Open University validated as
- BA (Hons) in Music and Music Performance (Music pathway)
- BA (Hons) in Music and Music Performance (Music Performance pathway)
Introduction to the Major in Music
Established in 1989, the Music program is focused on the academic study of music integrated with a creative approach to contemporary performance practices. Music students benefit from outstanding academic resources, music facilities and performance spaces as well as small class sizes and personalized attention from a highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to the educational mission of the program.
Both program pathways, Music and Music Performance, focus on the development of students’ knowledge and critical understanding of music. Emphasis is given to European music and the study of its repertoires, performance practices, scholarly literature and historical contexts. Students also engage with the creative possibilities offered by new music technologies and develop essential musicianship skills.
In addition to subject specific skills, the academic study of music also develops a variety of intellectual and generic skills, all of which are relevant to career paths in music as well as a variety of other fields. The program’s broad foundation in the study of music combined with the general education requirements and interdisciplinary options prepare students for postgraduate studies in a range of music disciplines.
What You Will Study
The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music
Music students pursue the academic study of music with emphasis on learning how to research, evaluate and discuss music. They also develop practical skills in music theory and music technology. Emphasis is given to the development of essential skills, critical thinking and the ability to communicate arguments. Performance on a primary instrument is not required though students may take select performance courses as options.
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music Performance
Music Performance majors pursue the academic study of music, learning how to research, evaluate and discuss music, with an emphasis on the development of music performance skills. Music Performance students have previous instrumental or vocal training, and are accepted to the program by audition. (Contact the Music Department Head for information about auditions). Performance students develop valuable performance skills at the Music Forum Performance Lab where they gather each week to perform their lesson repertoire and discuss a range of performance issues.
Career/Graduate Study Opportunities
In addition to various practical subject specific skills, the academic study of music also develops a variety of intellectual and generic skills, all of which are relevant to career paths in music as well as a variety of other fields. Deree students have the opportunity to pursue and to combine interests from a number of different academic disciplines. They can select modules to support graduate specializations in areas such as music therapy, music journalism, music management, music technology, music criticism, ethnomusicology, film music, musical theatre, music aesthetics, as well as other areas of specialization to prepare for a wide range of career options. As career options in music today include a variety of professional fields which are constantly developing, the solid and diverse academic background offered by Deree is a distinct advantage. Below is a list of some career paths open to graduates of B.A. (Hons) Music programs: most career paths require further specialization at the graduate level:
- Music education
- Music Scores Publisher, Editor (music publishing houses)
- Musicologist, Ethnomusicologist
- Music Librarian Music Therapist Music/Arts Administrator (promotional agencies, music industry)
- Community Arts Coordinator/Developer (municipalities, local councils)
- Music Editor for Film Music/Recording Industry
- Music Technology, Electronic Music Synthesis
- TV/Radio Industry (program director, speaker, advisor, researcher, archivist, administrator)
- Music Critic, Writer, Editor (press, magazines, journals, books)
- Music careers in composition, conducting and performance require intensive vocational training and musical and technical competence