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1 The Undergraduate Music Programme at Durham Simon Mills, 5/1/2015

2 Overview of Music Degree 1 st year: Introducing the pathways Music History (Musicology) Ethnomusicology Theory and Analysis Techniques Composition Performance

3 2 nd + 3 rd year Music History Level 2: History 2: Music from 1800 to 1945 Level 2: Special subject modules e.g. Russian and Soviet Music, Popular Music Studies Level 3: Special subject modules e.g. English Art Song, History of Opera Level 3: Double or Single Dissertation

4 2 nd + 3 rd year Ethnomusicology Level 2: Introduction to World Music Level 3: Advanced Ethnomusicology Level 3: Special subject module e.g. Music of India Level 3: Double or Single Dissertation

5 2 nd + 3 rd year Theory and Analysis Level 2: Advanced Analysis Level 3: Special subject modules e.g. Symphonic Analysis, Time and Rhythm Level 3: Double or Single Dissertation

6 2 nd + 3 rd year Techniques Level 2: Advanced Techniques (e.g. advanced counterpoint, fugue, chromatic harmony) Level 2: Orchestration Level 3: Double or Single Dissertation / Composition Portfolio

7 2 nd + 3 rd year Composition Level 2: Approaches to Contemporary Composition Level 2: Creative Music Technology Level 3: Live Computer Music Level 3: Double or Single Portfolio (acoustic or electro-acoustic composition)

8 2 nd + 3 rd year Performance Level 2: Practice as Research Level 2: Conducting Level 3: Double Recital Level 3: Contemporary Music Performance Level 3: Recorded Performance Project

9 Other Subjects Level 3: Psychology of Music Level 3: Arts Management (in conjunction with the Sage Gateshead) Up to two modules can also be taken in other Departments

10 Why Durham? Diverse modules in a well-balanced programme (ranked 5 th in CUG) Distinctive features: composition workshops, conducting and orchestration training, performance recording and analysis, arts management, early music…. Inspiring environment: centrally located, close-knit, and in beautiful ancient surroundings Well-equipped with state-of-the-art technology and new facilities (6 studios, tech lab, extensive software, A/V gear) Forward-looking and committed to progression: Foundational modules  Autonomous learning (Staff ranked 6 th in UK for their research, REF 2014) An amazing range of music-making activities and concerts!

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13 Admissions Standard offer: AAB or equivalent (excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies) Theory Grade 8: a substitute for Music A-level Grade 7 or 8 in first instrument (advisable) Keyboard skills (an advantage) We consider each application holistically We accept applications for deferred entry We do not interview

14 Employability Music graduate prospects: 76 (out of 100) in CUG (Average: 64.7) Extensive experience: admin, performance, arranging, composing… Broad sets of skills: analysis, critical thinking, team-work, presentation skills, creativity… Specialist careers service advice Advice from Durham music alumni: Careers Fairs

15 Contact details: Ms Joyce Dent (secretary): Dr Simon Mills (admissions tutor):


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