Music and Korean Studies BA

2024-25 entry
Department of Music
School of East Asian Studies

Perform, compose and write about music while developing your language skills and understanding of Korean culture. You'll spend your third year studying in Seoul, South Korea at one of our six partner universities. Music modules span performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, musical industries and music technology.

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    Course description

    Two music students rehearsing - one is singing into a microphone, the other sites closer to the camera and plays the guitar

    Become an independent musician and music researcher – all while achieving fluency, real lived experience and a critical understanding of Korea and its people.

    In this degree you will learn to listen, perform, think and write critically about music of multiple genres while developing your language skills and understanding of Korean culture.

    We’ll teach you Korean intensively from scratch, with a focus on social and vocational skills in writing, summary, precision translation, debate and oral presentation.

    The combination of language study, the huge, flexible range of music modules, and time spent with our partner universities in Seoul, makes this degree the perfect space in which to pursue your love of Korean music. Together, we’ll help you establish the skills and portfolio you need to enjoy a career in the music industry.

    Why study this course?

    • Pursue your love of music and Korean culture - with a strong foundation of musical understanding, this dual course supports you as you develop both as a musician, and a student of Korean culture.
    • Number one for Asian studies - ranked 1st in NSS results 2023 across Asian studies in the UK, the Centre for Korean Studies has a thriving research culture, with unparalleled opportunities to tap into national and international expertise.
    • Top five for music in the UK - we have been awarded 5th in the UK in the UK for music, in the Complete University Guide 2024.
    • Work in music - gain practical industry experience while you learn with our 'Work in Music' module, and build a network of professionals who can advise you on your career.

    Dual and combined honours degrees

    The University of Sheffield is an All-Steinway School. This accreditation enables students to access pianos of the highest quality and places the University among a select group of international education institutions.

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    Modules

    Dual honours programmes are very flexible. The music modules for combined honours students are the same as those for BMus students except that there are no compulsory modules. You can choose to split your 120 credits per year equally 60:60 between your two subjects, or you can choose a ‘major/minor’ split of 80:40.

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

     Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Music and Korean Studies BA course structure EVEN YEARS 2024-25
    UCAS code: WTH4
    Years: 2024
    First year

    In first year, you will take 60 credits of core Korean modules. For music, you will choose from the list of optional modules below.

    The part-time degree requires students to take 60 credits per year. The first year includes 40 credits of compulsory modules, followed by 30 credits in the second year. 

    Music optional modules:

    History of Western Music

    This module considers key moments in the history of Western music from the 1500s to the present day. Taking individual composers and works, it aims to introduce students to different approaches to the study of music history, the development of particular musical genres, and the impact of cultural, historical and geographical context on composers. In addition, the module will consider ways of writing about music, and the use of primary and secondary sources for informing critical discussions of the subject.

    20 credits
    Music in a Global Context

    Whatever kind of music study you decide to specialise in, you'll do it better if you see it in the context of music as a phenomenon common to all humanity. You'll understand what's different about your own chosen field but also how the music you love derives from diverse cultural sources.In this module we examine how any music uses specific ways of organising sound to serve particular cultural purposes. You'll learn to recognise and describe diverse musical styles, research them through scholarly sources, present an analysis using appropriate audio-visual technology, and take control of the transferable skills you're developing.

    20 credits
    Tonal Music Analysis and Criticism

    In this module you'll address the core skills of listening to, analysing, and writing critically about Western Classical music. With a focus on eighteenth-century 'common practice' tonality, you will study harmony, counterpoint, melody, texture and form in preparation for analysing short pieces, and will learn to write about the music you hear as well as the notes you see on the page. Your work will also prepare you for future music modules.

    10 credits
    Exploring Tonal Styles

    This module builds core skills of hearing, describing and using tonal procedures in a range of Western musical styles. It extends MUS133 Tonal Music Analysis and Criticism by moving on from classical 'common practice' to explore styles that use tonality in different ways.

    We'll explore styles like Medieval and Renaissance music, jazz and rock. You'll produce analyses from written scores and recordings, and write examples and exercises in the appropriate styles. You'll develop musicianship skills that prepare you for composition, analysis and performance work in subsequent years.

    10 credits
    Technologies for Music

    Nowadays, most forms of music-related study involve music technologies. This module introduces you to a range of pertinent technologies, focussing around using computer in four key areas; sound recording, editing, transformation and representation, and a more general approach to computing required to complete tasks in many music modules. In each case, you will experience some of the many ways in which specific technologies serve many different music disciplines. You will go onto learn the essential principals of those technologies, before learning how they work in practice. By the end of the module, you will be versed in basics of digital audio, microphone choices and placement, sound recording techniques, wave-editing, MIDI, sound effect and plugins, file types and format, digital transcription and scoring and visual representation of sound. You will engage with University systems and through period of reflection complete a portfolio that contextualises your transferable skills.

    10 credits
    Composition

    In this module you will develop your composition skills, practice writing music in staff notation, and learn to write effectively for different instrumental and vocal forces. Drawing on the models of a diverse range of classical composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, we will focus on techniques for writing inventive melodies and rhythms, and employing wide-ranging approaches to harmony. The module aims to give you a foundation in composition and increase your confidence in preparation for further study.

    20 credits
    Performance

    In this module you will develop the musical and intellectual abilities appropriate to solo performance. The theoretical background is considered, focusing on the aural and analytical skills essential to performance at an advanced level. An awareness of style and interpretation, as well as effective preparation and communication are built into teaching. You will receive one to one tuition in addition to attending whole class performance lectures.

    20 credits
    Folk Music Participation

    This module is based upon participation in and preparation for folk sessions hosted by the Department of Music. Through intensive preparation of challenging repertoire, as well as the skills to enable improvised participation, you will develop your understanding of the demands and pleasures of session practice, and your knowledge of the repertoires concerned (British folk traditions), and be encouraged to reflect upon the roles and responsibilities of individual participants within the group. You will also be required to attend a professional ensemble concert or concerts within the university concert series, or an equivalent online event.

    10 credits
    Composing Electronic Music

    The lectures on this module introduce you to various forms of electronic music composition. Through creative practice, key principles of composition with technology are introduced and a number of broad genres are set in a historical and analytical context. A diverse range of software tools are used, further enhancing your digital skills. You will learn how to process and develop a range of recorded and synthetic sound material, before considering some of the various ways in which those materials may be used to compose electronic pieces. After making a number of short etudes throughout the first half of the module, you select one area in which to complete your own original work.

    10 credits
    Popular Music Studies

    This module provides an introduction to the academic study of popular music. You will explore the various definitions of 'popular music' in relation to their socio-cultural context, and investigate some of the major issues and debates of popular music studies.

    Lecture materials and in-class tasks will engage with approaches to the analysis of popular music and media, issues of representation, and the relationship between popular musicians and their audiences. Assessments involve critical engagement with the themes of the module in relation to a popular music artist or piece of your choosing.

    10 credits
    Music Psychology

    In this module you will engage with some of the most provocative questions about musical thought and behaviour: What are the characteristics of the musical mind? Why do we feel emotions when listening to or performing music? How does music and music therapy influence our health and wellbeing? Can music make you smarter? The module is designed such that no prior formal musical or psychological training is necessary.

    You will develop knowledge of the scientific methods used to study music from a psychological perspective, and how findings can inform applications in education, healthcare, and the creative industries.

    10 credits

    Korean core modules:

    Korean Language 1A

    This module is focusing on receptive activities and written productive activities in Korean language. It aims to enable students to acquire basic competence in grammar, reading, writing and translation both from and into Korean. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to do something practical in Korean. The target level at the end of this level is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) beginners level/L1 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1. 

    20 credits
    Korean Language 2A

    This module is focusing on receptive activities and written productive activities in Korean language. This module builds on the achievement of EAS1043 and introduces further grammatical structures of the Korean language with a view to further developing reading, writing and translation skills. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to do something practical in Korean. At the end of this level students should complete the beginner's level which is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) upper beginners level/L2 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2.

    20 credits
    Korean Language 1B

    This module is focusing on interactive activities in Korean. It aims to enable students to acquire basic competence in speaking and listening skills. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to communicate in Korean through a variety of activities. The target level at the end of this level is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) beginners level/L1 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A1. 

    10 credits
    Korean Language 2B

    This module is focusing on interactive activities in Korean. This module is built on the achievement of EAS1044 and develop speaking and listening skills further to provide the grounding necessary for intermediate study. Every week carefully designed grammar structures and vocabulary will be introduced so that students will be able to communicate in Korean through a variety of activities. At the end of this level students should complete the beginner's level which is roughly equivalent to TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) upper beginners level/L2 or CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2.

    10 credits

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, interactive classes and tutorials, and you'll be expected to carry out independent study, assignments and instrument practice.

    On the Korean side of your degree, you will be taught by native speakers in Korean in regular small group classes using custom made course material.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    You'll be taught by world-leading experts in both departments.

    Our staff research directly informs the content of our degrees and we bring our expertise and ideas into all our teaching, so you’ll benefit from being introduced to the latest discoveries at the forefront of musical research.

    The School of East Asian Studies has over 50 years’ experience of researching contemporary East Asia and pioneering new methods for teaching East Asian Languages. SEAS staff, many of whom are fluent in at least one East Asian language, are internationally-renowned specialists in East Asia, and bring expertise in various fields such as history, culture and politics.

    Assessment

    A few music modules include formal exams but the majority of assessment for the music side of your degree is through coursework (for example essays, journals, compositions, recordings, group projects) and assessed performances.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible.

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    ABB; BBB
    ABB, including Music; BBB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM/Trinity)

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    BBB, including Music + B in a relevant EPQ
    International Baccalaureate
    33, with 5 in Higher Level Music; 32 + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in Music
    BTEC Diploma
    DD + B in A Level Music; DD in Music + B at A Level
    Scottish Highers
    AAABB including Music; AABBB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AB, including Music; B + BB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in Music, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit
    Other requirements
    • Music Technology is acceptable in lieu of Music (except for BTEC)

    • No prior knowledge of Korean required

    Access Sheffield offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    BBB
    including Music

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    BBB, including Music + B in a relevant EPQ
    International Baccalaureate
    32, with 5 in Higher Level Music
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDM in Music
    BTEC Diploma
    DD + B in A Level Music; DD in Music + B at A Level
    Scottish Highers
    AABBB including Music; AABBB + Grade 8 in either Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) or Performance (ABRSM/ARSM) + Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM/Trinity)
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + BB, including Music
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in Music, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 at Distinction and 21 at Merit
    Other requirements
    • Music Technology is acceptable in lieu of Music (except for BTEC)

    • No prior knowledge of Korean required

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Graduate careers

    Department of Music

    The musical excellence and academic aptitude you develop on your course will make you highly valued by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university. You'll also develop valuable transferable skills such as time management, critical thinking and interpersonal communication.

    There are lots of opportunities to get work experience. Hands-on projects are integrated into several academic modules and every year our Concerts team provides internships while the Careers Service can help you find placements. You can lead a music project or workshop in a local school through our student-led volunteering organisation Music in the City. All of these experiences will help you build a compelling CV.

    Our graduates work with prestigious orchestras and music institutions within the UK and globally, in roles ranging from performing and conducting to administration and education. Sheffield music graduates have also forged successful careers in other fields, from audio programming to marketing and management.

    Graduate job roles include: artist management, audio programming, composition, concerts coordination, instrument repair, marketing and communications, music research, music promotion, music therapy, orchestral management, professional performance, publishing, sound engineering, teaching.

    School of East Asian Studies

    Studying China, Japan or Korea prepares you for a career in the world's most dynamic region. There are also many opportunities across Europe for people with skills in Asian languages and cultures.

    Our graduates work in government and diplomacy, media and the arts, non-government organisations and international business - in professions as diverse as management consultancy, accountancy, marketing, research, language teaching and translation.

    Conductor of orchestra

    Say yes to every music making opportunity you can while at university, even if it’s something a little out of your comfort zone

    George Morton BMus Music, MMus Composition and Performance

    Our degrees and activities attract students who are interested in an eclectic mix of music, with many going onto varied careers. George studied the undergraduate BMus music course and went onto study MMus Composition and Performance. He now works as a freelance conductor and orchestrator.

    Department of Music

    Our department ethos combines high achievement with a sense of community and a shared passion for music. Our internationally recognised research informs our high-quality teaching and our student experience is second to none.

    Sheffield is celebrated as one of the UK's leading music cities, with dozens of major venues from the City Hall and Crucible to the Leadmill and the Foundry, covering all music genres. This brings with it a host of opportunities for our students to get involved in professional music-making of the highest quality.

    You can also enjoy events from University of Sheffield Concerts which hosts concerts and masterclasses from touring professional musicians throughout the year.

    Department of Music students study at the heart of the campus in our Jessop Building, Soundhouse and performance facilities. We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus.

    Facilities

    Specially designed for music study, our £8.5m facilities provide the ideal environment for our diverse and cutting-edge teaching and research.

    The University of Sheffield are proud to be an All-Steinway School, which places us among a select group of international education institutions. This accreditation means that you'll have access to pianos of the highest quality.

    The Jessop Building houses study and rehearsal rooms, with dedicated specialist spaces including our historical instruments collection, ethnomusicology space and collection, music psychology lab and music technology lab.

    The Soundhouse is our purpose-built facility for instrumental lessons, practice, small-scale rehearsals and sound recording, and houses the internationally-renowned University of Sheffield Sound Studios for recording and electroacoustic composition.

    The University of Sheffield is also home to a suite of performance venues, including the beautiful 380-seater Firth Hall, set in the stunning Edwardian Grade II listed Firth Court and home to the University’s multi-genre Concert Series.

    Department of Music

    School of East Asian Studies

    Our courses are designed to immerse you in the languages and cultures of East Asian countries. You will be taught by native speakers in Chinese, Japanese and Korean in regular small group classes using custom-made course material.

    Our courses are based on world-leading research and taught by experts whose work influences policy and informs public debate. Most of our staff publish in their specialist field and many of them have written books for major publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and Macmillan.

    The School of East Asian Studies is located in the Jessop West building, right in the heart of campus and close to the University of Sheffield tram stop. You'll visit the department to meet with your tutors and gain any support you need. Your lectures, seminars and language classes will take place in various locations across the University of Sheffield campus.

    School of East Asian Studies

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      Number one in the Russell Group
    National Student Survey 2023 (based on aggregate responses)

      92 per cent of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      Top 50 in the most international universities rankings
    Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

      Number one Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

      Number one for teaching quality, Students' Union and clubs/societies
    StudentCrowd 2023 University Awards

      A top 20 university targeted by employers
    The Graduate Market in 2023, High Fliers report


    Department of Music

    1st in the Russell Group for teaching on our courses

    National Student Survey 2022

    3rd in the UK for music

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

    Ranked 6th nationally for the quality of our research environment

    Research Excellence Framework 2021

    An All-Steinway School

    The University of Sheffield is proud to be an All-Steinway School

    School of East Asian Studies

    Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction

    National Student Survey 2021

    50+ years' experience

    in teaching and researching East Asia

    Fees and funding

    Fees

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

    Additional funding

    The Department of Music offers a number of scholarships. These include choral, organ and conducting scholarships. Our Mary Lill Scholarships provide financial support for students from widening participation or low income backgrounds. Both single honours BMus students and dual honours students with music are eligible to apply.

    Available music scholarships and prizes

    Placements and study abroad

    You will spend the third year of your degree studying in Seoul, South Korea at one of our six partner institutions, including Yonsei University and Sungkyunkwan University.

    All of our partner universities in Seoul are high-quality institutions which will provide you with the same, high level of teaching and support that is available in Sheffield. During your year in Korea you'll immerse yourself in this fascinating country.

    You'll continue to take intensive Korean language courses as well as choosing from a range of other modules. Work experience There are lots of opportunities to get work experience. Hands-on projects are integrated into several academic modules and every year our University Concerts team provides internships.

    Alternatively, you can lead a music project or workshop through our student-led volunteering organisation Music in the City. All of these experiences will help you build a compelling CV.

    Visit

    University open days

    We host five open days each year, usually in June, July, September, October and November. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

    Open days: book your place

    Subject tasters

    If you’re considering your post-16 options, our interactive subject tasters are for you. There are a wide range of subjects to choose from and you can attend sessions online or on campus.

    Upcoming taster sessions

    Offer holder days

    If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our offer holder days, which take place between February and April. These open days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

    Campus tours

    Our weekly guided tours show you what Sheffield has to offer - both on campus and beyond. You can extend your visit with tours of our city, accommodation or sport facilities.

    Campus tour: book your place

    Apply

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    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:
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    Not ready to apply yet? You can also register your interest in this course.

    The awarding body for this course is the University of Sheffield.

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    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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    Terms and Conditions upon Acceptance of an Offer

    2024-2025

    Make sure you've done everything you need to do before you apply.

    How to apply When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:
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    Not ready to apply yet? You can also register your interest in this course.

    Perform, compose and write about music while developing your language skills and understanding of Korean culture. You'll spend your third year studying in Seoul, South Korea at one of our six partner universities. Music modules span performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, musical industries and music technology.