Music with Enterprise

In Leeds

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Taught by the School of Music and Leeds University Business School, this innovative programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of both music and entrepreneurship.
You’ll explore different aspects of music and specialise in areas that interest you, with a focus on composition, performance, analysis, music psychology or technology, or aesthetics. At the same time, you’ll study modules in planning, managing innovation in business, development, creativity and social enterprise with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School.
You’ll learn how theory relates to practice and apply your skills to a final-year Enterprise Development Project, when you’ll have the chance to model a new enterprise which can be related to music. It’s a great opportunity to develop the broad base of skills to succeed in a wide range of exciting careers – or even create your own business after you graduate.
Specialist facilities
At the heart of the School of Music is the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, a beautiful performance space which hosts a large and varied programme of concerts in term time. The entire concert programme is free to students.
The School of Music has its own purpose-built building complete with rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and four lecture theatres. There are also studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition – we have a wide range of professional recording equipment and up-to-date music software to help you with your studies. In addition, our instrument collection includes a specially commissioned gamelan, historic and modern keyboard instruments and a large selection of orchestral and world percussion.
Music at Leeds.
Leeds offers a fantastic variety of opportunities to get involved with music and performance that go far beyond the School of Music ensembles




Leeds (North Yorkshire)
Maurice Keyworth Building, The University Of Leeds, LS2 9JT


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Entry requirements A-level: AAB Normally students will have taken Music, but if you have not (especially if it isn’t taught at your school or college), you should have at least one essay-based subject, as well as a minimum ABRSM Grade 8 practical qualifications and evidence of musical literacy (e.g. Grade 5 music theory or equivalent). Other course specific tests:. If you have taken Music, practical grades are not a requirement for this programme with a range of access qualifications. Students taking the EPQ may also be made an alternative offer. We typically interview all eligible...

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What you'll learn on the course

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Psychology
  • Composition
  • Innovation
  • Sound
  • University
  • School
  • Project
  • Planning
  • Technology
  • Business School
  • Music
  • Aesthetics
  • Entrepreneurship

Course programme

In your first year you’ll study core modules that introduce you to theoretical, historical and social aspects of music alongside music research skills. You’ll also choose from core modules on different aspects of business and social enterprise, and decide whether to pursue composition, solo or ensemble performance, technology or the psychology of music.

You’ll build on this knowledge in the following year, when core Music in Context modules feature the research interests of your tutors. You’ll have the opportunity to study music from a variety of different perspectives, ranging from traditional musical studies of performance, composition, critical/analytical and historical studies to popular music, aesthetics, music psychology and music technology. Business modules will explore enterprise planning, innovation and entrepreneurship.

In your final year you’ll demonstrate your knowledge and skills with an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice, which might straddle both disciplines. At the same time, you’ll study advanced entrepreneurship and develop a new enterprise idea in a final year project.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Modules Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Understanding Music 20 credits
  • Music in History and Culture 20 credits
  • Music Research Skills 20 credits
  • Studying in a Digital Age (Music) 5 credits
Optional modules
  • Innovation and Creativity in Business 10 credits
  • Understanding Enterprise Potential 10 credits
  • Understanding Social Enterprises 10 credits
  • Enterprise in Action 10 credits
  • Composition 20 credits
  • Performance 20 credits
  • Ensemble Performance 20 credits
  • Sound, Technology, and Music 20 credits
  • Introduction to the Music Business 10 credits
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Music 20 credits
Discovery modules
  • Discovery modules 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice 10 credits
  • Managing Innovation in Business 10 credits
  • New Enterprise Planning 20 credits
  • Music in Context 20 credits
Optional modules
  • Interpreting Music 20 credits
  • Composition 20 credits
  • Performance 20 credits
  • Ensemble Performance 20 credits
  • Notation and Editing
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