2 Contents Why choose Music at Liverpool? 01 Example student timetable 04 Investment in your future 06 Degrees 08 Module details 11 Honours Select 16
3 @livuni UofLTube 01 Why choose Musicat Liverpool? If you are passionate about music, and want to study it in one of the most vibrant musical cities in the UK, Liverpool is the place for you. Our flexible, innovative programmes offer you many opportunities to create the perfect degree for your musical interests: from our specialist programmes in Classical or Popular Music to study blended with audiovisual media, music industry studies, music technology, world music, composition, performance, music outreach and many more. Study abroad As part of your Music degree programme you may have the opportunity to study abroad. Studying abroad has huge personal and academic benefits, as well as giving you a head start in the graduate job market. Music students may currently apply to study with one of our many worldwide partners. For more information, visit Year in China The Year in China is the University of Liverpool s exciting new flagship programme enabling undergraduate students, from a huge range of departments, including Music, the opportunity to spend one year at our sister university Xi an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), following XJTLU s BA China Studies degree classes. See year-in-china for more information.
4 02 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music Thrive in our culture of innovation Our approach to the study of music is one of the most forward-looking in the country, bringing together students from all kinds of musical backgrounds. The Institute of Popular Music is at the forefront of popular music studies internationally and we have fantastic links with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Your studies here will benefit from a rich variety of philosophical and aesthetic theories, ranging from disciplines such as psychoanalysis and critical theory to current issues of identity. We do not just aim to teach you music history at Liverpool; we want you to interrogate the historical foundations that others take for granted. Learn from audio visual media experts We offer a unique pathway through your studies with a variety of audio visual modules in all three years. This is taught by international experts in the study of AV media, video game and film music, from video installation art to iphone apps. This pathway is both practical and theoretical, with dedicated AV composition resources for final-year and postgraduate students studying creative music technology. Develop as a musician through performance Although performance is not compulsory, if you wish to pursue this route then we provide workshops and mentor support to enhance your development as a musician. The department runs an excellent Symphony Orchestra, a University Choir, and a Chamber Choir, while the University s Music Society runs a wind orchestra, a brass band and a jazz band and you will be encouraged to join or form your own ensembles. We run a weekly professional lunchtime concert series, and our ever expanding partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra affords many opportunities for participating in composition and performance workshops with world-ranking players. More recently we have partnered with the National Youth Orchestra (NYO), committing to host regular residentials with them. You will be invited along to see them practice and perform. Explore music through in-depth analysis We offer a critical approach that encourages you to develop your own unique ways of analysing music from a broad range of repertoires and invites you to explore many new possibilities for appreciating the sonic experience of music. Several members of staff are dedicated to the study of music through analysis of scores and performances, but also research music theory from psychological, cognitive and emotional perspectives. Enhance your composition skills Electro-acoustic and audio-visual composition thrive in the Department, celebrated at our yearly Open-circuit festival a week-long series of new music concerts and workshops that bring together world-leading performers and artists to perform new pieces of composition by our staff and students.
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6 04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music Timetable Semester One Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 9.00 Performance workshops Library working on essay for Friday World Music lecture Library preparation for tutorial World Music support workshop Music psychology lecture Format, spell check, presentation check of essay Meet personal tutor to discuss composition instrumental lesson Meeting to work on group task Online submission of essay Music History lecture Music Technology Studio composition portfolio The School of Music Lunchtime Concert Series Ensemble rehearsal Research in library for tutorial School event talk by guest speaker Instrumental practice Library work for tutorial Music and AV Media screening Lecturer s consultation hour essay feedback Music and AV Media lecture Careers workshop in Guild on CV writing Background reading for lectures this week Choir rehearsal Guild Comedy Club
7 @livuni UofLTube 05 Typical week Saturday Instrumental practice Sunday Reading for following week s lectures How you learn We employ a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, masterclasses, instrumental lessons, ensemble coaching and online tasks and projects. The emphasis is on student participation and interaction. We fit the most appropriate mode of teaching to the particular subject, conscious that the learning process needs to be enjoyable, enabling you to acquire useful and marketable skills and knowledge. Each module has an individually determined system of assessment (by coursework, written paper, test, recital, presentation, examination, and combinations of these), and we select the method that best suits the nature of the module. In the final year, the School of the Arts offers you the opportunity to participate in Widening Participation projects, which can involve going into local primary and secondary schools as part of an accredited module, reflecting our commitment to a modern and vocationally oriented education. There are also some work placements and volunteering roles available with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), as well as the RLPO s outreach programme In Harmony. Please note that this is only a sample timetable. Timetables are subject to your module choice, and as advised, flexibility around such choices is available to all applicants.
8 06 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music Investment in your future Studying Music opens up many career opportunities. As well as jobs in music (from public performance and production to sales, distribution, teaching, community arts and a lot more besides), employers in many sectors are increasingly seeking arts and humanities graduates for their transferable skills. As a music student you achieve creative flair and imagination, confidence in expressing yourself, an openness to new ideas, a capacity for hard work and an ability to analyse data. You learn the value of working with others towards a shared, finished product and a whole range of flexible, professional skills. We work closely with the University s award-winning Careers & Employability Service to offer a 30 credit, year-long module (SOTA300) which incorporates placement with a local company, group or institution related to your subject, providing practical/ vocational experience. We have well established links with a number of partners that are relevant to future career opportunities: National Museums Liverpool, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, local clubs and venues, local musicians from a wide variety of musical and cultural traditions, local independent cinema FACT, and local schools. Recent employers Companies employing our graduates in recent years include: Aldeburgh Music BBC Cardiff Celebrity Cruises The Globe Theatre Liverpool Biennial Festival of Contemporary Arts Manchester Orchestra Marks and Spencer Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Promotions Companies Everisland and Fiesta Bombarda Republic Medi Royal Bank of Scotland Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Wirral Academy of Performing Arts. Postgraduate opportunities Our graduates have gone on to study in a range of postgraduate areas including MMus Performance/Composition/Musicology, NCTJ course in Journalism, PGCE, Postgraduate Performance Diploma, MA Popular Music Studies and MA Music Industry.
9 @livuni UofLTube 07 Meet Samuel Garlick who graduated from Popular Music BA (Hons) in 2012 and is currently Director at Fiesta Bombarda and Events Curator at The Kazimier and Constellations. What does your job involve? An event organiser s job in a nutshell is booking, marketing and promoting touring acts. However there is a lot more to it than this; with Fiesta Bombarda, a festival-esque event that moves around the UK s most unique and inspiring spaces (the pick of which being Liverpool Cathedral), aspects such as financing, team management, production, networking, organising UK-wide tours and branding are all integral to its success. How did your programme prepare you for your job? Before beginning Popular Music I had very little academic experience within music, however my programme gave me an insightful introduction and a great grasp on how the music industry works. More importantly it put me in a positive mindset of how to approach a career within music. What are your top tips for students wanting to work in your field? The first piece of advice that I received was also the best; dive in head first and learn from your own mistakes or successes. Nothing can really prepare you better than your own first-hand experience. If you re ever worried or in doubt then look to experienced individuals within your chosen career path for advice. What was your best experience of studying at Liverpool? The unmistakable music scene and community that surrounds it; whether it s indie, techno or afrobeat that floats your boat, we have a wide array of promoters, press, venues and like-minded musicians who can collaborate and accommodate.
10 08 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music Degrees Page Music BA (Hons) W300 3 years 08 Popular Music BA (Hons) W340 3 years 09 Music and Popular Music BA (Hons) W301 3 years 10 See for current entry requirements. Music BA (Hons) UCAS Code: W300 Programme length: 3 years This programme focuses on developing an in-depth and critical historical understanding of classical music repertoires, cultures, and practices. Some modules are practical, concerned with musical performance, composition and orchestration, or creative music technology. Others use advanced notation skills in connection with classical music history topics or music analysis. The remaining modules involve writing about music from a historical, critical, sociological, or analytical viewpoint. Our studio and performance modules cater for both classical and popular musical styles. Programme in detail The nature of this programme will vary according to your module choices. In Year One, core modules will develop analysis skills that will be useful for composition or the study of music history in later years, and take a critical look at music history, not only going through key musical milestones but interrogating the nature of music histories and how they are written. You also have the opportunity to study or investigate areas that may be new to you (such as Film Music or World Music). In Years Two and Three you focus in more depth on fewer selected topics, either concentrating solely on Classical Music modules or retaining the option to pursue one or two modules in other areas. Specialist topics such as Opera and Politics, World Cinema or the Symphonies of Mahler can be studied alongside advanced level analysis, performance or composition modules. In the third year there is a particular emphasis on specialism and extended or independent projects (such as a Dissertation, major composition portfolio or extended recital). Key modules Year One You must take at least two compulsory modules. You may not take both Classical Practical Study 1 (MUSI104) and Popular Practical Study 1 (MUSI102). Compulsory modules MUSI120, MUSI130, MUSI180, MUSI181 Optional modules MUSI102, MUSI104, MUSI106, MUSI108, MUSI109, MUSI160, MUSI170
11 @livuni UofLTube 09 Year Two You must take at least two compulsory modules. You may not take both Classical Practical Study 2 (MUSI202) and Popular Practical Study 2 (MUSI204). Compulsory modules MUSI202, MUSI205, MUSI206, MUSI230 Optional modules MUSI200, MUSI204, MUSI209, MUSI220, MUSI240, MUSI250, MUSI260, MUSI270 Year Three You must take at least two ompulsory modules. You may not take both Classical Practical Study 3 (MUSI302) and Popular Practical Study 3 (MUSI304). Compulsory modules MUSI302, MUSI306, MUSI330 Optional modules MUSI300, MUSI304, MUSI309, MUSI320, MUSI340, MUSI350, MUSI361, MUSI370 See pages for module descriptions. In Years Two and Three you focus in more depth on fewer selected topics, either concentrating solely on Popular Music modules or retaining the option to pursue one or two modules in other areas. Specialist topics such as Gender and Sexuality and Sound, Technology and Society are studied alongside advanced level performance and music technology modules. In Year Three there is a particular emphasis on specialism and extended or independent project (such as a Dissertation, major technology portfolio or extended performance recital). Key modules Year One Compulsory modules MUSI120, MUSI140, MUSI150 Optional modules A further three optional modules can be chosen, at least one of which must be from the Department of Music. MUSI104, MUSI106, MUSI108, MUSI109, MUSI160, MUSI170, MUSI182 Popular Music BA (Hons) UCAS Code: W340 Programme length: 3 years This programme focuses on developing a critical understanding of popular music from a historical, creative, and industrial perspective. Some modules are practical, concerned with musical performance or creative music technology. The remaining modules involve writing about music from a historical, critical, sociological, or analytical viewpoint. Our studio and performance modules cater for both classical and popular musical styles. Programme in detail The nature of the programme varies according to your module choices. In Year One, core modules will take a detailed look at the nature of the popular music industries, and a critical exploration of twentieth-century popular music history, not only going through key musical milestones but also exploring their social contexts and the long-term cultural implications. Year Two You must take at least two compulsory modules. Compulsory modules MUSI204, MUSI209, MUSI240, MUSI250 Year Three You must take at least two compulsory modules. Compulsory modules MUSI304, MUSI309, MUSI340 Optional modules MUSI300, MUSI305, MUSI306, MUSI320, MUSI330, MUSI361, MUSI370 See pages for module descriptions. Available as part of the Honours Select scheme. Choose from over 30 subjects to create your perfect Joint or Major/Minor Honours degree. See For up-to-date entry requirements and full module details see
12 10 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music Music and Popular Music (Hons) UCAS Code: W301 Programme length: 3 years A degree in Music and Popular Music allows you to combine your interests to study for a uniquely flexible and innovative degree. You will work towards 60 credits in Music and 60 credits in Popular Music each year. Programme in detail This degree offers you a great deal of flexibility and allows you to select from both our classical and popular music modules. Some modules are practical, concerned with musical performance, composition and orchestration, or creative music technology. Others entail musical notation in connection with music history, world music, AV or music analysis. The remaining modules generally involve writing about music from a historical, critical, sociological, or analytical viewpoint. Key modules Year One You must take at least one A module and at least one B module. You may not take both MUSI102 and MUSI104. Compulsory modules MUSI120 Optional modules MUSI102, MUSI104, MUSI106, MUSI109, MUSI130, MUSI140, MUSI150, MUSI160, MUSI170 Year Two You must take at least one A module and at least one B module. You may not take both MUSI202 and MUSI204. Compulsory modules MUSI200, MUSI202, MUSI204, MUSI206, MUSI209 Optional modules MUSI205, MUSI220, MUSI230, MUSI240, MUSI250, MUSI260, MUSI270 Year Three You must take at least one A module and at least on B module. You may not take both MUSI302 and MUSI304. Compulsory modules MUSI300, MUSI302, MUSI304, MUSI306, MUSI309 Optional modules MUSI305, MUSI320, MUSI330, MUSI340, MUSI350, MUSI361, MUSI370 See pages for module descriptions. Music or Popular Music Major Year One is designed to provide both a foundation for your chosen interest and also the basic skills and tools for more advanced study in Years Two and Three. You also have the opportunity to study or investigate areas that may be new to you (such as Film Music or World Music). Music or Popular Music Joint Music is a popular choice as a subject to study in conjunction with other subjects. The creative and critical skills that the study of music helps develop are things you can take into the study of the other subject too, and into the professional world beyond university life. Music or Popular Music Minor This subject pathway focuses on a particular aspect of Music and/or Popular Music. Some modules are practical, concerned with musical performance, composition and orchestration, or creative music technology. Others use advanced notation skills in connection with classical music history topics or music analysis. The remaining modules generally involve writing about music from a historical, critical, sociological, or analytical viewpoint. Our studio and performance modules cater for both classical and popular musical styles.
13 @livuni UofLTube 11 CORE AND SELECTED OPTIONAL MODULES OVERVIEW YEAR ONE Code Title Credit Semester Module description Programmes MUSI102 Classical Practical 15 1 and 2 Develops standard of practical performance; W300, W301 Study 1 expands knowledge of repertory. MUSI104 Popular Practical 15 1 and 2 Enables you to develop group W300, W301, Study 1 rehearsal and performance skills. W340 MUSI106 Composition and 15 2 Explores greater awareness of formal W300, W301, Orchestration considerations to provide experience W340 in handling small-scale musical form. MUSI108 Sound Recording 15 2 Introduces you to the fundamentals of W300, W340 and Production acoustics, microphones and recording and production techniques in a professional studio. MUSI109 Introduction 15 1 Introduces MIDI sequencing and consolidates W300, W301, to Logic Pro technical knowledge and skills, bringing W340 students to an intermediate level, through the use of Logic Pro software; enables students to compose music to digital video clips and electronic music in a given style; introduces software synthesis parameters and signal processing using a digital audio workstation (DAW) and optimal mixing and routing procedures in a DAW. MUSI120 Critical 15 2 Introduces you to key terms and W300, W301, Approaches 1: concepts used in the study of music in W340 Music and relation to culture, as a part of culture, Culture and as a culture in itself. MUSI130 Topics in Classical 15 1 Examines the development of Western W300, W301 Music History classical music between 1600 and 1900 and introduces key composers and representative works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. MUSI140 Popular Music 15 1 Outlines the history of popular music from W301, W340 Studies 1 the mid-20th century onwards; examines the relationship between musical, social, economic and technological factors in this period; examines specific stylistic developments and movements in the period; explores general issues and perspectives within the field of popular music studies. Continued over...
14 12 Please note, modules are provided for information only and may change. Timetabling restrictions may apply. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music CORE AND SELECTED OPTIONAL MODULES OVERVIEW YEAR ONE (Continued) Code Title Credit Semester Module description Programmes MUSI150 Music as an 15 2 Introduces the range of activities W301, W340 Industry 1 undertaken by the music business; explains the organisation and functions of record companies; explores the relationship between commerce, stardom and everyday music making. MUSI160 Music and 15 2 Introduces you to the variety of forms, W300, W301, Society 1: modes of transmission, aesthetic goals W340 Music of and social contexts of music worldwide; the World explores what unites, and what differentiates, musical practices in different cultures; provides a preparatory background for the study of ethnomusicology. MUSI170 Music and 15 1 Explores how music is used in film, W300, W301, AV Media 1 with a particular emphasis on classical W340 Hollywood practices; investigates the practicalities of composing for film: cues, editing cuts, synching etc. MUSI180 Analysis 15 2 Introduces basic and generic concepts W300 of music theory and notation relevant to all later modules associated with the classical repertoire. MUSI181 Foundations 15 1 Provides the rudiments of tonal harmony, W300 in Tonal scales, music theory in the Western Harmony classical tradition. MUSI182 Theory for 15 1 Introduces different terminologies of popular W340 Popular Music music theory; enables students to use intervals, chords and scales in relation to popular music; develops use of notation and chord symbols in relation to popular music and aural skills.
15 @livuni UofLTube 13 CORE AND SELECTED OPTIONAL MODULES OVERVIEW YEAR TWO Code Title Credit Semester Module description Programmes MUSI200 Researching 30 1 and 2 Introduces a range of methods and W300, W301 Music approaches adopted in independent research relating to the study of music. MUSI202 Classical 30 1 and 2 Further develops standard of W300, W301 Practical Study 2 practical performance. MUSI204 Popular 30 1 and 2 Enables you to develop group W300, W301, Practical Study 2 rehearsal skills, and to work with W340 other musicians effectively within an ensemble setting. MUSI205 Analysis 2: 30 1 Introduces you to Classical Music, W300, W301 Understanding especially the work of Mozart, Haydn, the Classic Style and Beethoven and allows you to gain practice in different formats of analytical practice MUSI206 Composition and 15 1 Provides experience in handling W300, W301 Orchestration 2A simple musical forms. MUSI209 Introduction to: 15 2 Introduces the MAX/MSP programming W300, W301, MAX/MSP: environment; enables you to effectively W340 Interactive Music build patches for making generative music live and interactive making music applications. MUSI220 Critical 30 1 Encourages and enables you to think W300, W301 Approaches 2: independently and critically about a range Aesthetics of aesthetic issues. MUSI230 Post-Wagnerian 30 2 Introduces a range of range of genres by W300, W301 Music and various European composers that were Philosophy influenced by Wagnerian music drama; considers music s response to philosophical trends at the turn of the 20th century. MUSI240 Popular Music 30 2 Explores the connections between popular W300, W301, Studies 2: Sound, music and technology from a variety of W340 Tech and Society historical and theoretical perspectives. MUSI250 Music as an 30 1 Introduces you to the range of music W300, W301, Industry 2: Music industries and to the inter-relations W340 and Commerce between them. MUSI260 Music and 30 1 Introduces the study of music as lived culture W300, W301 Society 2: using case studies of various social groups; Music, Culture examines music s role and significance in the and Identity construction of identity. MUSI270 Music and 30 2 Explores the musical practices of film W300, W301 AV Media 2: traditions outside the Anglophone world and World Cinema their cultural contexts, with particular emphasis on comparisons to classical Hollywood practice.
16 14 Please note, modules are provided for information only and may change. Timetabling restrictions may apply. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music CORE AND SELECTED OPTIONAL MODULES OVERVIEW YEAR THREE Code Title Credit Semester Module description Programmes MUSI300 Dissertation 30 1 and 2 Deepens knowledge of your chosen W300, W301, subject; develops research skills and W340 skills in writing and presentation. MUSI302 Classical 30 1 and 2 Brings you up to a near-professional W300, W301 Practical Study 3 standard of performance. MUSI304 Popular 30 1 and 2 Enables you to further develop your W300, W301, Practical Study 3 group rehearsal skills to a professional level W340 of competency. MUSI305 Analysis 3: 30 2 Explores the music of Romantic and W301, W340 Romantic and early-modern composers such as Schubert, Early Modernist Schumann, Chopin, Wagner, Debussy, Music and Schoenberg. MUSI306 Composition and 15 1 Develops accuracy and fluency in notation; W300, W301, Orchestration 3A practical knowledge of instruments in relation W340 to different orchestrational tasks; refines and expands knowledge of 20th/21st-century styles, languages and approaches. MUSI309 Music 15 2 Enables you to develop and practice, W300, W340 Technology to a more advanced level, your composition Projects and production skills; encourages you to work confidently and effectively on a self-directed and independent project. MUSI320 Critical 30 2 Familiarises you with approaches W300, W301, Approaches 3: to listening and reception and compares W340 Reception approaches across various fields and approaches to music (classical, popular, ubiquitous, new media). MUSI330 Opera and 30 1 Increases knowledge of and familiarity W300, W301, European Politics with operatic repertoire; its position within W340 in the Long the cultural and political contexts of Europe Nineteenth Century in the 19th century. MUSI340 Contemporary 30 1 Introduces key current debates within W300, W301, Genres popular music studies; examines social, W340 cultural and aesthetic implications of current developments within popular music; develops an understanding of the contexts of production and consumption of contemporary popular music genres.
17 @livuni UofLTube 15 Code Title Credit Semester Module description Programmes MUSI350 Music as an 30 2 Considers the relationships between the W300, W301 Industry 3: music industries and other media industries. Music and Mediation MUSI361 Asian Practice 30 2 Develops an understanding of Asian W300, W301, and Global artistic practice in the global repertoire, W340 Music Repertoire with particular emphasis on both popular and classical music and their associated cultural values. MUSI370 Music and 30 1 Outlines the evolution of non-hollywood W300, W301, AV Media 3: film, music video and video installation art, W340 Moving Image with particular emphasis on their critique of classical Hollywood practice.
18 16 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts > Music Honours Select Please note, modules are provided for information only and may change. Timetabling restrictions may apply. Honours Select is offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as a new and innovative way to study. With over 30 subjects participating, we offer a wide range of Joint (50:50) degrees across the Faculty. In addition, we are giving you the option to study two subjects on a 75:25 basis, focusing 75% of your time on your Major. Joint and Major/Minor degree certificates will name both subjects, demonstrating more clearly the range of your achievement as you build your professional future. Subject Choice 100% Single Honours 75:25 Major/Minor 50:50 Joint Honours Specialise in one subject and immerse yourself in something you re passionate about. Complement your Major with something you ve always been interested in, or that could enhance your career prospects. Choose two areas of strength to broaden your horizon and career options. Upon graduation you will receive a certificate that clearly credits the one or two subjects you chose to study.
19 @livuni UofLTube 17 Music is an interdisciplinary area of study so it makes an excellent partner for degree combinations with another subject of your choice. Because everything we do is music, you ll soon find that the skills and approaches you learn in Music will tie in with your other chosen area to produce exciting results that are unique to you. Subjects which combine particularly well with Music include: Communication and Media English Film Studies Philosophy. See honours-select/ for further details. Study abroad Students studying under Honours Select can still apply to study abroad, as long as both subjects have compatible partners. See for more information.
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