BMus (Hons) Music

Undergraduate, Full-Time

A conservatoire-based course with an emphasis on performance practice, this course will enhance your skills to professional level through specialist tuition, workshops, performance and collaboration.

  • Napier code:

    54110BH

  • UCAS code:

    W302

  • Course type:

    Full-Time

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BMus (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

A performance-focused Classical programme that centres on one-to-one tuition in your principal study instrument, voice, or composition.

Students on the classical BMus course benefit from 12 hours per trimester of one-to-one tuition with one of our instrumental, voice or composition professors (equating to 24 hours in total for the academic year). All students have 24 hours of performance class or composition seminars. Piano, woodwind and voice students additionally have 24 hours of specialist classes per year. We do not offer traditional (folk) instruments or electronic keyboards as principal study.

Your skills as a performer or composer will be further enhanced through the study of courses in Music History, General Music Skills and aural work. In the second and third years, modules in Core Music Skills and Applied Music Skills allow you to develop your abilities in a range of subjects that are key to professional development such as conducting, keyboard skills, orchestration, and composition. The practical application of orchestration and composition is emphasised through workshops with instrumentalists.


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You’ll deepen your vision of music and develop your analytical and imaginative potential.

You’ll elect a single principal study on which to focus, which can be instrumental, vocal or in composition. You'll continue to work on honing your proficiency to a professional standard through regular individual and group tuition with one of our instrumental, voice or composition specialist tutors.

Your skills as a performer or composer will be further enhanced through the study of music history, general music skills and aural work. You’ll develop knowledge of notation, understand a range of compositional techniques and become conversant with many styles and genres.

In the second and third years, modules in core and applied music skills will develop your abilities in a range of subjects that are key to professional development, such as conducting, keyboard skills, orchestration and composition. The practical application of orchestration and composition is emphasised through workshops with instrumentalists.

You'll gain an insight into the world of the working musician through experienced teaching staff and master classes and workshops conducted by visiting performers. You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other creative disciplines such as filmmakers, artists and writers.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Principal Study
  • Western Art Music
  • General Music Skills
  • Music Cultures
  • Music Technology

Year 2

  • Principal Study
  • Western Art Music
  • Popular Music Culture
  • Core Music Skills (strands in orchestration, composition and conducting)
  • Jazz 1 – America
  • The Business of Music

Year 3

  • Compulsory: Western Art Music
  • Principal Study
  • Jazz 2 – Europe
  • Instrumental / Vocal Teaching
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music in a Globalised World
  • Introduction to Music Therapy
  • Applied Music Skills (strands in orchestration, composition, conducting and keyboard skills)
  • The Business of Music

Year 4

  • A major project, taking the form of either a Music Analysis portfolio, a Dissertation or a Public Recital
  • Music and Aesthetics
  • Dissertation
  • Entrepreneurship in the Music Industries
  • Music Analysis
  • Principal Study
  • Instrumental / Vocal Teaching
  • Jazz 3 – Local
  • Music Psychology
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music Research Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Our graduates go on to work in the fields of:
  • performance
  • composition
  • community music
  • music education (classroom and instrumental tuition)
  • music therapy
  • music management
  • and because creative skills are transferable and valuable to a number of other industries, a wide range of careers, such as arts administration and management.

Many of our graduates go on to further study in performance, composition, musicology, music therapy and teacher training. Students who wish to consider further practical study at postgraduate level may specialise in recital performance in 4th year.


Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

ABCC including Music at A and English or other literary subject* at Grade B.  

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

A Level

BCC including Music at B and English or other literary subject* at C.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre 2017: A1, B3, B3, C2 at HL including Music at A1 and English or other literary subject* at B3.

2017 onwards: H1, H3, H3, H4 at HL including Music at H1 and English or other literary subject* at H3.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

BTEC (QCF) Diploma 

Minimum grades D*D (Distinction*, Distinction) in a related subject.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

HNC

Pass in a relevant subject with Grade A in the graded unit.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

International Baccalaureate

27 points overall with 6,5,4 in HL subjects including HL Music and English or other literary subject* at 5. In exceptional circumstances, where the applicant's school does not offer Music as an element of IB, applicants who have achieved ABRSM Grade VIII on the Principal Study instrument may be considered. In such cases, academic referees should clearly state that HL Music is not offered as part of the curriculum.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

Minimum year 2

HND

Pass in a relevant subject with Grade A in the graded unit.

Applicants must also pass ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 Theory test.

If applicants meet the academic requirements, after further scrutiny of the application, may be called for Audition/Interview.  

Applicants are required, as part of the audition, to demonstrate practical music skills which equate to ABRSM Level 8 or equivalent.

*Literary subjects accepted are: Modern Studies, History, Psychology, Sociology, RMPS, Theology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Latin and Classics.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses (except Veterinary Nursing).

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £13,740 £13,900

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