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What makes Music Theatre & Performance at the University of Worcester special?

Music Theatre & Performance creatively explores ways of integrating music and theatre performance for a contemporary audience. You will have opportunities to enhance your musicianship, improve performance and acting skills and develop abilities and approaches to creating new work.

You will explore the explosion of new theatre forms that combine music and theatre such as gig theatre, new cabaret, and fusions between classical and popular music (e.g. dubstep opera) as well as Musical Theatre.

The focus is on supporting your development as a creative practitioner, and preparing you for a professional career as a practitioner, workshop leader or tutor. The understanding and networks you will develop through the course could also lead towards a variety of careers within the theatre industries, and the collaborative nature of the course can facilitate forming your own company, through collaboration with dancers, playwrights and actors in the creation of your work. You will be taught by professional musicians from Severn Arts (music development organisation) and theatre-makers throughout the course, and will have a number of opportunities to perform publicly.

You could also be eligible to transfer onto our four-year Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre.

* Launching in September 2020. Subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • One-to-one tutoring on your chosen instrument, which includes the voice
  • Writing, composing and performing your own Musical Theatre
  • Application of theory into practice and integration of music and theatre in a variety of new ways
  • Public Music Theatre performances plus opportunity to perform with established orchestras (jazz, string, wind, brass)
  • Practical learning in individual and ensemble performance, production, music technology and workshop leading/tutoring
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS points plus audition to assess musical instrument skills, which includes voice as an instrument. We are looking for Grade 5 or equivalent skill in your chosen instrument.Qualifications should including a Level 3 qualification in a related subject such as Music, Drama, Performing Arts, English.

If you are unsure if your qualifications are relevant, please contact the Admissions office.If you are a mature student returning to education, experience is taken into account as well as qualifications.

The third year Leading, Teaching & Tutoring module will require a DBS check for working with young people (payable by the student).

International applicants

For applicants with international qualifications, please visit our country pages for information tailored specifically to your home certificates. If you cannot find your country on our list, please contact international@worc.ac.uk

We accept IELTS, Pearson and many Cambridge certificates as a proof of English language fluency on our degree courses, as well as many other English language qualifications.

Undergraduate courses usually require a minimum IELTS of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or Pearson 59 (with no less than 51 in each component) or various Cambridge certificates. Other equivalent English qualifications will also be considered. For more information, please visit our Language Requirements and Support page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory 

  • The Music Theatre Performer
  • Making Musical Theatre
  • Total theatre: performance, design & production

Optional

  • Voice and Performance
  • Music Theatre in Context
  • Language module

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Collaborative Production
  • Production Research for Music theatre
  • Adaptations and Collaborations across the Arts
  • Developing Musicianship

Optional

  • Musical Theatre: politics and popular forms
  • Sound & Music Technology
  • Language module

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Music Theatre Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Soundscapes and soundtracks
  • Leading, Teaching & Tutoring Performing Arts
  • Music Theatre: International perspectives
  • Final Performance Project or Independent Research Project
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, and practical work. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Practical work, in our fully equipped drama and dance studios, introduce you to the possibilities of lighting, sound, video, space in performance. Music technology will be supported in our sound and edit suites.One-to-one instrument tuition in your chosen instrument will be provided in the first year by Severn Arts, the local music service, and this will be built upon in the second year through opportunities to learn and perform with their orchestras, alongside collaboration productions at the University in the second and third years.

Trips to see music theatre will inform your understanding and experience of performance, and incoming shows and workshops hosted in our Drama Studios will enable you to meet a range of theatre professionals. Level 6 modules will explore how to set yourself up as an independent practitioner, as well as develop your skills as a potential performance or workshop leader/tutor.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 9-12 hours hours of integrated lectures/practical sessions
  • 3-4 hours of lectures/seminars

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 - 25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing instrument practice, group rehearsals, online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time including third year abroad

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The teaching team includes specialist in opera, singing, instrument tuition, technical theatre, music technology, acting and performance skills.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and the current University of Worcester teaching team (as at 2019) have a higher education teaching qualification, and/or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and/or have a doctorate in the performing arts area. The Severn Arts music tutors are all specialists in their own areas. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments such as work-in-progress performances or draft written work.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as collaborative practical projects, rehearsal logs, critiques and reviews, essays, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent performance project, or research project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 3 practical group assessments
  • 1 solo instrument assessment
  • 1 performance review or critique
  • 2 essays
  • 1 staging/technical portfolio
  • 1 presentation

Year 2

  • 1 large group production, plus portfolio of research materials
  • 3 solo or small group practicals
  • 1 orchestral performance
  • 1 rehearsal log
  • 2 essays
  • 1 presentation

Year 3

  • 1 large group production
  • 3 solo or small group practicals
  • 1 project proposal
  • 1 presentation
  • 1 example funding application
  • 1 practical workshop

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

BA Music Theatre & Performance will prepare you for a range of possible careers, including working as a professional performer. Alongside the creative content, the course equips you with the skills and knowledge to set up as an independent or freelance practitioner. Through working collaboratively across a range of live performance courses, the department facilitates opportunities for students across subjects to work in small groups of writers, performers, directors and technical theatre specialists, facilitating the development of new performance companies. The course also prepares you for leading or tutoring workshops, so future career possibilities include working in music or theatre arts organisations for young people, or music tutoring (e.g. with Severn Arts), or to go into teaching. The flexible skills and abilities (such as confidence, creativity, and communication) gained through the very nature of the work greatly enhances your broader employability potential and data for 2015/16 graduates indicated that 90% of graduates were in employment 6 months after graduating from courses in the Theatre & Performance Department.

Alternatively, you could continue in your academic career to further study through MA, MRes or PhD opportunities.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Students will be expected to bring their own instrument with them where practical. The University owns pianos and electronic piano, and other instruments can be hired from Severn Arts at a cost of £37 per term.

Theatre trips and incoming shows are provided and paid for by the University, if the trip is mandatory and integral to your learning. Occasional optional trips may also be offered and, if you wish to participate in them, you will be expected to pay ticket or travel costs (around £10 – £15).

The third year Leading, Teaching & Tutoring module will require a DBS check for working with young people.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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