The BMus is committed to an individual approach to each student within a coherent but flexible modular degree programme. The programme leads to advanced work in three areas of musical studies: history of music, performance and aural training, and free composition.
In the first year the choice of modules is limited, creating a broadly-based foundation for later study. As each year progresses, you are given increasing freedom to choose the types of modules that suit your interest, including modules outside the department. In the third year you can continue to pursue a broadly-based programme or study two or three fields in-depth.
A particular strength of the department is that it offers you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music. Depending on your performance level you will study either with an Academy professor or an advanced postgraduate student supervised by an Academy professor. There is ample opportunity at King's or the Academy to participate in concerts and chamber music groups and receive first-rate coaching. Our students play a leading part in the College Orchestra and sing in the Departmental choir. Lunchtime recitals take place throughout the year.
ABOUT THE Department of Music
Our former students can be found in schools all over the country, in British and American universities and conservatoires, working at the BBC, in arts management and as composers and conductors of international repute.
Recent graduates have found employment as
Freelance Editor, Lexis Nexis
House Manager, a concert hall trust
International Production Operations co-ordinator, a music company
Marketing Assistant Intern, London symphony orchestra
Mathematics and Music Tutor, a tuition company
Musician, Freelance Musician
Secondary School Teacher, a UK School
The method of teaching varies widely from module to module, according to the subject matter and the level. Some modules are given by means of lectures. Others consist largely of seminars, with students making presentations followed by group discussion. A few modules are taught through small tutorial groups of four or five. Advanced Composition lessons are taught one-to-one. The Department of Music has a tradition of excellence in teaching and research.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The BMus is a coherent but flexible modular degree programme. As each year progresses, you are given increasing freedom to choose the types of modules that suit your interest, including modules outside the department. Means of assessment vary just as much as the teaching method, but generally there is a mixture of coursework and examination.
Located within easy reach of the great London libraries, the Southbank Centre and London opera houses, the department occupies a building overlooking the River Thames.
King's College London
Year of entry 2014