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Music - Course Outline

Students are taught through seminars, lectures and supervisions. The faculty organizes seminars and lectures where prominent figures are invited who interact with students. The lectures and seminars take place in the faculty. The colleges also organize supervisions with the intention of providing students thorough understanding of the subject.

Part First 'A'

Year First

The part first 'A' incorporates an introduction to techniques of composition, historical subjects, analysis and practical musicianship. Students take following six papers.

  • Counterpoint
  • Harmony
  • Cultural and Historical Studies, which includes a further topic on Western musical history and may consist of an introduction to ethnomusicology
  • Analysis (eighteenth as well as early nineteenth-century music)
  • Practical Musicianship that enhances keyboard and aural skills
  • Historical Subjects, which includes some of the central collection of Western music

Part First 'B'

Year Second

In the part first 'B' year second, students need to take five papers of which two are compulsory. Two compulsory papers are:

  • A Portfolio of Tonal Compositions
  • Analysis (nineteenth and twentieth-century music)

Students need to choose three papers from the following.

  • Test of advanced keyboard skills
  • Portfolio of Free Compositions
  • Up to seven additional papers offered each year. These papers cover a broad range of topics
  • Dissertation of approximately 5,000 - 7,000 words on a subject of students' choice

Lately, followings are included.

  • Rossini
  • American Jazz
  • Bach's Cantatas
  • Music and Science
  • The Mighty Handful and its Legacy

Part Second

Year Third

In the part second year third, a wide spectrum of choice allows students to specialize even further. Students choose six papers from a large number of options comprising:

  • Portfolios in Notation, Analysis, Advanced Tonal Composition and Free composition
  • Dissertation of approximately 7,000 - 10,000 words on a subject of students' choice
  • Performance:
    • on an instrument
    • or of singing
    • or in accompaniment

Up to ten additional papers are offered each year covering a broad range of topics. For instance:

  • Stravinsky
  • Blues Cultures
  • Unfinished Works
  • Music Psychology
  • Shostakovich

Course Requirements

Students who would like to apply for the degree course in music must be studying 'A' level music or equivalent. Apart from this no particular subjects are more enviable than others. History and modern languages are helpful as well as virtually all other subjects such as sciences and mathematics. It must be noted that Music Technology is not a sufficient alternate for music 'A' level. Candidates must be accustomed to at least some standard repertory and have experience of writing about music. Candidates are expected to have good musical ear, proficiency in counterpoint and harmony and some facility at the keyboard.

Students are advised to check college websites for college requirements. They also see entrance requirements for offers, general requirements and qualifications. Candidates must be enthusiastic and have interest to learn music.


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