Music at Cambridge is primarily an academic course, starting with a jam-packed first year. In Part IA, students begin core modules which focus on music history, analysis and technical skills (harmony and counterpoint) – these are taken further in second year (Part IB).
The first year course also aims to give everyone a strong understanding of the ‘basics’ such as aural and keyboard skills, as well as looking at the techniques and issues involved in studying music today. Students must also choose between a recital, an extended essay, or an original composition to submit as coursework. This incredibly comprehensive course, whilst a lot of work, gives a solid platform from which to specialise further in the second and third years (Parts IB and II).
Music is a particularly challenging but enjoyable course in an exciting and friendly department, with endless opportunities to get involved and learn more both within and outside of your studies.