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Undergraduate Music course at City University in London.

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      15.01.2010 12:29
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      Optional Course with plenty of choice

      Having Studied Music at City University from 2001-4 I cannot recommend this course enough. According to UCAS, the current entry level for the course is A Level at grades BBC to include Music plus ABRSM grade 7 on any instrument (or grade 8 if you wish to take performance tuition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

      What I liked about the course at City was the flexibility and options available; you can specialise not only in Western Classical Music, but also in related areas of music such as technology, performance and composition or ethnomusicology - this is possible as the entire 2nd and 3rd year of the course is optional and includes no core modules other than Major Project (dissertation)

      While I was at City, the breakdown of the course was as follows:

      All first year students follow a common path of study, as I studied several years ago, I expect there are some minimal changes in this structure, but generally the modules I completed were as follows:

      Music in Oral Cultures 1 (Introduction to Ethnomusicology)
      Music in Oral Cultures 2 (North Indian Classical Music)
      Western Music 1 (French Grand Opera)
      Western Music 2 (Materials of Tonal Music)
      Music Sound and Technology 1 (Acoustics)
      Music, Sound and Technology 2 (Electro acoustic Composition)
      Instrumental and Vocal Composition
      Performance 1 (Solo Performance)
      Performance 2 (Ensemble Performance)

      This initial year opens you mind (and ears) to a wide variety of musics, providing the student with a good foundation to take on more specialist courses at levels 2 and 3. At the moment, the current modules on offer include, among many others:

      Composition
      Electroacoustic Composition
      'Fact' and 'Fiction' : Representations of Composers
      The Impact of Wagner
      Mozart
      African American Music Studies
      Jewish Music Studies
      Indonesian Music
      Music Therapy

      This really is a great course, and would recommend anyone interested in a varied programme of study which is different to many of the more traditional courses out there, check out the website: www.city.ac.uk/music

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