Music: Musical Arts
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Music
UCAS Code: W304, W300 (with foundation year)
Start Date(s): September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with Foundation Year
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- 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
- Overall satisfaction with this course is 100% (Source: NSS 2017)
- Overseas study available
- International students can apply
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, Paul Mealor, Matthew Van Emmerick, Duncan Stubbs, Rex Richardson, 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.