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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BMus Music (Performance)

Programme code:BMU-MUSIUCAS code:1U67
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Bryan White Contact address:b.white@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

- Normally three subjects at advanced level including Music, (Double Music A Levels are not normally regarded as two subjects).
- Other appropriate examinations and experience (for example Associated Board Grade 8 at distinction) may be taken into consideration and are required at the time of application.
- A high standard of musical performance is essential and this is demonstrated at interview/audition.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Music

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Music

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Music

Programme specification:

This programme will train students as intelligent performers through a combination of University and performance-based study.

Skills are inculcated through the medium of music so that by the end of the programme the graduate should possess flexible and transferable abilities including those involving:
- a developed capacity for independent learning;
- self-expression and communication (in written and other forms);
- the use of new technology; and social organisation.

Students will demonstrate a distinct strength in the study of performance while also developing in other areas of musical enquiry.

Host institutions for the year abroad are carefully selected for the appropriateness of their educational provision to individuals and compliance with existing year abroad mechanisms; the School of Music maintains close relationships with these particular identified partners.

Students graduating from this programme will have benefitted from the breadth and variety of provision offered to all University of Leeds music students (staff teaching specialisms include composition in a variety of genres, music technology/electro-acoustic music, performance, opera, editing, early music, psychology of music, folk/traditional/world musics, popular music, film music, commercial music and production) but will have committed themselves to performance specialism. The year abroad does not attract the usual UK top-up fee.

The School of Music is one of the largest music departments in the UK and offers an exceptionally wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It provides a balanced portfolio of single-honours degrees covering western classical music, popular music and world musics. A Specialised programme in Music, Multimedia and Electronics is jointly delivered with another school, and an extensive array of joint-honours combinations is also available.

The School brings together internationally acclaimed scholars (with expertise extending into such specialist areas as music psychology, film music and ethnomusicology), composers and performers, and has a strong reputation for the quality of its teaching and its research. Teaching is supported by excellent facilities on campus including centrally located music libraries with listening and video facilities and sophisticated electronic and recording studios.

The new building on the Leeds site, completed in December 2002, has modern teaching, practice, study and studio facilities and is interconnected with the fine Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

As well as offering opportunities to study at the highest level, the University boasts a very active music society, which includes a symphony orchestra, a chorus, a sinfonia, brass and wind bands and a dance band among its numerous ensembles.

Leeds is one of the leading cultural centres of the North of England. It has excellent theatres, cinemas and art galleries and is one of the most exciting regions for music in the country. There is a varied programme of performances and festivals which feature a huge range of musics, including rock, jazz, folk, early and contemporary music as well as music from many different parts of the world. There is a thriving club scene. The city is also is home to Opera North and the English Northern Philharmonia, and hosts an International Concert Season and the world-famous International Piano Competition.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits comprised from a mix of compulsory and optional or discovery modules adding up to 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS1020Understanding Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2020
20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS1120Music in History and Culture
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2520
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS1125Music Research Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS1320Performance
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2340
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS1324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates may study one of the following optional modules:

MUSS1220Composition
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2220
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS1620Sound, Technology, and Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2620
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS1816Introduction to the Music Business10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS1920Introduction to the Psychology of Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS2920
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits comprised from a mix of compulsory and optional or discovery modules adding up to 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

MUSS2324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS2340Performance
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3340
40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20-60 credits from the following optional modules:

MUSS2123Music in the Judeo-Christian Tradition20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS2124British Music and National Identity20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS2125Music, Culture, Politics: the Long Sixties20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS2126The Tools of Music Making20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS2127Music and Culture in Late Seventeenth-Century London20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS2128Duke Ellington and the Twentieth-Century Jazz Environment20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS2721Music in Context A20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS2722Music in Context B20 creditsNot running in 202122

Candidates will be required to study 20-40 credits from the following modules:

CSER2207Students Into Schools (Arts Humanities and Culture)20 creditsNot running in 202122
FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS2020Interpreting Music
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3020; MUSS3040; MUSS3240; MUSS3440
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS2220Composition
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3240
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS2420Notation and Editing
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3420; MUSS3440
20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS2520Aesthetics and Criticism
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3520; MUSS3540
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS2620Music Technology Skills and Techniques
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3640
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS2820Music in Practice20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS2822Music in Practice20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS2823Music in Practice20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS2824Film-Score Creation and Production20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS2825Opera North: Opera in Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS2826Studies in Conducting20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS2827Marketing for Musicians20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS2828Synthesizer Ensemble20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS2920The Psychology of Listening and Performance
Pre-requisite for: MUSS3940
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to complete a year of study abroad (year 3) in between levels 2 and 3.

Compulsory modules:

MUSS9002Performance and Professional Development Year120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 120 credits comprised from a mix of compulsory and optional or discovery modules adding up to 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

MUSS3140Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS3340Performance40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20-40 credits from the following modules:

MUSS3020Analysing Music20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS3040Analysing Music40 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS3120The Supernatural in Opera20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS3121Special Study in Musicology A20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS3122Special Study in Musicology B20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS3128Music and Postcolonial Politics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS3129Music as Performance: People, Bodies and Instruments20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS3240Composition40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS3324Ensemble Performance20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS3325Applied Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS3420Editing and Source Studies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MUSS3440Editing and Source Studies40 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS3520Contemporary Aesthetics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MUSS3540Contemporary Aesthetics40 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS3640Music Technology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS3820Music in the Real World20 creditsNot running in 202122
MUSS3825Opera North: Opera in Practice20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MUSS3940Music Psychology40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 19/07/2021 12:47:23

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