Discipline of Music


The performance stream allows candidates to focus on practical performance.

Usually this includes:

  • weekly one-on-one or group lessons with a specialist teacher
  • placement in an ensemble with regular rehearsals
  • additional skills building, such as
    • keyboard technique (for candidates who do not play the keyboard/piano)
    • foreign languages (for opera singers)
    • vocal workshops
    • improvisation

This specialization can equip candidates for jobs in the:

  • informal music sector, as a self-employed, self-supporting performers
  • professional music sector, as a full-time performer (very rare)
  • professional academic sector, as a teacher or lecturer in music performance

Many students graduating from this stream have active performing careers, but supplement their income with work in the professional educational sector as teachers or lecturers. Please note: those wishing to be school teachers must register for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) upon completion of the music degree.

Candidates may register for the Bachelor of Arts honours degree upon successful completion of this degree. However, all candidates should be aware that the honours degree requires a significant proportion of essay writing.