Engage in the practice and theories of music, encounter a variety of styles and approaches, and choose your own specialisms from performance, composition, music technology and education. You’ll also have the chance to experience live performance, from solo work to large-scale orchestral and choral productions.
Through our blend of theory and practice, and a focus on ‘learning by doing’, you’ll experience a diverse range of music and will consider a range of critical approaches to understanding it. Our emphasis on issue-based modules will allow you to explore the broader context of music, its relationship to other art forms and disciplines and to wider society, rather than just studying by historical period or geographical location.
Our Music Performance Studies modules include individual instrumental or vocal tuition from visiting tutors of international repute. These lessons will support your work on the course and help you to progress as a practising musician or vocalist. You’ll also develop your performing skills through weekly performance workshops, where you’ll receive regular feedback from staff on your progress.
On campus, you can enjoy our weekly lunchtime concerts given by professional musicians, while you’ll also have opportunities to perform in a wide variety of venues across Cambridge and beyond. Pending audition, you’ll even have the chance to join the University of Cambridge’s Musical Society and the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, or one of the many Cambridge chapel choirs and college orchestras.
Course leader: Dr Paul Rhys.
The practical and vocational skills you’ll gain from our Music course, combined with your particular specialisms, will help you stand out in the music industry. Our recent graduates enjoy successful careers as performers, composers, technologists, arts administrators and music teachers.
But the many other skills you gain, such as analysis, performance, composition, ensemble work and presentation, will be useful for a wide range of other roles too. Studying creative and performing arts will give you the ideal training for any position that requires quick thinking, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork and the ability to organise both yourself and others.
You might decide to use your talent to help others by taking our MA Music Therapy.
We have close links with many industry partners, including Cambridge Junction, where you can see theatre and musical acts; Hazard Chase, one of the leading international music management companies; and the Britten Sinfonia, one of Europe's most celebrated and innovative chamber orchestras.
You’ll demonstrate your learning and progress through a mixture of performance, creative projects, presentations, portfolios, essays and your final-year Major Project, which may include creative work.
Through ongoing assessment, you’ll improve your ability to improvise, sight-read and think on your feet, as well as develop skills in reflective thinking, preparation, drafting, and revising your work. We’ll also encourage you to use self-help packages, particularly for aural training, and undertake an extensive listening programme.
The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Our Enterprise in the Creative Arts module will give you the opportunity to take up a work placement in Year 3. This could be in an area such as music education, instrumental teaching, artist management, marketing, recording and studio work, composition and events management.
You’ll work in our purpose-built music centre, which includes lecture and practice rooms, a recital hall featuring a new Steinway Model D, an extensive suite of computer music studios with workstation laboratories, digital editing studios and recording facilities. We also have the Mumford Theatre on campus, a full-size professional venue that regularly hosts touring companies and musicians.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Entry will normally also be subject to an interview/audition.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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