On our music degree, you'll learn how music is created, study a wide range of styles, and unlock your own creativity. This degree will broaden and deepen your understanding of musical practices, encompassing western art music, jazz, popular music, and non-western music. You'll develop the technical skills to analyse music in different styles, and the critical skills to discuss music in relation to its cultural contexts. You'll also acquire critical and reflective skills to develop your own musical practice. Add to that some expert guidance in the use of technology to create and record music, and you’ll not just gain a degree but a passionate pursuit.
Key features of the course
- Study a wide range of musical repertoires and practices, informed by world-leading research.
- Create, analyse, perform and study the social contexts of music.
- Develop practical music-making and performance skills at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
- Open to musicians working in any tradition and at any stage of their musical development.
- Relevant to a wide variety of musical and non-musical careers including teaching, arts administration, community music, and sound recording.
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) Music uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- finding external/third party material online
- working in a group with other students
- working with specialist reading material such as musical manuscripts
- undertaking practical work
- using specialist software (for example the Dorico music notation package).
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities followed by a choice of two modules.
- At Stage 2, you’ll study two compulsory modules which will introduce you to the principles of music and using music technology.
- Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll complete your degree with two compulsory modules exploring the impact of music in social contexts and the practice of music-making.