Undergraduate modules

Recent projects have included:

Throughout your three years at York, the Music degree programme is taught through a series of modules, known internally as ‘projects’. Each term you select from a wide range of choices the area you wish to study in depth.

The modular system at York allows you to tailor your degree by choosing areas of study that suit your individual interests. All students will undertake a mixture of musicology and analysis, composition and performance, with the opportunity to specialise. For example, singers can experience modules with the internationally-renowned vocal director, Robert Hollingworth, and composers can choose to work with a range of professional composers who cover different genres and styles.

Each module is taught over the course of a whole term. In the first half you’ll have intensive taught sessions under the guidance of our course tutors, who are all active researchers in their specialist fields. These sessions usually include a variety of lectures, seminars, performances, workshops, classes, discussions and group study.

During the second half of the term you’ll work with tutorial help to produce a portfolio of work. The nature of the submission is flexible; it may contain an essay, compositions or technical exercises, a performance, an edition, or a recording.

Most modules are assessed by a submission at the end of the term. There are no formal written examination papers. In addition, final year students may offer a Recital or an Independent Composition Folio. All final year students also submit a Solo Project on a subject of their own choice.