Learning and assessment
How you will learn
We are preparing your tutorials, laboratory classes, workshops and seminars so that you can study and discuss your subjects with your tutors and fellow students in stimulating and enjoyable ways. While we will keep some elements of online course delivery, particularly while Covid-19 restrictions remain in place or where this enhances course delivery, teaching is being planned to take place in-person wherever possible. This will be subject to government guidance remaining unchanged.
We will use the best of digital technologies to support both your in-person and online teaching. We will provide live, interactive online sessions, alongside pre-recorded teaching materials so that you can work through them at your own pace. While the mix of in-person and digital teaching will vary by course, we aim to increase the proportion of in-person teaching in the spring term.
As you you'd expect from a music degree there's so much more than lectures and seminars.
Our workshops with professional musicians and composers give you industry insights, practical experience and networking opportunities. These workshops are usually professionally recorded and can be added to your portfolio.
Collaboration is encouraged. Groups of students often work together across modules - one composes, a second performs while a third produces a recording. This helps you to work on real projects and demonstrates strong team working skills to employers.
We record all of our lectures. This allows you to catch important points again, review your notes and catch up if life means you can't attend in person.
We work hard to provide meaningful and stimulating teaching:
- over 90% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things and made the subject interesting (National Student Survey 2020)
- all of our teaching staff have nationally recognised teaching qualifications
If you have worries abut your work we won't wait for them to become problems. You'll have a personal tutor who will support your academic progress and help find solutions to any issues.
“You'll meet regularly with your personal tutor to consult on your personal and academic progress and ensure you feel part of our community. They can help you to manage your extra-curricular musical activities and will be your first port of call should you encounter any academic or personal difficulties. They'll advise you on career options and write references as required. They also love talking about music!”
Simon Paterson, Assistant Professor in Music Technology
- Practical classes
How you will be assessed
All assessments in the 2021/22 academic year will be delivered online unless there is a professional accreditation requirement or a specific need for on-campus delivery and in-person invigilation.
A combination of essays and exams are the norm for most modules. Weekly reading summaries, presentations and online quizzes and tests may also be used by individual lecturers.
Depending on the modules you take you will also be assessed through recital performances, a composition portfolio, sound recordings and conducting performances.
- Portfolio (written/digital)
- Reflective review
- Written exam
Contact time and study hours
The minimum scheduled contact time you will have is:
- Year one - 12 hours
- Year two - 10 hours
- Year three - 8 hours
Weekly tutorial support, ensemble rehearsals and the accredited Nottingham Advantage Award provide further optional learning activities, on top of these class contact hours.
Your lecturers can be available outside your scheduled contact time to discuss issues and develop your understanding. This can be in person and online.
As well as your timetabled sessions you’ll carry out extensive self-study. This will include course reading, seminar preparation and music practice. As a guide 20 credits (a typical module) is about 200 hours of work (combined teaching and self-study).
Class sizes vary depending on topic and type. A popular lecture may have up to 50 students attending while a specialised seminar may only contain 10 students.
Your lecturers will usually be from our academic staff many of whom are internationally recognised in their fields.
All students taking solo performance modules will receive fully-paid tuition with one of our experienced instrument and vocal tutors. The allocations are generous:
- Year one - 16 hours
- Year two - 18 hours
- Year three - 20 hours
Additionally, for each assessed recital performance, students will receive a bursary to support practice with an approved accompanist.
Many of our performance tutors are happy to provide additional paid-for support.