This degree allows you to study and specialise in contemporary music performance, composition and academic study, ranging from acoustic singer-songwriting through to experimental electronic forms.
We place strong emphasis on creativity, experimentation and artistic risk-taking. There are also plenty of opportunities to develop your performance skills, helping you to grow as an accomplished musician.
You study a broad range of historical and cultural topics, opening you up to diverse musical experiences, such as hip hop and installation/art music.
At the start of your degree, compulsory modules provide you with a strong foundation in contemporary and popular cultural, theoretical and creative approaches.
Our Stage 1 topics range across the twentieth- and into the twenty-first centuries, including modules that explore world musics and investigate contemporary musical materials.
In later Stages, you choose from a range elective modules covering areas such as:
You also study modules that help you develop as a creative musician, and improve as a performer and as a composer.
In your final year, you complete a major specialist study, which may be:
See the Modules section for detailed information on what you will study.
There are excellent performance opportunities for music students at Newcastle:
Listen to performances by students and staff at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University.
Find out more about performance opportunities at Newcastle University on the School website.
Students wishing to add an international dimension to their degree can study abroad.
We have links with a number of universities and conservatoires in Europe, North America, South America and Australia.
Study at Newcastle and you will join a supportive community in the International Centre for Music Studies.
We have over 100 professional instrumental and vocal tutors delivering free one-to-one tuition, including members of the internationally acclaimed Northern Sinfonia.
Our purpose-built Music Studios give you access to a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, including:
Our base in the Armstrong Building offers a further range of facilities, including:
Visit the School website to take a virtual tour of our music facilities
We have an excellent collection of instruments for you to use, including:
Our online archives include excellent resources for African-American music, classical music recordings, North East folk music, music from America’s past, and world musics.
Find out more about our resources on the homepage of the International Centre for Music Studies.
I chose Newcastle because I loved what the University offered in terms of the flexibility within modules and how it meant I could design my own degree.