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The study of music covers a wide range of topics, from composition and orchestration to music technology and acoustics.
Many courses in music are available to students from other degree programmes. Some, such as Music & Ideas, Music & Technologies and Music in Social Contexts, do not require music qualifications.
Most courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes. The small class sizes create an informal and supportive learning environment.
You will be assessed through coursework, exams, portfolios, and in your final year, a dissertation, recital or portfolio of compositions (including the option of electroacoustic compositions).
The Music degree will prepare graduates for careers in composing and conducting, or as music teachers, music therapists or instrument makers. The Music Technology degree equips its students for careers in broadcasting, digital media or mobile phone technology.
The majority of teaching takes place within the Reid School of Music, located within the University’s Central Area. You will have access to the Music practice rooms and recording studios, the computing facilities and the University’s libraries.
There are opportunities to study abroad through ERASMUS or the University’s International Exchange Programme.
Edinburgh was the obvious choice for me to study music. The department offers a huge range of subjects, and the holistic view of the discipline of music means that you don’t need to specialise early before you know what will become your areas of interest. The friendly department, the unrivalled range of student-run performance opportunities and a beautiful and lively city in which to live have all made my university experience an unforgettable four years.
This article was published on Jun 29, 2012