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Do you have a passion for music? Would you like to develop your performance skills alongside an understanding of music history and knowledge of music theory? The Music Foundation Year is a fully integrated programme with the BA (Hons) Music course, and will develop key musical skills in piano playing, theory and harmony.

During your studies, you will develop your performance skills in 20 one-to-one instrumental/vocal lesson with the same specialists who teach on our degree programme. The course will equip you with essential skills for a performer such as interpretation, effective practising and handling performance anxiety. You will build your knowledge of music theory, and the study of harmony will be delivered in a fresh, creative way using the guitar. Your creativity will develop through improvisation, taking inspiration from the music you perform.

Our Foundation Year introduces you to music history by examining music in the everyday environment of the home, asking how music is made and consumed, and its function in society. We explore the most personal side of music – how emotions, sexuality, identity and personality are shaped by music.

Whether you are a complete beginner or a highly accomplished pianist, you will develop piano playing skills needed for a career in music.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically continue your studies on the BA (Hons) Music degree where you will build upon the knowledge gained in this initial year. The Foundation Year gives you the space to focus on the one subject, music, developing the skills and knowledge you need within a Humanities environment.

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Do you have a passion for music? Would you like to develop your performance skills alongside an understanding of music history and knowledge of music theory? The Music Foundation Year is a fully integrated programme with the BA (Hons) Music course, and will develop key musical skills in piano playing, theory and harmony.

During your studies, you will develop your performance skills in 20 one-to-one instrumental/vocal lesson with the same specialists who teach on our degree programme. The course will equip you with essential skills for a performer such as interpretation, effective practising and handling performance anxiety. You will build your knowledge of music theory, and the study of harmony will be delivered in a fresh, creative way using the guitar. Your creativity will develop through improvisation, taking inspiration from the music you perform.

Our Foundation Year introduces you to music history by examining music in the everyday environment of the home, asking how music is made and consumed, and its function in society. We explore the most personal side of music – how emotions, sexuality, identity and personality are shaped by music.

Whether you are a complete beginner or a highly accomplished pianist, you will develop piano playing skills needed for a career in music.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically continue your studies on the BA (Hons) Music degree where you will build upon the knowledge gained in this initial year. The Foundation Year gives you the space to focus on the one subject, music, developing the skills and knowledge you need within a Humanities environment.

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Course Information

UCAS Code
W310

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Humanities

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Deparment / Humanities

Our Department of Humanities includes the subject areas of Music, History, English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing and American Studies.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will work in an environment in which all learning is informed by the academic expertise and research specialisms of our staff.

In performance, you will receive individual instrumental/vocal tuition. This is complemented by seminars covering strategies for practice/performing and performance practice, attendance at concerts and open rehearsals, and participation in masterclasses and workshops. This introduces you to the way performance is taught throughout the Northumbria Music degree.

Music history combines lectures with seminars based around group discussion of musical texts or broader questions, with seminars often led by students. Music history is brought alive in this module through visits to libraries, archives, houses and other institutions, where you will have the opportunity to engage with the primary source materials of music history, giving you insights into how music research is done.

Workshops allow you to develop practical skills and provide a means of putting theory into practice. For example, your theoretical knowledge of harmony will be developed through practical workshops involving the guitar and improvisation on your instrument; you will learn to play the piano in small groups.

In preparation for your future career, the Foundation Year has a module introducing you to the music profession in which you will interact with musicians pursuing various career paths, and will take you out into the wider city and community, taking advantage of our partnerships with various musical and arts organisations.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our staff are internationally renowned specialists in their fields and, having previously held positions in various universities across the UK, are highly experienced teachers. With their areas of expertise ranging from 16th-century music and performance practice to the history of instruments and American popular music, you will benefit from learning from outstanding scholars. You will also meet external professionals working in various areas of music and the arts, and will have tuition with highly accomplished and experienced instrumental and vocal specialists who also teach on our degree programme.

A personal tutor will be assigned to you during induction week who will help you manage the transition to university smoothly and successfully. They will continue to support you throughout the course of your studies, and can provide support for both your personal and academic development.

The programme leader and module tutors also play active roles in guiding you through your course with specific time allocated to students to allow for private feedback and consultation, giving you a great deal of individual support.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your learning environment will be both colourful and dynamic. You will study within an interdisciplinary Humanities environment, which is part of a faculty containing performing arts.

There are specialist, dedicated music spaces for teaching and learning, including soundproofed facilities to allow you to practise, alongside a range of instruments available to support your performance skills. Other teaching spaces are shared with performing arts students. You will have access to software such as Sibelius on computers equipped with midi keyboards, as well as use of computer suites across campus for the completion of written work.

Concerts take place on campus in the Great Hall, which is ideal for smaller scale performances, and elsewhere in the City, making good use of our partnerships with various organisations. For example, concerts often take place in Newcastle Cathedral, a venue well suited for larger-scale performances involving orchestras, bands and choirs.

The University library, including books, reference works and a range of digital resources, will be available to you throughout the entirety of your study. You will benefit from our state-of-the-art electronic reading lists, which allow you to access resources for each module directly, and our electronic learning platform, Blackboard, will help you make the most of your independent study time.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Music Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

All music staff at Northumbria are engaged with producing research in their respective fields at an international level, and the team contains active professional performers. Their research is embedded into the Foundation Year, which greatly enriches the study of music. As a student, you will be taught by everyone on the academic staff.

From the onset, you will have opportunities to develop an understanding of how to research music through visits to libraries, archives and other institutions containing original source materials, which brings music history to life.

Throughout the duration of this course, you will experience research- and practice-informed teaching, which is both contemporary and innovative and will allow you to develop your musical skills and academic knowledge.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The Foundation Year develops key musical skills in piano playing, theory, harmony and aural, all of which are necessary for an advanced study of Music, and for careers in performance, musicology and music teaching. It helps you to develop as a performer, and gives you the intellectual skills needed for degree-level study. Above all, you will develop confidence in all areas of study to proceed to the next level.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Successful completion of this course guarantees you a place on our BA honours Music degree. The Foundation Year and the Music degree are fully integrated, and have been developed together to allow a seamless transition from one to the other.

Music in the Home will furnish you with the intellectual skills you need, fostering critical enquiry and encouraging your curiosity. The dedicated performance strand gets you ready for high-level study in the degree, where your individual lessons will be supported by seminars relating to the act of performance as well as interpretation and performance practice (how repertoire was performed in its time).

The Foundation Year introduces the skills required to manage a freelance, portfolio career and work in arts administration, which are later developed upon in the BA (Hons) Music degree. It will allow you to interact with musicians pursuing various career paths, and will take you out into the wider city, taking advantage of our partnerships with various musical and arts organisations.

Book an Open Day / Experience Music Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Music Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
Performing at grade 6 level or above in Music Performance, or a recognised equivalent.

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
Applicants may be required to submit a video recording demonstrating their performance ability. 

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

** It is expected that fees will be as noted above for 20/21 entry.


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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