Musical Arts builds upon Salford's long-standing reputation for Band Musicianship and classical music training with internationally renowned tutors such as Richard Marshall and Les Neish
We offer brand new practice rooms and recording studios that are of the latest design viewed as the finest in Europe
You’ll be part of a large and vibrant music department, and benefit from numerous performing and showcasing opportunities at MediaCityUK and around Greater Manchester
This course has its roots in Salford’s pioneering Band Musicianship programme which has bound together musicians with a shared passion for music of many genres, from symphonic brass and brass and wind band through to big band jazz and popular music.
Building upon these long established foundations, the Musical Arts course is well known for producing high calibre graduates in conducting and performance such as Paul Lovatt-Cooper (UK), David King (Australia), Alan Withington (Norway), Paula Russell (Australia), Hiroe Tada (Japan), Ben Richeton (France) and Glyn Williams (UK).
Welcoming musicians from all musical backgrounds, we have a large and vibrant student body who regularly contribute to a number of recordings, high profile concerts and festivals. Salford’s proximity to Manchester city centre means you will have the opportunity to engage with like-minded creative artists in a city renowned for its dynamic music scene.
You will be able to take part in a number of our internationally acclaimed ensembles such as the Brass Band, Wind Band, Big Band and the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group and thereby engage with a varied and extensive concert programme.
Professional guest speakers and visiting artists, from our strong international links with the USA, Japan, Europe and Australia such as Nigel Clarke, Hummie Mann, Ben Godfrey, Masanori Fukuda, Naoya Takizawa, and David Thornton will provide you with an appreciation of Manchester’s historical importance within both traditional and contemporary music idioms. Our masterclass series will also assist you in your professional development and career management as a well-founded musician.
In addition to the traditional three-year degree route, you have the option of pursuing our preparation and training course, a one-year Foundation course, which develops the skill level required to continue further with the degree study.
"The BA (Hons) course, I feel was the best choice for me. With a range of different ensembles and helping me to widen my knowledge of music in general. One of my favourite things about the course is that they encourage you at not only your current instrument but, if you are interested in other instruments, they are supportive and want to further your individual development. There is a workshop/masterclass every week by a professional group or musician, in different genres of music, from classical soloists to TV composers. It shows us avenues we could take after university and inspires us into the people we become outside of academia. Within the course there is a lot of opportunity to perform too from venues as prestigious as Regent Hall, to our modest local, The Old Pint Pot, we are surrounded by performance opportunities and encouraged in every way in our musical pathway." -- Rebecca Childs
The Musical Arts pathway offers a broad-based curriculum during the first year, leading to increased opportunities for specialisation and professional development throughout Year Two and Three.
The comprehensive range of subject areas you will cover include jazz, pop and electro-acoustic composition, brass and wind arranging, band and classical historical studies and ensemble musicianship, performance and conducting. Dedicated modules such as Music Journalism, Audio for Media, and Ethnomusicology are offered alongside negotiated project modules, encouraging self-directed learning and creative collaboration. The course retains a successful balance between your personal interest and academic enquiry to produce critically aware, creative, and well-rounded music graduates.
In addition to the traditional three year degree route, you have the option of pursuing additional training and academic tuition by undertaking our four year Foundation option. While the Foundation Year is listed as an option below, it is by no means a pre-requisite to the BA (Hons) Music: Musical Arts course.
Choose 2 of the following:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104 - 120 points
FY: 72 points
|GCE A level||104 - 120 points including B in music. Appropriate subjects to include music, General studies not accepted|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM to include music
|Scottish Highers||DDM (104 - 120). To include Music. MPP (72) for Music with a Foundation Year.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||104 - 120 points. 72 points for Music with Foundation Year. To include Music.|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points, to include 5 (Higher Level) in Music. 24 points for Music with a Foundation Year.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
All applicants should be able to sight-read, have a good understanding of chords, scales, rhythms and harmony, and have the ability to transcribe ensemble performances. Applicants may be tested in these areas and will be auditioned on the instrument they wish to study for practice-based pathways. All applicants are expected to have some knowledge of acoustics and the principles that govern the creative use of music technology.
All applicants are required to audition and interview for the course.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Beth Hewitt the Director of Admissions for further information.
Examination and coursework.
Many of our students go on to further study at Salford, or to other leading musical institutions such as the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, or gain employment teaching music. Students are actively encouraged to participate in the Student Associate Scheme, which provides students with the opportunity to gain classroom work experience whilst studying.
We also have a number of students that have gone on to develop freelance careers as performers or composers as well as being associated with brass bands such as Black Dyke, Fodens, Leyland, Brighouse and Faireys.
The Principal Tuba player of Black Dyke Band, Ben Dixon now works as a clinician for Buffett Group and as a peripatetic teacher for both Rochdale and Salford music services, and is the Musical Director for Rochdale Music Centre Youth Band.
"After completing my Undergraduate studies in 2013 I was accepted onto a Graduate Scheme with the company UP Global Sourcing where I have been adapting the creative and analytical skills developed throughout my degree to build a career in Buying and Merchandising. Whilst getting a foot onto the career ladder I continued to develop as a musician and decided that I would return to Salford to study an MPhil in Music on a part time basis. It was the inspirational lecturers at Salford that confirmed to me that it would be the perfect place to continue my education and their passion and support is second to none. The wide variety of modules available on the Undergraduate course definitely helped in the preparation for the research that I’m conducting at Postgraduate level and has improved the scope of what I hope to achieve."
We have direct links with professional institutions such the BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, National Children’s’ Brass Band, Black Dyke Band, Faireys, Fodens and Leyland Band as well as the ‘Sounds from the Other City’ festival. We have a good working relationship with many venues in the local area including Islington Mill and the Bridgewater Hall.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
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Our brand new £55 million Arts and Media building houses the most up to date practice rooms, rehearsal facilities and recording studios that have been judged as the finest in Europe.
The Music Directorate houses six 'amplified rehearsal rooms', each containing a vocal PA system, stage piano / keyboard, drum kit and back-line amplifiers for guitars, bass and keyboards / electronics. The equipment is sourced from a wide range of manufacturers such as Sonor, Sabian, Roland, Mackie, Yamaha, Line 6, Fender and many more. All of the equipment is maintained by our team of both full time and evening / weekend rehearsal suite supervisors.
We also encourage students to use their own equipment for rehearsals. To facilitate this we have an instrument storage facility where students can leave their equipment to avoid having to constantly transport it between lectures, seminars and accommodation. Students are free to store instruments, amplifiers, drum kit accessories on a short/mid term basis.
'The Band Room' is a large double height space with a modifiable acoustic characteristic. It is mainly used for large acoustic ensemble rehearsals, catering for our Big Band, Brass Bands, Adelphi Contemporary Music Group and Wind Band. It is also used for performance master classes and small concerts (capacity approx 80 - 100) with a two tier stage and 5kw PA system.
Specialist rooms for drum / percussion tuition and bass guitar tuition are located in this area. When these facilities are not in use by teaching staff the rooms can be booked for individual student practice.
In addition to the facilities housed in the University we have a partnership with 'Blueprint Recording and Rehearsal Studios' (http://www.blueprint-studios.com). This world class facility is located just 10 minutes walk from the Adelphi campus and caters for any overspill from our own rehearsal rooms. Many students take 'block bookings' at Blueprint whilst working towards ensemble musicianship performance exams.
The Music Directorate houses two fully equipped professional recording studios and a further three pre/post production studios with access to a variety of recording/performance spaces. We have created a creative and educational environment which aims to mirror contemporary professional studio practise. Our general philosophy is to facilitate the use of both analogue and digital recording platforms, software and hardware signal processing. All studios centre around a large format mixing desk which can feed hard disk recording systems and 24 track analogue tape machines. The two large recording studios (A / B) make use of comprehensive balanced patch bays, giving students the opportunity to fully explore traditional signal routing, a skill vital to ones progression into professional practice.
Monday - Friday: 9.30am – Midnight
Saturday: 10am – Midnight
Sunday: 10am – 9pm
W304, W300 (with foundation year)
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with Foundation Year