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Music as a major

Flexible Core course units:  Music as a Major students (75% Music) choose 6 half-unit courses to include at least one from List A and no more than one from List E.

List A

List B

List C

List D

List E


Choose Music courses to the value of 3 units, to include at least 2 half-unit courses from the following list:


  • Studies in Music Analysis (0.5)
  • Studies in Composition (0.5)
  • Studies in Music History (0.5)
  • Studies in Ethnomusicology (0.5)
  • Studies in Music, Media & Technology (0.5)
  • Practical Performance (0.5)

Plus Intermediate or Honours Options from the list specified each year, to bring your total number of Music courses up to 3 units, with a maximum of 1 unit at Honours level.

1 unit in the minor subject

At least 1 Special Study in:

Theory & Analysis

Plus choice from list of options

Examples of possible options include:
  • Art and Craft of 18th-Century Composition
  • Baroque Performance Practice
  • Choral Conducting
  • Editing and Notation of Early Music   
  • Elgar’s Choral and Orchestral Music
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Ensemble Performance in World Music, Andean Band
  • Ensemble Performance in World Music, Gamelan
  • From Shostakovich to Schnittke
  • German Music between the Wars
  • Ideas of German Music, 1750-2000
  • Issues in Popular Music
  • Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image
  • J.S. Bach: context and reception
  • Late Beethoven
  • Mahler and Viennese Modernism
  • Mozart’s Operas
  • Music and Orientalism
  • Music and Poetry
  • Music and Politics in Tudor England
  • Music and Society in Purcell’s London
  • Music in 1920s Paris
  • Music in the City
  • Sibelius and Music in Northern Europe
  • Music of the Mediterranean
  • Music, Environment and Ecology
  • Music, Power and Politics
  • Musical Aesthetics
  • 'Orchestras' Around the World
  • Practical & Creative Orchestration
  • Practical Performance I
  • Practical Performance II
  • Solo Performance
  • Composition Portfolio
  • The Music Film
  • The String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Traditional Music of the Andes
  • Wagner's Ring
  • Composing with Technology I
  • Composing with Technology II
  • Studies in Composition
  • Intercultural Performance: Theory & Practice
  • Musics of China
  • Musical Culture and Society in Paris, 1828-1902
  • The Symphonies of Anton Bruckner: Context, Development, Reception


  •  PY 2005 Philosophy and the Arts

    NB this list is provided for illustrative purposes and the choices available in any year will vary depending on teaching staff available and demand from students.


For links to course specifications, click here then open the tab '2nd & 3rd Year Options'


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