Falmouth University Music

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Falmouth University Music


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.


  • 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