Edinburgh Napier University Music

By | 31st May 2017

Edinburgh Napier University Music

BA (Hons)   Music (Popular)

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Explore music genres, enhance your performance skills and gain the technical knowledge that you need to make your mark in the music industry.

Course introduction

Established in 2001 this course accepts applicants for principal study in voice, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums or composition.

The programme of study is designed not only for those who want to be performers, but also for those who want to work in the wider music industries as audio engineers, producers, teaching professionals, business entrepreneurs, and in the wider musical community.

You’ll achieve a high degree of competence on your principal study, becoming fluent in the use of music technologies and extending your cultural, critical and creative abilities throughout this wide-ranging course.

Edinburgh Napier University Music

What you’ll learn

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. The course is supported by well-equipped teaching and rehearsal rooms, recital areas and a music library.

If you have studied an HND Music, Music Business, Sound Production or equivalent, you may be eligible for direct entry. Note that you can only choose option modules in Years 3 and 4 that relate to, and follow on from, your HND qualification.

What you study

Year 1

  • Practical Music Studies
  • Music Technologies
  • Western Art Music
  • Music Genres
  • Popular Music Ensemble Performance

Year 2

  • Practical Music Studies
  • Music Technologies
  • The Business of Music
  • Popular Music Culture
  • Jazz 1 – America
  • Recording Studio Theory and Practice
  • Popular Music Ensemble Performance

Year 3

  • Instrumental/Composition Studies
  • Music in a Globalised World
  • Creative Practice
  • The Business of Music
  • Jazz 2 – Europe
  • Music for the Screen
  • Recording Studio Theory and Practice
  • Instrumental/Vocal Teaching

Year 4

  • Instrumental/Composition Studies
  • Major Music Project
  • Entrepreneurship in The Music Industries
  • Jazz 3 – Local
  • Production and Professional Practice
  • Music and Aesthetics
  • Instrumental/Vocal Teaching
  • Music Psychology
  • 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.

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

Edinburgh Napier University Music

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.

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.

Edinburgh Napier University Music

Careers

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.

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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