Falmouth University Music

By | 2nd June 2017

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Falmouth University Music

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Try your hand at new techniques and ideas, and develop your own unique approach to music making. If you’re inspired by new and diverse music, from jazz to pop to classical, and want to embrace a spirit of innovation, this is the course for you.

Whether you’re a performer, composer, sound artist or musicologist, we’ll offer an insight into the modern music scene – a realm of adventure, where stylistic and technological boundaries are constantly pushed. You’ll also have the opportunity to grow through one-to-one tuition in a music specialism of your choice, as well as composition or studio production lessons.

Benefits

  • One-to-one and small group instrumental lessons, or
  • Composition or studio production lessons
  • Play regularly in ensembles, including vocal group, laptop orchestra, and Taiko drumming
  • Regular guest speakers and artists, such as Graham Fitkin (Composer), Ed O’Brien (Radiohead) and Darcus Beese (Island Records)
  • Take advantage of Falmouth’s annual jazz summer school, held in collaboration with Yamaha

How the course is taught

We put creativity and artistic exploration at the heart of what we do, creating a supportive environment for you to research new ideas, cross stylistic borders and work collaboratively with a wide range of people.

You’ll be in lectures and seminars studying a wide range of ideas and techniques. We’ll also support you through tutorials as you work out how to apply that learning to your own music making.

What you’ll do

Year 1

In your first year, you’ll consolidate and challenge the fundamentals of music-making, across performance, critical listening, composition, recording, theory and notation.

  • Composition Studies: The Elements of Music
  • Performance Studies: Self and Sound
  • Music in Culture and Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Techniques
  • Professional Practice
  • Independent Project
  • Ensembles and lunchtime Concerts

Year 2

In year two, you’ll choose from specialist modules such as Film Music, Music Education, Studio Composition or the Music Business. In other modules, we look at cutting-edge trends in today’s music scene and think about career opportunities available to you.

  • Music at the Cutting Edge
  • Applied Music
  • Options Projects
  • Proposals for Practice
  • Independent Project
  • Ensembles and Lunchtime Concerts

The second year will also be the point in the degree where you can choose to study abroad with one of our partner institutions through the Study Abroad and Erasmus Exchange programmes.

Year 3

Your third year begins with an off-campus project, designed to place your music in a professional context. Recent projects have included community music-making in Kenya, researching American Folk music in New York, and working as a film composer in Sri Lanka. Other possibilities include placements in the UK in schools, orchestras or record labels. When you’re back, you’ll work on self-devised projects, such as writing an album, putting on a major performance, or composing a score.

  • Practice in Context
  • Dissertation
  • Professional Practice Project

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator

Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page

English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.

If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page

Enquiries
Our Admissions team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.

+44 (0)1326 213730
Online enquiry form
falmouth.ac.uk/apply