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Why Study Music

Music is a hugely diverse field, encompassing practical and academic work, and bearing upon history, culture, science and even people’s sense of who they are. You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t fascinated by and passionate about music, but there are many different ways to further your knowledge of it.

One important decision is whether to go to a university or a conservatoire. While both involve practical studies, universities set them in a broader context of academic study, which means that you acquire a large number of transferable skills that prepare you for life after university.

Many music students enter the music profession in one guise or another, as performers, composers, teachers or administrators, but a music degree prepares students for a career in almost anything, with a number each year going on to work in finance, management and law. In short, you can set yourself up for life while doing what you really want to do and doing what you really want to do is the best way to get a good degree!

For information about the course, please see here.

The Music Tripos, leading to the BA degree after three years, is examined each year. Part IA in the first year is a broad based course where all subjects are compulsory. Part IB offers some opportunity to specialise, while for the final year, Part II, a greater number of options allow students to shape their courses more individually.

Lectures and seminars are arranged by the Faculty of Music, but with Homerton College providing excellent facilities and support for those reading the subject. There is a well-equipped library, which houses an extensive collection of CDs and scores, as well as books about music. The library also contains a large collection of chamber, choral and orchestral performance materials. Homerton College has an ample number of spaces for practice and rehearsal, and is equipped with twelve pianos, including Steinway, Yamaha and Bluthner grands, as well as an extensive collection of orchestral percussion instruments, electronic keyboards and a drum kit. In addition to the Auditorium, there are several rooms where concerts and recitals can be given, and the College Music Society, which is run by the students, organises concerts and lunchtime recitals, and other less formal events, on a regular basis.

All our music undergraduates are provided with a generous allowance towards the cost of instrumental or vocal lessons, and a keyboard for private use in their rooms. A number of choral scholarships are offered for singing in the Charter Choir (and Homerton takes part in the University Choral Awards scheme), and we also offer an organ scholarship.  Pandemonium, the student-run steel pans group, is also an active element of the College's musical life, as currently, are several jazz ensembles.

Applicants are expected to be taking Music at A Level (though we certainly consider equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Highers and the International Baccalaureate). If you are following an A Level curriculum, the usual conditions of the offer will be that you obtain specified grades: typically A*AA (without specifying in which subject the A* should be obtained).

Applicants will be asked to send in a marked essay and examples of composition work in manuscript, and if possible on disc or tape.

Applicants will be asked to take a short test in some musical skills (aural and four-part harmony) and are also given the option of preparing a short unaccompanied piece to perform at interview.

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Applicants are expected to be taking Music at A Level (though we certainly consider equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Advanced Highers and the International Baccalaureate and ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at Merit and above may be accepted as a substitute). If you are following an A Level curriculum, the usual conditions of the offer will be that you obtain specified grades: typically A*AA (without specifying in which subject the A* should be obtained).

Applicants will be asked to send in a marked essay and examples of composition work in manuscript, and if possible on disc or tape.

There's no common format written assessment for Music – the Colleges will assess aptitude, knowledge base and potential through short tasks at the time of interview. For Homerton, applicants will be asked to take a short test in some musical skills (aural and four-part harmony) and are also given the option of preparing a short unaccompanied piece to perform at interview

Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

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