music

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Music with a Modern Language

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: W3R8

What you'll study

Core modules include two modules in music, and two modules in your chosen language. In the first year, you’ll follow either the beginners and improvers, or the advanced pathway depending on your fluency in your chosen language.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 1 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 1 – Advanced

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 2 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 2 – Advanced

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

    You will study musical aesthetics across diverse genres, developing your critical skills and your ability to construct written arguments. Topics range from authenticity in cover songs to the political arguments of Adorno, Scruton and Cage.

  • Music in Practice 2

    This module continues to teach you how to analyse music across a wide range of styles and genres. The focus on analysis will provide you with the tools to capture observations, and various means of expressing such observations, that will be instrumental in subsequent years of study.

Optional modules

  • Music in Practice 1

    This module introduces you to a wide range of concepts in music theory. It covers different types of notation, harmony and counterpoint in order to equip you with the fundamental tools to understand and practise music throughout your degree programme, and beyond.

  • Creative Music Skills 1

    You'll develop a comprehensive range of general music-based skills through interactive seminars and workshops that provide a foundation for further studies. Topics and approaches in performance, technology, songwriting, electronic composition and digital audio are explored in practical, creative ways.

  • Music, History and Society

  • Creative Music Skills 2

    This module provides you with a further comprehensive range of practical and theoretical music-based skills through lectures, seminars and workshops that provide a foundation for further studies. The range of topics and approaches on offer allow you to undertake a broader selection of modules at Levels 5 & 6, perhaps specialising in chosen pathways.

  • Free Elective

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 3

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 4

We have a wide range of optional modules allowing you to specialise in performance, composition, technology and/or musicology.

  • The Materials of Composition

    Develop your own compositional approach. This module introduces you to key techniques for manipulating pitch, rhythm and timbre via the study of melody, harmonies, consonance, dissonance, clusters, pulses, meters, rhythms, form, structure, and instrumental effects.

  • Electronic Composition

    This module focuses on the creation of live popular and experimental electronic and electroacoustic music and builds upon skills gained in the Creative Music Skills I/II, Electronic Composition strand. You'll be introduced to the advanced techniques involved in producing pieces in a stereo context.

  • Audio-Visual Composition

    Create original audio-visual films - exploring the manipulation and generation of visual media, including animation, and effects processing. Develop your compositional skills and experiment with direct audio-visual mapping as you acquire industry relevant skills and the potential to work on interesting mixed-media projects and showreels in your final year.

  • Songwriting

    This practical module will hone your skills as a songwriter. You'll be expected to write one song per week to a given brief, and then produce an EP of original material. Peer critique is encouraged, and no genre is excluded.

  • Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Studio Techniques

    This practical module introduces you to the facilities within our Salmon Grove Studios. Through a series of workshops and demonstrations, you'll learn how to use industry-standard hardware and software in order to create high-quality multi-track recordings.

  • Game Audio

    Explore aspects of sound design for games and discover some of the creative, technical and aesthetic challenges faced by sound designers working in this field. Develop insights into commercial industry practice and acquire vocational skills as you work with interactive audio and game middleware.

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

    This module is divided into two parts: studio design and an understanding of acoustics. You'll study the theoretical and practical application of acoustic formuli, speech perception, the fundamentals of music, and research method and design. The first assignment involves the design of a studio, and the second is a presentation on an agreed topic.

  • Orchestration and Arranging

    You will explore techniques for arranging for orchestra and for jazz ensemble. You'll study topics such a score formatting, reharmonisation, texture, rhythm section writing, voicing, doubling, and explore these ideas in practical workshops.

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

    In the first half of this module, you will explore current trends in popular musicology, including semiotics, gender, race, protest, poetics, the canon and theories of influence. In the second, you'll study some techniques of contemporary rock journalism.

  • Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Film Music

    You will learn to think about, analyse and discuss how music shapes films and television shows. You do not need to have any knowledge of music to study this module as it focuses on the interpretation and effects of music in cinematic and televisual contexts.

  • Jazz Studies

    In this module, you will study the history of jazz, from its beginnings to the present day, alongside exploring how the music works. You'll also explore a range of different approaches to studying jazz from a variety of different perspectives.

  • Style Studies in Music II

  • Psychology of Music Performance

    This module will enable you to explore music performance from a psychological point of view. You'll investigate strategies for sight-reading, practising and memorising music, ways to cope with performance anxiety, techniques for solo and ensemble playing, ways to express music in sound and through the body as well as consider the nature-nurture debate and performers’ personalities.

  • Free Elective

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 5

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 6

Optional modules

  • Composing for Film

    Discover the creative and technical challenges of commercial film scoring from a practical perspective as you explore a variety of film-scoring approaches, tools and industry conventions. Gain an understanding of the dramatic and narrative functionality of film music as you explore the story-telling power of music - with reference to historical context.

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

    You will focus on site-specific composition and the performance of such compositional works. You develop your compositional skills by introducing them to a number of creative interpretations of specific spaces and places, including open-form works, promenade performances, landscape composition, sound installation, and collaborative contexts such as dance or theatre.

  • Advanced Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Advanced Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance on a chosen instrument/voice in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

  • Session Musician Performance

    Experience the range of professional scenarios encountered by session musicians, and so prepare yourself for a career in this area by adapting your existing performance skills specifically for use in the recording studio environment.

  • Studio Techniques and Production

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Live Sound

    You will get theoretical and hands-on instruction in using live sound equipment. At the end of the module, you'll have produced a technical rider for a show and completed a soundcheck for a band's performance.

  • Global Pop

    Encounter the music traditions of Africa, Brazil, Cuba and India through performance and composition, and explore the influence they exert on today's popular music around the world.

  • Music Industry Studies

    You will engage practically with a range of roles in the contemporary music industry, whilst learning about the theory and history that underpin this rapidly-evolving professional environment.

  • Music, Politics and Contemporary Thought

    You will be introduced to a range of critical, theoretical and analytical approaches in musicology. You'll cover topics including musical analysis, new and critical musicology, gender studies, music historiography, the sociology of music and music philosophy.

  • Shakespeare Music

    You will gain stylistic and historical insights into a variety of musical works in western cultures inspired by the plays of Shakespeare from the 17th to the 20th centuries. You'll develop an understanding of musical representations of literary sources by examining musical compositions which employ Shakespeare’s works as the basis for their compositional idea or content.

  • Psychology of Music and Emotion

    This module will enable you to gain an insight into recent research on the psychology of music and emotion, a fascinating and wide-ranging subject that has implications for many different careers in music.

  • Individual Project

  • Free Elective

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More about this course

This all-round programme blends practical, technical and intellectual approaches to music with the opportunity to learn a new language. You’ll graduate with high-level language and intercultural abilities that will open up a variety of careers. You can choose to study any language from Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Hull offers excellent language learning facilities, with a dedicated space for languages students. Our dedicated team of advisors offer one-to-one support and a partnership scheme that gives you the chance to practise your chose language with native speakers.

You’ll be taught by expert staff, and have the opportunity to get involved in a wealth of extracurricular activities. These include ensembles, workshops, collaborative projects and productions. Our partnerships with professional organisations like Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North are providing excellent opportunities for students to gain work experience through internships. Hull is also home to some of the finest music facilities in the country, including the Middleton Hall - a world-class concert venue, music theatre and cinema, with industry-standard recording facilities. This means you'll have 24/7 access to industry-standard facilities.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

33%

67%

Second year

18%

82%

Final year

18%

82%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

21%

28%

51%

Second year

14%

18%

68%

Final year

14%

18%

68%

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Our music studios and recording equipment rival the best in the industry, including one of the finest ambisonic studios in the UK. Video:

Find out more about our facilities

Become the musician you want to be, whether it's pop, jazz, classical, musical theatre or film music, by tailoring your course to match your interests.

Thanks to a £9.5 million investment, our Middleton Hall is now a world-class cultural venue boasting a superb 400-seater concert hall.

Find out more about our facilities

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 120 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level in Music or Music Technology at Grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 3 music qualification
  • Applicants’ instrumental or vocal performance skills should be at a minimum of Grade 6 level. Musicians who can demonstrate performance at this level but who have not taken practical examinations are also encouraged to apply.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should also have a GCSE in a foreign language at Grade C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 at HL Music and 5 at HL in a foreign language (if your first language is English)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

The University of Hull offers music scholarships on the following instruments:

  • Harp Scholarship (1 award of £1,000 per year)
  • Organ Scholarship (1 award available from September 2019 of £2,000 per year)
  • Robert Marchant String Scholarship (4 awards, restricted to violin, viola, cello and double bass players only - £250 per year)
  • Ouseley Choral Scholarship (1 award, restricted to male vocalists - £150 per year)

To find out more, see our terms and conditions, and download an application form

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

Our music graduates perform well in the jobs market, taking up a wide variety of careers from conducting, orchestral playing, orchestral management, working for the BBC, music librarianship, publishing, retail, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument-making.

Music graduates are also welcomed by employers in non-musical fields, such as the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

We help your search for employment with an excellent Careers Service. This offers a range of services to assist you to develop the skills looked for by employers, including skills workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests, and have extensive information, both web-based and in printed format, which is kept up-to-date with the latest job and work experience vacancies, and changes to recruitment processes.

We maintain very close links with graduate employers, both on a local, regional, national and international level, so we can offer you the best advice available and work closely with academic colleagues and student committees to provide specific opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.