Bath Spa University Music

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Bath Spa University Music

Music course at Bath Spa University are ranked 10th out of 71 providers nationally for overall satisfaction, and BA (Hons) Music scored 97% for overall student satisfaction in NSS 2015 This is a highly practical course. Every week a day is dedicated to ensemble performance and related activities for students in all years – these include choirs, orchestras, wind band, big bands and gamelan. There are also numerous other ensembles including brass, wind and string groups and an experimental ensemble called Material. There are regular student performances through the year, both at the Michael Tippett Centre, and in Bath as well as beyond. Each year, the School promotes opera and musical theatre productions, in which music students take part.

During the course you will explore the constantly changing needs of the employment market, and you will undertake a placement. (Recent placements have included the Bath International Music Festival, Bath Philharmonia, the BBC Proms, Welsh National Opera, BBC Music Magazine, Dorling Kindersley and Real World). Career possibilities include: Performing; Teaching; Music in the community; Composing for concert, screen, stage and education; Music and arts management and Music promotion and publishing.

  • Music in the West (musical styles, set works, research skills, critical musicology)
  • Global Music (musical styles, ethnomusicology, field work)
  • Creative Forum 1 (composition skills, harmony, music technology)
  • Performance 2 (in Classical and Jazz streams)
  • Musical Theatre Practice (taught in collaboration with Drama)
  • Creative Forum 2 (including collaborative composition with dance or film, as well as orchestration and arrangement)
  • Professional Musician (including a work placement, introduction to teaching, marketing and the music industry)
  • Opera Project
  • Musicology 2
  • Music Analysis
  • Opera Project
  • Music Psychology
  • Musical Theatre Project
  • Performance 3 (includes a public recital)
  • Composition (a composition portfolio)
  • Independent Study (dissertation or lecture recital)
  • Musicology 3 (popular music and music for screen)
  • Music in Action (Community Music)

Entry requirements

Exams Grades / Points Detailed entry requirements
A Level Contact Institution A Level grades BCC including Music Grade B or related subject. (Music at grade B or Music Technology at grade B) and.



Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Roger Heaton