Diploma in Wind Band Studies

Diploma in Wind Band Studies

Course information

Course title Diploma in Wind Band Studies
Course code UDWBSPTE
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Philip Ciantar
Delivered by School of Performing Arts
The Diploma in Wind Band Studies is designed to equip practising musicians involved in wind bands, as well as other musicians interested in this musical genre, with the necessary knowledge, skills and competences relevant to their practice and/or interest. This diploma course has a strong emphasis on practical activities enabling students to develop a wide range of creative, technical and professional skills required for an effective participation in wind bands and music-making more broadly. These skills are complimented by studies in conducting, composition, arranging, music technology, as well as practical instrumental tuition, solfège classes, and related studies focusing on the Maltese wind band tradition and leadership skills in collaborative music-making.

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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 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 admitted under 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 maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 20 students.

If there are more eligible applicants than the number of places available, applicants in possession of an Advanced Matriculation Level in Music shall be ranked first, according to the following categories listed in order of preference:

1st Category: those with a grade ‘A’ in Music
2nd Category: those with a grade ‘B’ in Music
3rd Category: those with a grade ‘C’ in Music

If vacant places are still available, the remaining applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, which shall be determined during an audition and interview:

(a) Technical ability (30%)
(b) Creativity (20%)
(c) Critical Thinking (20%)
(d) Potential for Development (10%)
(e) Social Interaction (10%)
(f) Articulation (10%)

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

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 1,800
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
a. Subject Knowledge and understanding

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

1. interrelate the diverse studies covered in this diploma course;
2. apply knowledge relevant to this musical genre to their own practice;
3. critically discuss issues related to wind band music and its performance;
4. identify modern trends in the transmission of musical knowledge and skills;
5. evaluate how knowledge may effectively be used for the benefit of others through group work, modern technology, and innovative projects; and

b. Intellectual Development

Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

1. use relevant techniques and methods to explain and demonstrate the interrelationship between theory and practice;
2. recognise, attain, and apply effective skills in the transmission of musical knowledge and skills in diverse contexts;
3. demonstrate elements of personal expression, imagination, and creativity in practice-based projects or activities and the ability to communicate effectively, employing appropriate technical and interpretative means;
4. identify, by aural acuity, the essential elements of a musical composition;
5. use computers, digital equipment and software in a range of band-related projects and activities;
6. work effectively in a team; and

c. Key/Transferable skills

Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

1. work collaboratively with others, utilising a variety of team structures and working methods, and understanding group dynamics and handling interpersonal issues;
2. develop a broad range of musical skills, but also intellectual and practical skills of reasoning and independent thought, of reflection and self-criticism;
3. develop essential transferable skills in computing and information technology, in musical and written communication, and in enquiry and research;
4. communicate effectively and professionally coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing, using appropriate communication and presentation technologies;
5. develop organisational skills; and

d. Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

Upon completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

1. trace, assess, and synthesise information and data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary, printed, electronic, and other;
2. communicate effectively across a wide range of sociocultural domains and expectations, spanning from local, town-level activities, to national popular culture events (e.g. religious and secular celebrations), to ‘high culture’ events;
3. take effective decisions about the various aspects of art and culture;
4. establish the right and appropriate procedures following consultation with all stakeholders;
5. motivate others to attain and put into practice further musical knowledge and skills.
This diploma course is mainly designed for musicians who are either actively involved in the different musical roles in wind bands, such as playing, teaching and conducting, or are envisaging the possibility of engaging themselves in such roles. Nevertheless, this course is flexible enough to welcome students from different musical backgrounds and experiences who are interested in developing their creative musicianship skills, and are seeking to acquire the knowledge and tools to engage critically with the diverse musical experiences that, in one way or another, relate to the world of wind bands.
Successful completion of the Diploma in Wind Band Studies can facilitate access to the different roles in wind bands such as music teaching and conducting. It should also serve of a recognised tertiary qualification in music when applying for jobs in cultural management and administration, in the media and entertainment, or in libraries and archives, to mention a few. In addition, this diploma is a great pathway to our Bachelor of Music (Honours) programme and further tertiary studies in music.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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