• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

In today’s world it is not only important to be able to play your instrument well, but it is vital to understand the history of the craft and where everything originated from. Computers are at the heart of everything we do; the ability to be able to use the software, make your own recording, mix it, improve the sound and set up a microphone are all important skills if you are to become an accomplished musician.

If you are looking for a place at a university music department you will be well prepared for higher education, having undertaken aural training, music research and performance. At a music university department your study will be more academically based; you will study a broader range of content of which performance is one element. If you are looking for a place at a Conservatoire, you will be given the opportunity to under take extensive preparation for entrance examinations and auditions. At a Conservatoire there will be more of a focus upon performance. You will be encouraged to build links within the music industry through course projects and key units throughout the year.

The Music Foundation programme at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts will enable you to refine your skills (composition, theory, performance and recording) and broaden your musical knowledge and understanding. It is designed to give you unrivalled breadth of content and flexibility, allowing you to focus on particular areas of passion as well as developing your skills and creating well-rounded, confident musicians.

We have two music streams:

  • Performance: aimed at the more classically trained musician. You will work towards entry into university, conservatoire or music college.
  • Technology: aimed at the more pop-based contemporary musician who has had some experience with music technology. Students will work towards entry into music tech colleges and pop music courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aural Skills
  • World Music
  • Composition
  • Piano Repertoire (for Pianists)
  • Vocal Repertoire
  • History of Western Music To c.1880

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    4.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Age

  • 17 years +

Educational Level

  • Successfully completed secondary education

English Level

  • IELTS 4.5+ (no element under 4.0)

Please State at Time of Application

  • Main instrument
  • Secondary instrument (if any)
  • Length of time learning instrument
  • Results of any formal music certification
  • Level of music theory knowledge and ability to read notation

An audition will be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27540 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    18696 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18690 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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