Music: Performance BA (Hons)

On this programme you will refine your individual identity as a solo performer. You will perform across a range of styles and settings, including the concert hall, recording studio and in the wider community. Working alongside composers, community musicians, and educators, you will learn the craft of advanced performance on your chosen instrument or voice from specialist instrumental and vocal tutors.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 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.

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.

As a performer you will take specialist solo performance modules and will receive individual vocal or instrumental lessons. You will have opportunities to perform in a range of venues and contexts, as soloist and as a member of an ensemble. You will be able to gain experience leading ensembles in rehearsal and performance.

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 performers 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.

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Course structure

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 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

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.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

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 2017 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 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 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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