Undergraduate

BA Music (Performance)

Pursue your creative endeavours - through live performances on stage, studio recordings, broadcasts, and concerts and gigs in the region.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

W303

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Course overview

Studying Music (Performance) at Hull, you'll be able to pursue your creative endeavours – which may include live performances on stage, studio recordings, broadcasts, and concerts and gigs in the region.

To thrive in today’s fast-moving music culture, you’ll need a wide range of musical and technical skills, and to be able to work confidently with others across a range of professional contexts..

Your practical work will culminate in a large-scale project that will be a stepping stone into your chosen career.

You'll study a range of technical skills to enable you to realise your best work. Core skills might include: project management, music theory and analysis, fluency with key pieces of music software, research skills, curriculum design, and festival programming.

You'll receive robust training in the critical and contextual dimensions of the study of music, working with expert staff to explore, interrogate and challenge received wisdom about the value, status and significance of music in our society.

Final validation pending

We regularly review our courses to make sure they continue to meet our academic standards. Any changes to courses go through a re-validation process. 'Final validation pending' means that we intend to offer this programme, but it hasn't received final University approval yet. Please call our Admissions Service on 01482 466100 for confirmation that the course is approved and will be running.

Six reasons to study Music Performance at Hull

  1. Collaborate with like-minded musicians
  2. Top class concert venue
  3. Build a CV-ready portfolio and professional skills
  4. 24-hour access to industry-standard studios
  5. Work with top names like RPO and Opera North
  6. Host of extra-curricular musical opportunities

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core modules

    Creating Recorded Music

    Writer? Performer? Producer? Whatever your focus, you’ll work with fellow musicians to fully realise a musical recording. You’ll learn how to collaborate with others, each with different skills and roles, to create original music (including songwriting, instrumental works, electronic tracks and anything in-between) or to capture performance as a recorded artefact.

    Creating Live Music

    Channel your creativity into a live music event to develop your technical and artistic skills whatever your musical interests. You’ll collaborate with music and music production students to create a unique and original live music event, alongside developing core skills in project management, repertoire development and artistic presentation.

    Core Music Techniques

    How does music work? How is it put together? Providing you with an essential proficiency in music theory and enabling you to realise your creative projects, you will develop your understanding of notation, harmony, melody, rhythm, alongside listening skills. You will form a portfolio for your final assessment from tasks across a variety of musical styles and techniques.

    Applied Music Skills

    This gives you an in-depth understanding of how music is put together, along with how and why harmonic provides such a powerful force in music’s structure. Based on a range of musical styles, you’ll be given the tools and techniques to analyse structural and harmonic perspectives, and develop crucial listening skills for practical musicianship.

    Music, Criticism and Culture

    Music can be profoundly significant for individuals in their daily lives, for politically-charged movements, and for entire cultures. This module will teach you different ways to ask such questions of music, and will help you to apply ideas derived from core literature to contemporary case studies.

    Music and its Histories

    This introduces you to narratives that characterise histories of music across different historical periods, technologies, and styles. You will explore these while also pursuing specialist studies relevant to your degree pathway. Through a range of different music, you will look at their histories and the assumptions behind the construction of such histories.

Second year modules

  • Core modules

    Individual Creative Project

    What would you like to create? This module gives you the time, space, and expert support that you need to bring your individual project to life. You’ll be supported through planning, executing, and completion – which may be a performance, composition, recording, songwriting EP, educational practical project, or piece of sound design.

    Collaborative Creative Project

    Designed to mirror current industry practices – you will work with other students with different skill sets and life experiences towards shared creative goals. Presenting the opportunity to learn from one another, you’ll develop new skills and apply fresh approaches – with new creative possibilities emerging as a result.

    Specialist Music Skills

    We can study music in a multitude of ways. Designed to equip you with core music research skills and specialist techniques useful in a variety of applications, this module will help you to feel confident about gathering, handling and evaluating information. At the same time, you’ll hone your practical skills through focused study.

    Music and Its Objects

    This module looks at how music has been shaped by the objects we associate with it: instruments, technologies, sound recordings, and notations. You will develop a critical approach to thinking about these, helping you to deepen your understanding of the historical context and critical significance of your own music-making activities.

    Case Studies in Contemporary Practice

    Music is a diverse field that practitioners explore in many ways – such as performances, compositions, installations, community projects, music therapy, industry-related practices, and music psychology. This module interrogates the concepts, methods, philosophies, and motivations that underpin them. You will also benefit from sessions with leading practitioners as you prepare your own critique of a chosen case study.

  • Optional modules

    Professional Music Skills

    How should you prepare for your music career? You will explore roles, discover what professionals really do, and find out how to maximise your future employment opportunities in a vibrant and growing sector. It will give you an in-depth understanding of your chosen field, as well as set you up for your next steps as a professional.

    Music & Sound for Media

    This is a practical project-based module supporting the development of specialised creative and technical skills for production of sound and music. You can undertake a variety of projects, including films, games, audio branding and more. As projects are developed, general principles such as functionality, audio-visual correspondence and implementation are explored.

Final year modules

  • Core modules

    Major Project (Music)

    What would you like to create? You will carry out a substantial piece of work in your chosen area. Whether that’s large-scale live performance, an original album, a critical dissertation, a portfolio of compositions, music for film or game, or a cutting-edge research project, we’ll give you the support, facilities and expertise you need, along with some key planning and management skills.

    Working in Music

    Gain essential insight into your future career by taking part in a placement. Whether you’re going into performing on stage or in the studio, working in broadcast or live events, or going into teaching, we’ll set up a placement so that you can start learning the ropes of your chosen career during your degree.

    Questioning Music

    Imagine that what you’ve always thought was true about music actually wasn’t. What if there were questions about music that you hadn’t even thought could be asked? Challenging your assumptions about music and its value, which might lead you to think differently, the skills you learn will be highly transferable and prepare you for a range of career paths.

    The Future of the Arts

    What is the environmental cost of a single Spotify stream, an online gaming session, or going to a gig, concert or play? How much carbon does that YouTube movie trailer release? You’ll explore some of these issues and by reflecting on your own creative practices, you’ll be equipped with the skills and understanding you’ll need to shape the arts practices of the future.

    Generating Insights into Music

    Music changes in the blink of an eye – what it is, how it is made, and how we listen to it. This module will enable you to pose probing questions to generate new insights into music. You’ll define your topic and explore this in detail before sharing your insights – giving you crucial skills and sharpening your abilities to articulate your ideas.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • Points required 112

Work out your estimated 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.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 at HL Music
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Take a tour of the facilities

Our BA Music (Performance) students enjoy access to superb facilities including a top-class 400-seater concert venue in Middleton Hall.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,500 per year

Fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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 £9,203 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.

Music Scholarships

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

  • 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

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Scholarships

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points or above

from 3 A levels or equivalent, you could receive

£1,200 to £2,000

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Musician
  • Conductor
  • Events manager
  • Journalist
  • School teacher
  • Peripatetic/private teacher

This degree will give you a head start in a competitive industry, as you graduate with a portfolio of material ready for your CV. 

A key skill you’ll gain is how to communicate professionally, confidently and effectively, both through your craft and face-to-face, giving you a useful advantage in the jobs market. You’ll also have access to our network of professional partners, providing opportunities for live projects, work experience, masterclasses and more.

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