture provides an overview of the main research methodologies in research in thehumanities (media, music, performing arts). You will learn to identify, justify and implement appropriate methods andtechniques, in accordance to the topic and type of the research project. The module will also encourage you to thinkindependently and reflect upon the ethical constraints of research and professional conduct.MUS2063: Music Analysis (20 credits)Music Analysis provides an introduction to the study and discussion of musical forms, structures and styles acrossgenres, with equal attention to popular music, classical music and jazz. The module introduces you to the modes ofmusic analysis, i.e. the detailed study of works and events, in order to reveal their structures and essential features andto compare the creative methods by which they were realised. The module is designed to foster your communicativeskills in describing and explaining to others the features of a work of music. Sessions will involve aural analysis ofrecorded music and the related studying of notation.You will select four of the following modules:MUS2014: Music Policy (20 credits)Music Policy forms an introduction to ideas and issues around the practice of music policy. Crossing a variety of areasof interest – from censorship to propaganda, excription to licensing – and sites of action (from local government to theglobal policies of media corporations), the module will offer cultural context to the sanctioning of prescribed orproscribed music activity and its force as an agent of resistance. Sessions will introduce legal and administrativeperspectives and examine how policy is generated, the characteristics of policy in action, and conflict betweeninstitutional positions.MUS2056: Recording and Mixing (20 credits)Recording and Mixing focuses on the recording of music and develops the theoretical knowledge and practical skillsneeded in a modern studio environment. You will be exposed to current hardware and software which will provide youwith a real-world experience appropriate to the industry. In addition, the practical elements of the module will beunderpinned by relevant theory, established principles and working practices, thus allowing you to exploit the dynamicelements of music for creative purposes. Exploration, analysis and experimentation with audio technology willculminate in the creation of music for use in media or performance. 14 Nov 2018, 15:34

MUS2057: Production and Mastering (20 credits)Production and Mastering builds upon recording and mixing and allows you to further enhance the critical listeningskills necessary for completing both the final mix of a piece of music and its distribution. You will explore andexperiment with advanced music production techniques using current industry standard hardware and software.Attention is given to the spectral and spatial enhancement of music during the final mix process. Engagement with theaudio technology will result in a composition suitable for delivery via a range of listening media.MUS2060: Performance Development (20 credits)Performance Development is the intermediate stage in which you are taught technique and musicianship, on aninstrument or vocally, along a progressive path set by professional specialists. The module will generally be taught inone-to-one, hour-long sessions, supported by related classes focused on collaborative projects and improvisatorystrategies.MUS2067: Listening Studies (20 credits)Listening Studies will develop your skills in listening and in appraising what listening is as an occupation of the brainand mind. The module will also consider the psychology of 'the musical mind' and the social history of listening, frompubs and festivals to the iPod. Above all, the module will enable you to consider, annotate and critique live musicperformance across a variety of popular music genres through a series of projects, thereby expanding your vocabulary,your means of communication, and your experience of music as an act of performance.MUS2165: Music for Learning, and Learning for Music (20 credits)Music for Learning, and Learning for Music is an optional project practice based module where you are expected todemonstrate a level of independence in the planning and delivery of a music project in an educational setting. Thedevelopment of the project will be documented in an appropriate way according to the educational context.MUS2170: Soundtracks (20 credits)Soundtracks critically examines the relationship between music and moving images in cultural contexts such as film,television, video games, advertising, animation and interactive performance. You will interrogate the communicativepotential of musical scores and soundtracks, whether sourced or underscored, in order to explore the discourses ofvisual culture and how they are amplified by ascribed non-visual (sonic) traits. Of equal note has been the applied useof ambient soundscapes, foregrounded music and songs. In the main, the module takes the view of the composer andsound designer, focusing on the contextual history and development of their role. Ultimately, you will create a musicscore or soundscape to a given film extract.MUS2171: Electronic Music and Sound Design (20 credits)Electronic Music and Sound Design engages you in a creative exploration of sound synthesis techniques, equippingyou with knowledge and skills to inform the production of distinctive and highly flexible sounds for use in a variety ofapplied musical contexts. The module will develop your understanding of fundamental concepts and repertoires ofrelevance to digital audio, enabling you to identify and analyse synthetic approaches to composition and sound designwithin contemporary digital and electronic music. The acquisition of technical and theoretical knowledge will bedemonstrated through the completion of a number of compositional assignments and original compositions.MUS2172: Applied Composition (20 credits)Applied Composition requires you to respond to creative briefs and/or collaborate with practitioners from a range ofcreative disciplines, such as dance, drama, film, TV, animation, creative writing, art and games design, in order toproduce original compositions or creative projects. The completion of compositions to meet a brief will develop yourcompositional and creative practice. The module will equip you with experience comparable to that of freelanceperformers and composers who must produce innovative responses to 'calls for work' or creative briefs and often 14 Nov 2018, 15:34

engage in collaborative practice. You will analyse and reflect upon the requirements of your brief and developcommunication, project management and teamworking skills.If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This wouldform an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)MUS3009: How to Score (20 credits)How to Score deals with orchestration, instrumentation, vocal ranges, and stylistic and historical issues associatedwith the combining of voices and instruments and their digital successors. The famous studies of orchestration byBerlioz and Rimsky-Korsakov will be examined alongside more modern guides, including those dedicated to jazz andpopular music. You will score existing pieces for a variety of combinations (however unconventional) provided byperforming members of your cohort. Instrumental tutors will be invited to talk about their instruments and displaysome special features as well as conventional ranges.MUS3058: Dissertation Project (40 credits)Dissertation Project offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth personal research project, undersupervision, and explore a range of research methodologies and presentational formats appropriate to the project. Youwill gain a thorough knowledge of your chosen subject area and will be expected to shape that knowledge to produce afinal submission that demonstrates your ability to locate the material within the wider contexts of your discipline. Theproject will require the consideration and discussion of methodological and epistemological issues. The dissertationwill allow you to work independently to explore areas of contemporary academic interest, consider issues of currentindustry practice and critically analyse case studies or products within specific cultural and social contexts.MUS3

the standard represented by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 Theory examination. The module will introduce you to time-based and pitch-based notation, basic principles of writing melody, harmony and counterpoint, varieties of rhythmic notation, simple phrasing, and descriptive terms in various languages.

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