Music: Education & Community BA (Hons)

On this programme you will discover your strengths as a community musician and educator. Specialist modules and placements in a range of relevant contexts and environments will enable you to experience first-hand how you can use music to positively impact people’s lives. As a well-rounded musician, you will participate in a vibrant musical community alongside performers and composers. The International Centre for Community Music, based at York St John University, will substantially enrich your experience and opportunities during the course.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

This is a course for all musics and musicians, irrespective of style, background, and culture: we believe the study of music should be eclectic and embrace a variety of genres. Study Music at York St John University and you will learn not only about classical, jazz and rock but also music from many different cultures.

As a student on our Music: Education and Community programme, you will take specialist modules which explore the role which music plays when applied in educational and community contexts. You will have experience of work-related learning which might take place in a school, a daycare centre, a nursery or a hospital and you will have opportunities to use music with children, elderly people, homeless people and mental health service users.

All of our students learn through making music, often in a wide range of ensemble settings from samba band to string quartet, madrigal to metal and big band to barbershop. On our music courses you will actively collaborate with experienced musicians, community members, artists and arts organisations in order to develop performances, skills and professional networks.

We teach music through practice, whether in performing, composing, listening, or analysing. Our degrees challenge you to realise your potential for creativity and individual expression, to develop a deeper understanding of music and its place in society and to gain and refine skills which are highly valued by employers. All students take a common first year in which everyone receives individual instrumental or vocal tuition, providing a firm basis for specialist study in subsequent years.

Our staff includes professional community musicians who are active educators and practitioners locally, nationally and internationally.

We want to work with open minded, motivated and creative students who possess strong practical skills.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal written examinations: assessment is through portfolios, presentations, performances and written submissions.

Where could this take me?

Many of our graduates have chosen to work in music, as performers, composers, teachers, community musicians, administrators, therapists or technicians. You can also continue your studies at postgraduate level on our MA Community Music programme (subject to validation).  York St John University also offers PGCE Primary Education and PGCE Secondary Music courses.

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Course structure


Students on this programme take the Music in Education & Lifelong Learning and Community Music modules in their second year. You will also be able to develop your composition or performance skills on specialist options in year 2. You will be supported in undertaking placements in the community, and we have many established partnerships with community organisations.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Vox
  • Drumming
  • Music Skills
  • Perspectives on Music

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Ensemble Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Solo Performance
  • Film Music
  • Music in Education & Lifelong Learning
  • Community Music
  • Experiments in Music
  • Sounds New. Approaching the Contemporary

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Enterprise & Employability in Music
  • Advanced Solo Performance
  • Advanced Composition
  • Community & Wellbeing
  • Ensembles & Leadership
  • Collaborative Project
  • Dissertation

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88-104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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