University Of Glasgow Music

By | 7th June 2017

University Of Glasgow Music

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The University of Glasgow hosts Scotland’s leading centre for music research.

Based in the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, our world-class expertise includes specialist knowledge in:

  • popular music studies
  • historical and cultural musicology
  • performance and performance studies
  • composition
  • sound art & audiovisual practices

We offer a wide range of degree programmes that will suit you whether you’re seeking a career as a musician, would like to work in the music industries or arts and cultural sector, or if you’re interested in the links music has with contemporary culture, history, creativity and the digital world.

By studying with us, you will benefit from opportunities to take work placements within Glasgow’s legendary music scene; learn from award-winning professional musicians and musical scholars, and get the chance to pursue your musical interests through researching, performing, composing, and exploring musical technology.

University Of Glasgow Music

MUSIC BMUS BMus

MUSIC (BMus)

The BMus is a single-subject degree for those who are interested in pursuing a career in music. It provides a strong grounding in core disciplines and allows you to pursue your specialist interests in third and fourth years.

You will be given a bursary towards the cost of private instrumental or vocal tuition.

University Of Glasgow Music

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

YEAR 1

You will take courses in:

  • musicianship
  • performance
  • listening and repertory
  • orchestration
  • musical techniques

You will also take one course from topics such as:

  • aesthetics and philosophy of music
  • opera
  • jazz and blues
  • romantic song
  • J S Bach.

YEAR 2

You will take courses in:

  • musical techniques
  • composition.

You will also choose to study other topics such as:

  • sonic arts
  • aesthetics and philosophy of music
  • musical culture in the long 19th century
  • jazz and blues
  • romantic song
  • J S Bach
  • performance.

YEARS 3 AND 4

In the later part of your degree your studies become more specialised. You can take your composition further or concentrate on performance or pursue the creative use of music technology through sonic arts. If music history and culture is of more interest to you there are courses in 20th-century music, film music, performance practice, and the music of Scotland. You can also take the dissertation option, which allows you to pursue a research topic of
your choice.

OUR INTERNATIONAL LINKS

You can spend up to a year of your degree studying abroad, normally in the third year. Previous students have chosen to study at the University of Miami, University of British Columbia, University of Illinois, Radford University, University of Melbourne and the University of California LA. See Study abroad.

University Of Glasgow Music

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

BMus

A-LEVELS

  • Standard academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Music. Required performance level is at Merit in grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music practical exams. ABRSM grade 5 Theory will be considered in place of A-level Music. Audition and interview.

HIGHERS

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAB by the end of S6.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: There are no minimum requirements that must have been met by the end of S5.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Higher Music. Required performance level is at Merit in grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music practical exams. ABRSM grade 5 Theory will be considered in place of Higher Music. Audition and interview.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 34 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Merit in the BTEC HND in Classical Music will also be considered. Audition and interview.

Admission to the BMus is subject to an audition and interview in addition to meeting qualification requirements.

University Of Glasgow Music

INTERVIEW AND AUDITION

Admission to the BMus is subject to an audition and interview in addition to meeting qualification requirements. In order to be called for an interview, students must demonstrate a playing ability of ABRSM Grade 8 Merit. Applicants are encouraged to give a full and specific account of their musical interests in their UCAS personal statements and be prepared to discuss these at the interview.

For audition, applicants are requested to prepare two short pieces to a total duration of approximately 10 minutes. At least one of these should be from the Western classical repertoire.

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.