Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Arts and Law
School Lan, Cult, Art Hist & Music
Department Music
Partner College and School Mathematics
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. Music and Mathematics with Year Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 389B
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme
  • To enable all our students to develop their capacity to learn, and to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • To enable all our students to acquire the intellectual self-reliance and confidence necessary for critical and independent thought.
  • To equip all our students with knowledge, skills and habits of mind that will sustain them through further study, employment and active citizenship.
  • Through teaching no less than research to continue to develop Music as a vital discipline in a rapidly changing society, and to seek out and forge links with neighboring disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
  • To provide our students with a background in all three basic aspects of the study of Music (musicology and performance) and to allow them to develop their strengths through specialisation in later stages of the programme
  • To continue to explore ways of making those opportunities available to students from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible.
This programme aims to prepare professionals in Mathematics who would be able to work as specialists in this area. It aims to attract students who will benefit from a challenging programme of study, to provide a smooth transition to Undergraduate Mathematics, to create a supportive environment in which intellectual development may flourish, to provide the student with a balanced combination of mathematical topics, to expose students to the fascinating world of modern Mathematics and its application.

Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Key mathematical concepts and topics
How mathematics can be used to analyse and solve problems including those at an abstract level
How mathematics can be used for modelling and analysing real life problems
the history of Western Art music from approximately 1000 to the present time, with certain areas (composers, genres etc) being studied in greater depth; students may have, additionally, knowledge of areas outside the Western Art tradition depending on the modules chosen in Stages I and H (e.g. non-Western musical traditions).
the tools used to analyse the structure of music (e.g. form, harmony, instrumentation); students may be able to apply these methods to original work depending on the modules chosen in Stages I and H (e.g. Orchestration)
Compositional techniques, especially those of the twentieth-century, including both traditional 'paper' composition, and electroacoustic composition.
performing techniques, especially those of the Western Art music tradition, based primarily on the instruments/vocal studies they have undertaken during their programme of study
the aesthetic, moral and philosophical issues relating to music, and the role of music and musicians in society both at the present time and in the past
for students who elect to take certain modules (e.g. recording techniques), a knowledge of issues relating to the physical production and applications of music.
For students who elect to intercalate a year abroad, the opportunity to study in a different environment, working on aspects of music which are not currently available at Birmingham and/or to extend knowledge and skills acquired at the home university.
Lectures, tutorials, computer practicals, seminars, independent study
Lectures, seminars, workshops, performances, individual coaching, tutorials (as applicable)
Exams, class tests, course work exercises, project work
Portfolios of relevant work, essays, practical examinations; essays, other written work, compositions, performances (as applicable)
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
To be able to construct and develop logical mathematical arguments with clear identification of assumptions and conclusions
To present arguments and conclusions clearly and accurately
To select and apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve problems including those at an abstract level
To abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in a symbolic form
to present arguments and analyses fluently both in good written English and orally
to be able to use musical language (i.e. notation and its equivalents in non-notated genres) to write and arrange music for its performance by themselves and others
to show a measure of proficiency as a performer (the level of proficiency being dependant on the number of stages of the programme in which Performance was a chosen element)
to show a measure of proficiency as a composer (the level of proficiency being dependant on the number of stages in the programme in which Composition was a chosen element)
to study and work on projects of varying sizes largely independently showing the ability to obtain, manipulate and analyse information, and be able to discriminate between what is relevant and what is not
to be able to work as a member of a team in collaborative projects
Lectures, tutorials, computer practicals,seminars, independent study
One-to-one lessons, participation in ensembles both small and large; lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops; directed study; workshops, primarily in performance and composition
Exams, class tests, coursework exercises, project work
Public and private performance as both soloist and ensemble member; essays, dissertations, seminar presentations; public and private performance of their own work and the work of others