In your first year a core programme of musical studies provides a broad grounding in the fundamental elements of music performance, composition and academic musical study.
In your second and third years a free choice is available from a wide selection of courses in range of subjects. You may also choose to take up to 25% of your programme in subjects from other disciplines throughout your degree programme.
Most subjects offered by the Music department come under three main themes:
- History and Criticism: introduces historical, analytical and repertory studies, ethnomusicology and sociological topics, from the Middle Ages to the present.
- Performance: supports instrumental and vocal performance (solo or ensemble) in classical, jazz and pop styles, with 20 hours of fully funded individual tuition per year for solo performers, plus fortnightly master classes, professional workshops and group coaching.
- Composition: includes extensive project work and advanced studio techniques, leading to the submission of a collection of original compositions, either classical or commercial.
For more information go to http://www.southampton.ac.uk/music/undergraduate/index.page?
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Our student satisfaction rates regularly top 90% in the annual National Student Survey, and in the 2014 NSS, more than 92% of Southampton Music students said their lecturers were enthusiastic and made their topics interesting.
Flexible course structure allows you to tailor your programme to your needs, across performance, composition and academic music study
Purpose-built concert hall (Turner Sims) supporting the most extensive series of professional concerts and workshops of any UK university
Dedicated facilities, including: keyboard room, percussion room, jazz and pop rehearsal room, nine further teaching and ensemble rehearsal rooms, 16 practice rooms, three electronic studios plus live room, and 16 networked multimedia workstations
Many large-scale Students’ Union performing groups (orchestras, bands, choirs and theatre groups), in addition to music ensembles
Did you know?
You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code W301 when you apply through UCAS.
Typical entry requirements
AAB - BBB, including grade B in Music; and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard*
Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.
General Studies is not accepted
|International Baccalaureate||34 - 30 points, 17 - 15 at higher level, including 6 in higher level Music, and Grade 8 or demonstrated equivalent standard*
*Equivalence to Grade 8 is ascertained by the relevant Head of Study (Strings/Woodwind/Brass/Piano and Percussion/Early Music/Jazz and Pop/Vocal Studies) auditioning the student. This can be done in person or by sending a video web link (e.g. Youtube)|
We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and Reading and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.
We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.
Humanities supports contextual admission. A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is in the range of BBB to BBC from 3 A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
- Average applications per place:
UCAS application. Those offered places are invited to attend a visit day, which features a range of talks and other events, and multiple opportunities to ask questions.
Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Historical and critical topics: music history and analysis from the Middle Ages to the present; ethnomusicology; jazz and pop; issues in sociology and contemporary culture
Performance: solo and ensemble performance in early music; classical and contemporary art music; jazz and pop
Composition: free composition (classical and/or commercial, television and film)
Orchestration and arranging
Music therapy and community music
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.
View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course
Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
View the language modules on offer for this course
MUSI 1002, MUSI 1003, MUSI 1007 are compulsory modules for Single Honours Music Students
Music finalists are required to take one double module from the following list: MUSI 3008 Performance Recital, MUSI 3003 Commercial Composition, MUSI 3017 Composition Portfolio, MUSI 3021 Research Project.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour)
Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk
Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account.
You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS MUSI towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts.
The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page
They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?||£0.05-1.00|
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Instruments and equipment:
Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves.
The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's.
Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves.|
|Equipment||IT: Computer discs or USB drives
Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.|
|Equipment||It Software licenses:
All software is provided
It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.|
|Placements||Placements (including Study Abroad Programmes):
Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.