The course is based at Sage Gateshead and you will be part of the community of musicians at one of the UK’s most exciting music venues. You will be regularly involved with visiting artists, masterclasses and links with other music-related organisations.
You will be taught by musicians who have established national profiles in the fields of jazz, popular and commercial music. The professional teaching together with the excellent facilities, have earned our courses a strong reputation.
Our teaching staff are all professional musicians with established national profiles. Teaching is through practical modules, supported by lectures, seminars and workshop discussions.
Your practical skills and theoretical knowledge will be assessed via written examinations, course work and practical assessments.
As the emphasis on the BMus is on developing appropriately high levels of practical musicianship, there are detailed assessments of your practical and instrumental skills in live performances and private recitals where you will be expected to demonstrate the application of your theoretical understanding of your musical practice.
You are also assessed on your skills of expression, taste and judgement.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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Please Note: To gain entry to Level 3 of this course you must be studying a HND or Foundation Degree in a Music discipline.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language; or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact email@example.com
We require a performance standard equivalent to Grade 8, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and at least Grade 5 music theory.
When you come for an interview, there will be an audition that involves performing two contrasting pieces and undertaking sight-reading and aural tests. You will also be required to complete a 90 minute written examination which will include questions on music theory and music recording and production and you will be required to write a short composition in standard notation, and to write about your interests and experience of music. Please note that a fee is payable for the audition.
The annual fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £5,000 per 120 credits.
Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
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Our course will give you the skills to enter a varied and exciting range of careers, such as freelance performance, recording, broadcasting, composition, arranging, production, publishing, management and teaching.
Some examples of potential roles are:
We encourage you to explore short work-based opportunities either with Sage Gateshead itself or with the many projects attached to the venue.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate music courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.