Understanding Music (MU1003): aims to develop skills and knowledge that will help students to get more out of the experience of listening to Western art music.
Words and Music (MU1005): examines the relationship between words and music, discussing ways in which language and music can interact and how words and music may construct meaning.
Making Music 1 (MU1004): designed for accomplished musicians who wish to develop their practical music making in both musical growth and technical development.
An Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MU1006): aims to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary overview of why, and how, human beings are musical.
Music Leadership (MU2006): gives students with existing music skills the opportunity to work with others to create, build and deliver a music-making event.
Electronic Music (MU2004): examines the history of electronic music, amplified music and computer music and offers the students the opportunity to work in the electronic music suite to create music from electronic sources.
Making Music 2 (MU2001): builds on the skills and musicianship developed in Making Music 1 to enable students to either perform a 30-minute solo performance or submit a portfolio of compositions.
Scottish Music (MU2002): explores a wide range of music in Scotland, examining Highland and Lowland folk and popular music, as well as classical music composed from the medieval era onwards.
Making Music 3 (MU3001): for students aiming to take music to a professional level or students wishing to go on to study practical music at postgraduate level. Students can choose to focus on solo performance, composition or conducting.
Richard Wagner's 'The Ring of the Nibelung' (MU3002): The Ring of the Nibelung is the ultimate interdisciplinary artwork. This module combines detailed examination of the four dramas with consideration of their historical, philosophical, literary and musical contexts; it also considers how The Ring has been received and interpreted and its influence on subsequent artists.
Music Research (MU4001): This module offers students the opportunity to undertake a music research project. The curriculum explores four strands of music research: musicology, music education, composition, and performance. By gaining a broad perspective on the discipline, its possible methodologies and impact, students will contextualise their own research interests. This preparatory work will then inform students' design, execution and reporting of a research project. One-to-one supervision will support this self-directed work.
Enrolment takes place during the first week of each semester, and many modules have meetings during orientation week.