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BA (Hons) Music BA (Hons) Music

The course offers many opportunities for students to perform in staff-led ensembles including choirs, orchestras, and bands playing a variety of styles.

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Dr Martin Scheuregger  - Programme Leader

Dr Martin Scheuregger - Programme Leader

Dr Martin Scheuregger is a Senior Lecturer in music and leads the BA (Hons) Music programme. He works professionally as a composer and musicologist, and is involved with projects across the UK and abroad that incorporate musical curation, programming, events management, direction, and music production. He teaches across areas of music analysis, composition, enterprise, performance and more, as well as directing departmental ensembles.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Music

Music at Lincoln is a contemporary, industry-focused degree for musicians looking to develop their skills as performers, composers, and collaborators within a flexible curriculum that encompasses classical, rock, pop, and non-Western music.

This course connects practice with theory, tradition with innovation, and personal creativity with collaborative projects. As well as working with other musicians, students have the opportunity to work with dancers, actors, filmmakers, animators, and computer game designers.

Practical skills are underpinned and enriched with an approach to studying music that positions practice alongside an understanding of musical histories, cultures, and genres, as well as developing the critical and reflective skills needed to articulate these connections.

The teaching team is made up of professional musicians and experienced researchers with expertise that encompasses numerous professions, disciplines, and media, such as musical theatre, composition, performance, orchestration, musical direction, and sound production.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Music

Music at Lincoln is a contemporary, industry-focused degree for musicians looking to develop their skills as performers, composers, and collaborators within a flexible curriculum that encompasses classical, rock, pop, and non-Western music.

This course connects practice with theory, tradition with innovation, and personal creativity with collaborative projects. As well as working with other musicians, students have the opportunity to work with dancers, actors, filmmakers, animators, and computer game designers.

Practical skills are underpinned and enriched with an approach to studying music that positions practice alongside an understanding of musical histories, cultures, and genres, as well as developing the critical and reflective skills needed to articulate these connections.

The teaching team is made up of professional musicians and experienced researchers with expertise that encompasses numerous professions, disciplines, and media, such as musical theatre, composition, performance, orchestration, musical direction, and sound production.

How You Study

In the first year, topics include the development of key musical skills, the use of audio production technology, working with a score, the role of music in society, and the contemporary music industry. Individual instrumental and vocal tuition is also available to all students.

In the second and third years, students can tailor the degree to suit their individual interests. There are degree pathways that focus on performance or composition, as well as scope for students to explore a wide range of practical and academic skills. In their third year, students can complete either a written dissertation on a subject of their choosing or undertake a practical project, such as writing and recording an album or arranging and performing in a tour. Students can also curate an entire music festival in their final year, giving them the opportunity to present live work and develop key professional skills.

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, ensemble rehearsals, discursive seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Practical work can take place in recording studios, performance spaces, rehearsal rooms and Mac workstations. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. Students studying music should also schedule additional time to practise on their instrument.

The teaching team is made up of professional musicians and researchers with expertise that encompass numerous professions, disciplines and mediums, including performance, composition, musicology, and teaching music. Teaching is enhanced by visiting practitioners, masterclasses, careers events, and alumni talks.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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How You Study

In the first year, topics include the development of key musical skills, the use of audio production technology, working with a score, the role of music in society, and the contemporary music industry. Individual instrumental and vocal tuition is also available to all students.

In the second and third years, students can tailor the degree to suit their individual interests. There are degree pathways that focus on performance or composition, as well as scope for students to explore a wide range of practical and academic skills. In their third year, students can complete either a written dissertation on a subject of their choosing or undertake a practical project, such as writing and recording an album or arranging and performing in a tour. There is also the opportunity to present their work in a final-year showcase.

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, ensemble rehearsals,discursive seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Practical work can take place in recording studios, performance spaces, rehearsal rooms and Mac workstations. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. Students studying music should also schedule additional time to practise on their instrument.

The teaching team is made up of professional musicians and researchers with expertise that encompass numerous professions, disciplines and mediums, including performance, composition, musicology, and teaching music. Teaching is enhanced by visiting practitioners, masterclasses, careers events, and alumni talks.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

Information for Offer Holders Joining Us in Autumn 2021

Letter from Head of School of Fine and Performing Arts

We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.

We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln will be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.

As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme. We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.

Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical studio work (including rehearsals). Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence. At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.

This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.

Teaching and Learning

Your programme will follow an on-campus, blended-learning model. This will involve a range of different learning styles where you will be able to engage with your tutors and peers in physical and virtual environments.

We are planning the majority of your teaching to be delivered face to face. This means that you will be on campus for sessions like workshops, studio classes, practical and performance work. We will also be using the benefits of online learning and teaching, particularly for large lectures, which may be delivered as live sessions in which you can interact with others, and/or recorded sessions that you can access whenever you want.

Our efforts to develop your employability within and outside of the curriculum will remain a key focus during your time at Lincoln. As your course progresses, you will be assessed in various ways, including coursework and examinations which may be online. Many of our assessment types involve live or performance work, and these will all be run safely and in line with Government guidance. The School’s various social media channels are full of great examples of live performance work that we’ve already undertaken this year.

The spaces on campus where your teaching will take place, such as performance and dance studios in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, our Fine Art Studios, or our Music rehearsal rooms, will be managed in ways that maximise your learning experience while also safeguarding your health and wellbeing in line with the latest Government guidance.

Should a change in Government guidance require a return to lockdown, we are ready to move fully online for the required period. We did this twice last year and managed to successfully deliver our curriculum and maintain our sense of community. Any changes of this kind will be communicated by email from myself and/or the university.

To complete your assignments, you will need a laptop or desktop computer. For some of our programmes, computers capable of running Adobe’s Creative Cloud software are helpful. For those that require it, we will provide an Adobe Creative Cloud license so that you can access this software at the start of your studies. All students will be provided with full access to Microsoft Office 365.

To support you in your studies, you will be assigned a Personal Tutor – a member of academic staff who is your designated ‘go to’ person for advice and support, both pastoral and academic. You will meet with them regularly in person and/or online. It is important to remember that independent learning is an essential aspect of your programme. Guided reading and other independent engagement remain key to performing well in your studies.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you on campus in October for your induction events and supporting you as you embark on this new and exciting chapter in your life. 

The University Campus

We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.

Student Wellbeing and Support

The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.

To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too, if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.

We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.

Students’ Union

Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home.

To start off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.

Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Representatives are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com.

Student Accommodation

Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our website.

The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.

We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at awesterside@lincoln.ac.uk.

Dr Andrew Westerside

Head of the School of Fine and Performing Arts

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

A History of Popular Music 2022-23MUS1001MLevel 42022-23This module charts and explores the history of popular music in the US and UK over the last one hundred years. It will introduce students to critical ways of understanding popular music through theoretical frameworks. Further consideration will be given to the cultural development of popular music and its associated industries from a variety of perspectives relating to identity (such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, and youth).CoreA Performer Prepares 2022-23MUS1002MLevel 42022-23A Performer Prepares develops students' performance skills from a range of practical, contextual and historical perspectives. At the heart of the module students will develop their individual instrumental or vocal skills with specialist teachers, preparing for a 15-minute recital at the end of the module. Students will also participate in at least one staff-led ensemble, with weekly rehearsals leading to performances across the year including one which will be assessed. Workshops underpin ongoing practical development that will see students working together in ad-hoc groups, performing to each other and receiving peer-to-peer feedback, and gaining practical training in areas of performance. Performance is critically, historically and socially situated through lecture/seminars that explore issues of performance practice through the study of musics from around the world, including western art music, traditional music and popular forms.CoreKnowing the Score 2022-23MUS1003MLevel 42022-23This module introduces students to analytical and notational strategies and their application to a wide range of musics. An approach to analysis is proposed that puts 'the listener' at the heart of how we understand music, whilst notation is seen as an evolving tool that creates different meanings across different cultures, periods and traditions. Students will be introduced to a range of analytical tools and encouraged to critique disciplinary norms by producing work which focusses on experiential and perceptual dimensions, underpinning these with careful identification of musical devices and techniques. The impact that such musical devices have not just what they are will be seen. Through examining a range of approaches to notation and transcription, students will develop an understanding of the notion of the 'musical text' in a range of traditions and be able to apply some of these in their own work.CoreMusic Industries 2022-23MUS1009MLevel 42022-23Over the course of a semester, the students will be introduced to the various industries within the world of music. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, the students will learn about industry areas such as publishing, recording, composing, performing, funding bodies, management, and booking agencies. This will be complemented by a series of workshops where students will create their own podcasts and learn how to plan, record, produce and edit a radio piece.CoreRecording and Producing Music 2022-23MUS1012MLevel 42022-23CoreCurating Music 2023-24MUS2008MLevel 52023-24This module brings together a scholarly understanding of music with practical, industry-focused skills. By the end of the module students will have written an essay on a subject of their choice and also had the opportunity to prepare a detailed proposal in response to a creative brief, to be pitched to a music industry panel.CoreMusic in Society 2023-24MUS2005MLevel 52023-24This research-based module continues the exploration of music's cultural development which began in the first year. Over the course of a term students are introduced to an eclectic range of case studies through which the teaching team demonstrate how situating music within its various production, material, and performance contexts enables a wider and more nuanced understanding of the role music plays within popular culture. Through the various analytical and critical approaches applied (musicological, ethnographic, socio-historical and dramaturgical) the module aims to further develop students' understanding of the different ways music can be studied, analysed, and understood.CoreMusic on Location 2023-24MUS2002MLevel 52023-24This module continues students' focus on their programme pathway of choice (Composition and Musical Direction or Performance and Musicianship). In supervised workshop-rehearsals students can plan and develop a collaborative group performance exercising the skills of their chosen pathway. Those on the Composition and Musical Direction pathway can take roles as composers, musical directors, vocal coaches and orchestrators of the material; those on the Performance and Musicianship pathway will take roles adapting material and performing the final show.CoreActing the Song 2023-24DRA2040MLevel 52023-24OptionalComposition 2023-24MUS2001MLevel 52023-24This module starts students' focus on the Composition programme pathway. The module enables students to develop skills in arranging for small ensembles, and leading rehearsals with small ensembles of performers. In seminar sessions, students can explore the role of a composer and musical director from a range of perspectives (technical, stylistic, aesthetic and critical). They will be introduced to existing work from practitioners in the area, and can develop their own techniques and approaches through analysis, practice and reflection.OptionalEnsemble & Enterprise 2023-24MUS2009MLevel 52023-24Students work in small groups to develop a concert programme and find a performance venue, before promoting their event, rehearsing and performing the final show. Inventive approaches to performance, including considerations of unusual venues and engaging marketing techniques, are central to the module.OptionalMusic Placements 2023-24MUS2014MLevel 52023-24Reflecting the common 'portfolio careers' of many working in music and the arts, this module gives students the opportunity to experience work in a variety of working environments across a range of relevant industries. This is a highly practical module in which students learn through doing, developing skills necessary for employment in the twenty-first-century working world. Three strands of learning are underpinned through practical experience in each: 1) working in an arts venue; 2) working in an industry of the student's choice; 3) working in and with the media. Parts (1) and (2) should each be around 20 hours of working time which can be conducted at any point during the academic year of the module. The first will be facilitated through the close relationships established between the School of Fine and Performing Arts and a range of venues: students will work with staff to identify areas of interest and will be allocated work opportunities accordingly. Second, students will secure their own work experience opportunity with guidance from staff at an organisation of their choosing. Finally, media content creation skills will be gained through in-class training then carried out through audio or video interview to be conducted with colleagues in the student's chosen work placements (or at other appropriate parts of the industries), discussing their work. These interviews should be edited together to create a 35-minute piece comparing the industries in which the student worked.OptionalMusic Production and Enterprise 2022-23MUS2013MLevel 52022-23Students learn the practical and critical skills needed to self-produce a recording of their work as a singer-songwriter, performer or composer. Through learning about music enterprise, marketing, promotion and areas of music business, students will then begin to market and promote their music using appropriate platforms. Learning is split between practical recording/production sessions, and contextual/practical sessions on elements of music enterprise. In addition, students will carefully manage their independent learning to record and produce their work in a timely manner.OptionalMusic Theatre 2023-24MUS2012MLevel 52023-24Musical theatre is an interdisciplinary form. Those that perform it require a triple threat skill set (acting, singing, and dancing), and similarly those that produce it need to have an understanding of directing, choreography and composition/arrangement. In this module students will have the opportunity to develop and integrate their skills across these disciplines. While, there will be the option to incorporate both performance and production roles, students will be required to participate in and contribute to the development of material that encompasses acting, dancing, singing/music making. This work will take place in the context of a preparing a piece of Music Theatre (60-90 minutes in length) for public performance. The production itself may take various forms. For instance, it could be a production of an existing Musical, or it could be devised and developed by the group. Similarly, an existing libretto could be set to new Music or vice versa. These decisions will be made by the member of staff directing the production at the beginning of the module.OptionalPerformance 2023-24MUS2003MLevel 52023-24This module begins students' focus on the Performance programme pathway. The module aims to enable students to develop skills in collaborating within a small ensemble and working effectively within a rehearsal environment. In seminar sessions, students can explore the role of a performer and musician director from a range of perspectives (technical, stylistic, aesthetic and critical). Students will be introduced to existing work from practitioners in the area, and can develop their own techniques and approaches through analysis, practice and reflection.OptionalStudy Abroad 2023-24MUS2010MLevel 52023-24Study Abroad is an optional module which enables students to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the Universitys approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their first year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the study abroad scheme. During the semester spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this module, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.OptionalTeaching Music 2023-24MUS2004MLevel 52023-24This module aims to develops students skills and experience in teaching music to individuals and small groups. Students can work together to explore teaching practices and methods for instrumental/vocal teaching, ensemble and aural training. In a series of workshops, students will give lessons in their first study instrument to another member of the cohort, who has no previous experience of that instrument. At the end of the process, students will be assigned to school-age class groups in order to teach a small ensemble elementary singing and music theory.OptionalThe Musical 2023-24DRA2027MLevel 52023-24OptionalMusic and the Stage 2024-25MUS3004MLevel 62024-25This module aims to develop students skills and experience in creating music for the stage. The module runs concurrently with the Shakespeare and Performance module within the BA (Hons) Drama degree, in which drama students work to produce a full-scale, staff-directed Shakespeare production to be staged and performed on the LPAC stage. In this companion module, Music students will have the opportunity to create and (where appropriate) record or perform scores for a Shakespeare play, working alongside the staff and students from the Drama programme.CoreMusic Festival 2024-25MUS3005MLevel 62024-25In this module students will have the opportunity to produce promotional material for, and participate in a music and performance showcase / festival. Students can pitch their proposed promotional projects to the organisers and report on their development and implementation throughout the module. The promotional projects will require students to engage with a range of digital media as well as more traditional forms of promotion. In addition to promoting their own performance, students will have the opportunity to propose and contribute to other aspects of festival promotion. The performance itself may include or be adapted from musical material the student has composed for previous modules. However, it will also include new material or demonstrate significant development of existing material. Throughout the module students are required to maintain a digital record of the work completed which tracks the development of their ideas, the investigation of promotional methods used by musicians and the industry, as well as items of interest and inspiration.CoreDissertation (Music) Written 2024-25MUS3001MLevel 62024-25This module provides the opportunity for students to investigate and pursue a Music-based topic of their own choosing in more depth than is possible in a conventional essay. Students will be required to work on their own initiative and provide clear evidence of their ability to collect, select and evaluate relevant information, which can subsequently be presented in a clear and logical manner, in the form of a 7000 word dissertation.OptionalDissertation: Practice-led 2024-25MUS3008MLevel 62024-25This module gives students the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of practical work that can be in any area of their choosing, including a substantial performance or set of performances; a portfolio of compositions or substantial single work; an album or EP; music for a film; an audio installation. Students will be supported through a series of lectures and seminars alongside close work with an appropriate supervisor.OptionalMusic and Choreography 2024-25MUS3002MLevel 62024-25OptionalMusic and media 2024-25MUS3003MLevel 62024-25This module is designed to develop students skills and experience in creating music for different media. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside students from other programmes who are developing work in radio, film, animation, computer gaming, etc. to create appropriate musical scores and soundtracks.Optional

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

A History of Popular Music 2021-22MUS1001MLevel 42021-22This module charts and explores the history of popular music in the US and UK over the last one hundred years. It will introduce students to critical ways of understanding popular music through theoretical frameworks. Further consideration will be given to the cultural development of popular music and its associated industries from a variety of perspectives relating to identity (such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, and youth).CoreA Performer Prepares 2021-22MUS1002MLevel 42021-22A Performer Prepares develops students' performance skills from a range of practical, contextual and historical perspectives. At the heart of the module students will develop their individual instrumental or vocal skills with specialist teachers, preparing for a 15-minute recital at the end of the module. Students will also participate in at least one staff-led ensemble, with weekly rehearsals leading to performances across the year including one which will be assessed. Workshops underpin ongoing practical development that will see students working together in ad-hoc groups, performing to each other and receiving peer-to-peer feedback, and gaining practical training in areas of performance. Performance is critically, historically and socially situated through lecture/seminars that explore issues of performance practice through the study of musics from around the world, including western art music, traditional music and popular forms.CoreKnowing the Score 2021-22MUS1003MLevel 42021-22This module introduces students to analytical and notational strategies and their application to a wide range of musics. An approach to analysis is proposed that puts 'the listener' at the heart of how we understand music, whilst notation is seen as an evolving tool that creates different meanings across different cultures, periods and traditions. Students will be introduced to a range of analytical tools and encouraged to critique disciplinary norms by producing work which focusses on experiential and perceptual dimensions, underpinning these with careful identification of musical devices and techniques. The impact that such musical devices have not just what they are will be seen. Through examining a range of approaches to notation and transcription, students will develop an understanding of the notion of the 'musical text' in a range of traditions and be able to apply some of these in their own work.CoreMusic Industries 2021-22MUS1009MLevel 42021-22Over the course of a semester, the students will be introduced to the various industries within the world of music. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, the students will learn about industry areas such as publishing, recording, composing, performing, funding bodies, management, and booking agencies. This will be complemented by a series of workshops where students will create their own podcasts and learn how to plan, record, produce and edit a radio piece.CoreRecording and Producing Music 2021-22MUS1012MLevel 42021-22Students are prepared for the expectations and practices of working in professional recorded sound environments across this two-semester module. Students can gain the core techniques of engineers and producers, whilst also developing an understanding of working in a studio environment that can be applied to careers in performance, composition and arts management. Over the course of semester A, the module introduces students to the key principles and skills involved in the recording of musical performances and the specialist terminology through which these are conveyed. Students have the opportunity to employ recording, editing, and mixing skills within a variety of musical environments using the appropriate industry-standard hardware and software. As part of this practical work, students will be required to develop their ability to listen, evaluate, and select the appropriate tools to enhance the audio material captured. In semester B, students can build on the techniques covered in the first semester, adding audio synthesis and midi sequencing, alongside use of synthesis and other audio creation.CoreCurating Music 2022-23MUS2008MLevel 52022-23This module develops creative approaches to music enterprise, foregrounding the notion of musical curation as students develop the skills needed to create innovative musical projects inspired by historical, cultural, creative, and other narratives. Throughout the module students work in small groups, preparing a detailed proposal in response to a professional creative brief. The module culminates in collaborative presentations in which students delivering their pitch to an industry panel.CoreMusic in Society 2022-23MUS2005MLevel 52022-23This research-based module continues the exploration of music's cultural development which began in the first year. Over the course of a term students are introduced to an eclectic range of case studies through which the teaching team demonstrate how situating music within its various production, material, and performance contexts enables a wider and more nuanced understanding of the role music plays within popular culture. Through the various analytical and critical approaches applied (musicological, ethnographic, socio-historical and dramaturgical) the module aims to further develop students' understanding of the different ways music can be studied, analysed, and understood.CoreMusic on Location 2022-23MUS2002MLevel 52022-23On Music on Location, the whole year group works together to devise and present a musical event at a specific venue. In the past, production has taken place in galleries, churches, and arts venues. Students can focus on practical areas that suit their professional goals with opportunities to perform, compose, and record music whilst also developing a wide range of skills needed to plan and promote a professional, public-facing event. This is a highly flexible module where students can develop new and innovative work to be presented to the public.CoreActing the Song 2022-23DRA2040MLevel 52022-23OptionalComposition 2022-23MUS2001MLevel 52022-23This module starts students' focus on the Composition programme pathway. The module enables students to develop skills in arranging for small ensembles, and leading rehearsals with small ensembles of performers. In seminar sessions, students can explore the role of a composer and musical director from a range of perspectives (technical, stylistic, aesthetic and critical). They will be introduced to existing work from practitioners in the area, and can develop their own techniques and approaches through analysis, practice and reflection.OptionalEnsemble & Enterprise 2022-23MUS2009MLevel 52022-23Students work in small groups to develop a concert programme and find a performance venue, before promoting their event, rehearsing and performing the final show. Inventive approaches to performance, including considerations of unusual venues and engaging marketing techniques, are central to the module.OptionalMusic Placements 2022-23MUS2014MLevel 52022-23Reflecting the common 'portfolio careers' of many working in music and the arts, this module gives students the opportunity to experience work in a variety of working environments across a range of relevant industries. This is a highly practical module in which students learn through doing, developing skills necessary for employment in the twenty-first-century working world. Three strands of learning are underpinned through practical experience in each: 1) working in an arts venue; 2) working in an industry of the student's choice; 3) working in and with the media. Parts (1) and (2) should each be around 20 hours of working time which can be conducted at any point during the academic year of the module. The first will be facilitated through the close relationships established between the School of Fine and Performing Arts and a range of venues: students will work with staff to identify areas of interest and will be allocated work opportunities accordingly. Second, students will secure their own work experience opportunity with guidance from staff at an organisation of their choosing. Finally, media content creation skills will be gained through in-class training then carried out through audio or video interview to be conducted with colleagues in the student's chosen work placements (or at other appropriate parts of the industries), discussing their work. These interviews should be edited together to create a 35-minute piece comparing the industries in which the student worked.OptionalMusic Production and Enterprise 2021-22MUS2013MLevel 52021-22Students learn the practical and critical skills needed to self-produce a recording of their work as a singer-songwriter, performer or composer. Through learning about music enterprise, marketing, promotion and areas of music business, students will then begin to market and promote their music using appropriate platforms. Learning is split between practical recording/production sessions, and contextual/practical sessions on elements of music enterprise. In addition, students will carefully manage their independent learning to record and produce their work in a timely manner.OptionalMusic Theatre 2022-23MUS2012MLevel 52022-23Musical theatre is an interdisciplinary form. Those that perform it require a triple threat skill set (acting, singing, and dancing), and similarly those that produce it need to have an understanding of directing, choreography and composition/arrangement. In this module students will have the opportunity to develop and integrate their skills across these disciplines. While, there will be the option to incorporate both performance and production roles, students will be required to participate in and contribute to the development of material that encompasses acting, dancing, singing/music making. This work will take place in the context of a preparing a piece of Music Theatre (60-90 minutes in length) for public performance. The production itself may take various forms. For instance, it could be a production of an existing Musical, or it could be devised and developed by the group. Similarly, an existing libretto could be set to new Music or vice versa. These decisions will be made by the member of staff directing the production at the beginning of the module.OptionalPerformance 2022-23MUS2003MLevel 52022-23This module begins students' focus on the Performance programme pathway. The module aims to enable students to develop skills in collaborating within a small ensemble and working effectively within a rehearsal environment. In seminar sessions, students can explore the role of a performer and musician director from a range of perspectives (technical, stylistic, aesthetic and critical). Students will be introduced to existing work from practitioners in the area, and can develop their own techniques and approaches through analysis, practice and reflection.OptionalStudy Abroad 2022-23MUS2010MLevel 52022-23Study Abroad is an optional module which enables students to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the Universitys approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their first year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the study abroad scheme. During the semester spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this module, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.OptionalTeaching Music 2022-23MUS2004MLevel 52022-23This module aims to develop students skills and experience in teaching music to individuals and small groups, focusing on both instrumental/vocal teaching and classroom experience. Through both practical workshops underpinned with theory, students can develop the skills needed to be effective educators in a variety of settings. Through working directly with a partner school, students will have the opportunity to teach a class of their own. The module gives students excellent experience for pursuing a career in teaching and for applying for PGCE (teacher training) courses.OptionalThe Musical 2022-23DRA2027MLevel 52022-23OptionalMusic and the Stage 2023-24MUS3004MLevel 62023-24This module aims to develop students skills and experience in creating music for the stage. The module runs concurrently with the Shakespeare and Performance module within the BA (Hons) Drama degree, in which drama students work to produce a full-scale, staff-directed Shakespeare production to be staged and performed on the LPAC stage. In this companion module, Music students will have the opportunity to create and (where appropriate) record or perform scores for a Shakespeare play, working alongside the staff and students from the Drama programme.CoreMusic Festival 2023-24MUS3005MLevel 62023-24In this module students will have the opportunity to produce promotional material for, and participate in a music and performance showcase / festival. Students can pitch their proposed promotional projects to the organisers and report on their development and implementation throughout the module. The promotional projects will require students to engage with a range of digital media as well as more traditional forms of promotion. In addition to promoting their own performance, students will have the opportunity to propose and contribute to other aspects of festival promotion. The performance itself may include or be adapted from musical material the student has composed for previous modules. However, it will also include new material or demonstrate significant development of existing material. Throughout the module students are required to maintain a digital record of the work completed which tracks the development of their ideas, the investigation of promotional methods used by musicians and the industry, as well as items of interest and inspiration.CoreDissertation (Music) Written 2023-24MUS3001MLevel 62023-24This module provides the opportunity for students to investigate and pursue a Music-based topic of their own choosing in more depth than is possible in a conventional essay. Students will be required to work on their own initiative and provide clear evidence of their ability to collect, select and evaluate relevant information, which can subsequently be presented in a clear and logical manner, in the form of a 7000 word dissertation.OptionalDissertation: Practice-led 2023-24MUS3008MLevel 62023-24This module gives students the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of practical work that can be in any area of their choosing, including a substantial performance or set of performances; a portfolio of compositions or substantial single work; an album or EP; music for a film; an audio installation. Students will be supported through a series of lectures and seminars alongside close work with an appropriate supervisor.OptionalMusic and Choreography 2023-24MUS3002MLevel 62023-24OptionalMusic and media 2023-24MUS3003MLevel 62023-24This module is designed to develop students skills and experience in creating music for different media. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside students from other programmes who are developing work in radio, film, animation, computer gaming, etc. to create appropriate musical scores and soundtracks.Optional

How you are assessed

Much of the assessment on this course will be practical and will reflect the demands and expectations of the music industries. Depending on the chosen pathway, students may be asked to perform or to create and submit their music using various technologies. Students may be required to submit their practical work as a portfolio documenting their creative process and development.

Written assessments come in various forms and are designed to develop writing skills for academic work, but also to allow students to develop industry-specific writing skills. Students may therefore produce sleevenotes, funding applications, project reports, reflective journals, professional portfolios, websites, and writing in other relevant formats.

The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Much of the assessment on this course will be practical and will reflect the demands and expectations of the music industries. Depending on the chosen pathway, students may be asked to perform or to create and submit their music using various technologies. Students may be required to submit their practical work as a portfolio documenting their creative process and development.

Written assessments come in various forms and are designed to develop writing skills for academic work, but also to allow students to develop industry-specific writing skills. Students may therefore produce sleevenotes, funding applications, project reports, reflective journals, professional portfolios, websites, and writing in other relevant formats.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Some assessments are practical and/or performance based, others are more academic and take the form of oral presentations and written work. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

There are no mandatory additional costs related to this course. However, we would however generally expect students to own and maintain the instrument they are studying. Though we do have pianos, guitars and drums that can be used or borrowed, other instruments may not be available.

Additional costs may apply for those participating in productions with the Lincoln Company.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

There are no mandatory additional costs related to this course. However, we would however generally expect students to own and maintain the instrument they are studying. Though we do have pianos, guitars and drums that can be used or borrowed, other instruments may not be available.

Additional costs may apply for those participating in productions with the Lincoln Company.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC and a recognised practical music examination at Grade 5, A Level Music or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC and a recognised practical music examination at Grade 5, A Level Music or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Features

Performance Opportunities

There are many opportunities to perform in staff-led ensembles including choirs, orchestras, and bands in a variety of styles. Students can join as many of these ensembles as they like at no extra cost. We organise regular performances on and off campus, with students having previously performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the Platform Stage in The Engine Shed, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Drill Hall, for Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, and at Siren Radio.

There are opportunities to get involved with the in-house semi-professional Lincoln Company, which stages productions throughout the year, including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Additional costs may apply.

Live Music and Events

As well as performing as part of your degree, it is vital to experience a range of music as listeners. The degree introduces you to a wide range of music in the classroom, but also provides opportunities to see live music and experience live events such as talks and conferences. In recent years students have experienced performances at Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and many others.

Music Conference

Each year music students organise, contribute to and attend the Music Conference, with third-year students presenting practical or written dissertation projects. This event gives students the opportunity to be involved in the planning and delivery of an academic event where they can share their work in performance, composition, and music production, as well as through academic presentations.

Study Abroad

In second year, students can choose to study abroad. An optional module enables students to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their first year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the study abroad scheme.

Students are responsible for travel, accommodation, and general living costs while undertaking a period of study abroad.

Placements

Our optional placements module in the second year allows students the opportunity to gain work experience in the industry, focusing on a role suited to their career aspirations and specialist expertise developed on the programme. The module encourages students to reach into the wider community to hone their skills for future employment.

Students are responsible for travel, accommodation, and general living costs while on placement.

Interviews

We invite applicants to an Audition Day during which we will ask you to perform a 3–5 minute piece that shows you at your best, talk about your musical interests and experiences, and share with us your reasons for wanting to study at Lincoln. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, meet staff and students, and see our facilities.

"I am able to look back and see the huge impact this course has had on me as both an academic and a musician. From developing my musical knowledge, to giving me the tools and life skills to excel in any future career path I choose, this course has played a huge role in my development as an individual."

Amber Shucksmith, BA (Hons) Music graduate

Career Opportunities

Through enterprise and career-focused teaching students have the opportunity to engage with parts of the music industries. Students have benefited from connections with Frequency Festival, Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, the International Guitar Foundation, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln Drill Hall, and range of local venues and organisations.

We aim to provide our graduates with the necessary skills and experience to pursue careers as freelance songwriters, musical directors, arrangers, orchestrators, composers, studio technicians, teachers, vocal coaches, producers, agents, event managers, and arts managers among many other roles.

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