Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

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Course title Bachelor of Music (Honours)
Course code UBMUSHFT
Postnominal B. Mus (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Philip Ciantar
Delivered by School of Performing Arts
The Bachelor of Music (Honours) integrates the development of practical skills with theoretical and historical musical knowledge whilst giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves in every aspect of music. The programme offers a high standard of academic, compositional and instrumental/vocal tuition in a uniquely broad range of styles. Students will participate in a thriving performance and composition environment and have opportunities to work with a wide range of professional artists, academics, and practitioners.
The first year of study provides students with the foundation musical knowledge and skills for more advanced work later in the course. In their second and final years, students follow pathways in either performance, composition or musicology and ethnomusicology. The programme also includes a placement that should help students experience work in the cultural sector, particularly in the music business. During this programme, students will develop a wide range of transferrable skills, including communication, interpersonal skills, creative thinking, teamwork, leadership, planning, time-management and problem-solving.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants shall also be required to undertake an interview and an audition, provided that applicants with a pass at Grade C or better at Advanced Matriculation Level in Music shall be exempted from both interview and audition.

Applicants considered as “Adult Learners” (mature applicants) in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the School Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the course with profit.

The eligibility of applicants considered as “Adult Learners” (mature applicants) shall be decided by the University Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the School Admissions Committee, following an interview and an audition conducted by a board appointed for the purpose. Such applicants shall be exempted from the audition if they present a pass at Grade C or better at Advanced Matriculation Level in Music.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

Applicants in possession of the Diploma in Wind Band Studies of this University, who have obtained ECTS credits for study-units considered by the Board of Studies to be equivalent to those in the programme of study, may also be admitted to the Course. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board of Studies to transfer these credits to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed 60 ECTS credits.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
The Bachelor of Music (Hons) provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

(a) Subject Knowledge and Understanding of:

1. a broad knowledge in the various areas of music studied, including a detailed grasp of appropriate repertoires, texts and resources, and familiarity with associated concepts and issues,
2. a broad knowledge relevant to music studies, including the relationship to wider historical, philosophical, cultural and social contexts, and an understanding of the historic or current debates on such issues,
3. the relationship between theory and practice,
4. how music, through whichever area studied, relates to cognate disciplines in the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences, as appropriate,
5. the position, function and value of music in contemporary society with special attention to its relation to educational, professional, institutional or community perspectives,
6. the role of the audience: the performance and production skills necessary to communicate with audiences,
7. a range of musical concepts about music as perceived globally.

(b) Intellectual Development and Skills

1. to recognise and analyse musical organisation, style, genre or tradition, whether aurally, or by studying a written score,
2. to demonstrate elements of personal expression, imagination and creativity in practice-based projects or activities (whether this takes the form of performing, improvising, composing, arranging, recording or authoring), and the ability to communicate effectively, employing appropriate technical and interpretative means,
3. to demonstrate the acquisition and application of appropriate research skills,
4. to analyse, manipulate, and interrogate or create musical materials (texts, scores, audio/visual media) and present results or findings in a coherent and communicable form,
5. to recognise and identify, by aural acuity, essential components of a musical language, such as mode, metre and sonorities (timbre, texture, instrumentation etc.) and to notate them if and where appropriate,
6. to use relevant techniques and methods to explain and demonstrate the interrelationship between musical theory and practice,
7. to develop ideas and construct arguments in written form and to evaluate such ideas and arguments critically,
8. to use computers, digital equipment and software for creating and recording music, and for music-related tasks such as notation, sound analysis and synthesis, composition and editing.

(c) Key / Transferable Skills

1. develop a broad range of musical skills, but also intellectual and practical skills of reasoning and independent thought, of reflection and self-criticism,
2. develop essential transferable skills in computing and information technology, in musical and written communication, and in enquiry and research,
3. work collaboratively with others, utilising a variety of team structures and working methods, and understanding group dynamics and handling interpersonal issues,
4. develop and pursue creative projects within specified resource constraints of time, space, and/or budget, thus developing problem-solving skills,
5. manage workloads to meet deadlines, and sustain focus for extended periods working on independent creative projects, developing autonomy and self-management,
6. identify a proper lifestyle that supports the wellbeing of a professional in music,
7. negotiate effectively with a variety of agencies (inside and outside the programme) thus developing interpersonal skills,
8. communicate effectively, to a professional standard, coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing, using appropriate communication and presentation technologies;
9. develop marketing skills.

(d) Other Skills relevant to Employability and Personal Development

1. to comprehend, analyse, and critically interpret texts, policy documents, funding and job applications, as well as being equipped to generate the same, especially but not exclusively in the creative industries,
2. to appraise and produce informed and specialised documentation about public events,
3. to trace, assess, and synthesise information and data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary, printed, electronic, and other,
4. to use archives, texts, electronic technology, and other knowledge resources, support creative work with research, appropriate documentation, and conceptual consideration,
6. to communicate effectively across a wide range of socio-cultural scenarios and expectations, spanning from local, town-level activities, to national popular culture events (e.g. religious and secular celebrations), to ‘high culture’ events;
7. to take effective decisions about many aspects of art and culture.
This programme is aimed at students who want to pursue a professional career in music. It is also targeted at students wishing to work within areas relevant to music and the performing arts, education, as well as arts and cultural management.
A degree in music is the key to several career opportunities. Whatever the future ambitions, this degree will prepare students for a wide range of careers and postgraduate study options in music, including musicology and ethnomusicology, composition, and performance. There is a range of options for what a student, can do with a music degree. Teaching and performing are the two most common careers in music. Other career opportunities include jobs in the recording industry, in orchestral playing and management, opportunities as freelance composers or performers, work in cultural management and administration, in the media and entertainment, or in libraries and archives, to mention a few. In addition, a degree in music is sometimes considered as an asset by employers seeking formal certification of professional training in creativity from prospective employees.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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