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Music - Concentrations (Classical Performance - Jazz Performance - Music Education - Creative Music Technology)

University of Nicosia
Nicosia, Cyprus
 1293 Points
4 Years

Program Description

Our BMus degree provides our students with four categories of professional skills, all of which are necessary for a successful career in any area of music.

Core practical and theoretical skills for the professional musician. The first two years of the degree revolve around each student’s Primary Study (or principle instrument), which includes 4 hours of weekly instruction: 1 hour individual instruction, 1 hour group instruction, and 2 hours of ensemble instruction. Parallel to this intensive study on their primary instruments, our students receive professional training in keyboard and aural skills, harmony and theory, music history, and choral singing.

A specialised qualification in a particular area of music.

Entry Requirements

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High School Diploma (or equivalent)
English Level
TOEFL (internet based)
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
A levels
TOEFL (paper based)

Information about admission:

  • The minimum admission requirement to an undergraduate programme of study is a recognized High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or equivalent internationally recognized qualification(s) and mark sheet. Students with a lower HSLC grade than 7.5/10 or 15/20 or equivalent depending on the grading system of the country issuing the HSLC are provided with extra academic guidance and monitoring during the first year of their studies.
  • The BMus audition on the applicant’s primary study instrument will consist of three to four pieces that exhibit contrasting style periods (as appropriate to the instrument), tempi, and expressive and technical demands. The entire audition program should be no less than twenty minutes and should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to handle large musical works.

Other accepted qualifications:

  • In addition to a strong academic record, we take into account the student’s involvement in extracurricular activities e.g. working experience in the hospitality industry, leadership skills, and other relevant background information that will enhance the application of the candidate.

Other English qualifications and information:

  • Students who do not possess any of the English qualifications or stipulated grades listed above and below and hold IELTS with 4.5 and above, are required to take UNIC’s NEPTON English Placement Test (with no charge) and will receive English Language support classes, if and as needed, from UNIC’s International Gateway Centre (IGC).
  • Computer-based TOEFL – 193 and above
  • Michigan Examination of Proficiency in English (CaMLA) – Pass
  • Pearson PTE General – Level 3 and above
  • KPG (The Greek Foreign Language Examinations for the State Certificate of Language Proficiency) – Level B2 and above
  • Anglia – Level B2 and above
  • IEB Advances Programme English – Pass

Information about interview:

  • At the time of the audition, applicants will be interviewed by the BMus faculty and should be prepared to answer questions related to:
  1. Personal reflection on their past artistic and educational experiences;
  2. Their reasons for pursuing the BMus degree;
  3. How they expect the BMus degree to help them to fulfil their artistic and professional goals.
  • The audition repertoire will vary according to each applicant’s instrument but should generally reflect a good basic technique and knowledge of repertory, and an adequate level of musicianship. Below are two indicative examples of acceptable BMus audition programs. These are provided for illustrative purposes and actual audition programs must be approved in advance by the BMus Program Coordinator and the relevant instrument instructor.

Indicative Examples of BMus Audition Programs: * Classical Piano:

  1. All major and minor scales and arpeggios in four octaves, hands together
  2. A piece chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th Century eras. (Single movements of sonatas are acceptable)
  3. Sight reading

Classical Guitar:

  1. A technical study or composition by Sor, Giuliani, or Carcassi
  2. A work from the Renaissance or Baroque Period
  3. A work from the standard repertory of the 19th– or 20th-century

Jazz Voice:

  1. A ballad
  2. A swing song
  3. A song of your choice from the jazz standard or pop repertoire (i.e., ‘Lullaby of Birdland’, ‘It Could Happen to You’, ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘Misty’, etc.)

Program Themes

During their final two years of study, our students must complete seven courses in one of the four following concentrations:

  • Classical Performance: this consists of two more years of Advanced Primary Study, as well as courses in performance practice, analysis, and composition.
  • Jazz Performance: this also consists of two more years of Advanced Primary Study, along with courses in applied jazz harmony, improvisation, and jazz composition.
  • Music Education: students in this course gain practical and theoretical knowledge of various methodologies for teaching music to children, including actual teaching experience in local schools.
  • Creative Music Technology: this concentration trains students to compose and create new musical works with the aid of the latest advances in computers and music technology.

Flexibility to develop one’s individual interests and talents. In addition to the seven courses in their concentration, music students also take an additional five courses in any area of music they wish, making the program highly adaptive to each student’s individual needs and interests. A well-rounded general education that prepares students to succeed in a variety of professional contexts.

All music students take between six and eight courses in the area of general studies. General education courses improve the students’ vitally important skills in written and oral communication, and develop the students’ sense of the interconnectedness of their musical training to other professional and academic fields. The choice of general education courses is largely up to the individual student.



Year 1

Semester 1:
English Composition
Music Theory 1: Diatonic Tonal Theory
Aural Skills 1
Primary Study 1
Class Piano 1
University Choir 1

Semester 2:
Business and Professional Communication
Music Theory 2: Chromatic Tonal Theory
Aural Skills 2
Primary Study 2
Class Piano 2
University Choir 2

Year 2

Semester 3:
Music Theory 3: 20th Century Theory
Aural Skills 3
Primary Study 3
Keyboard Techniques for Pianists 3
University Choir 3
Introduction to Music Technology

Semester 4:
Music History 1: Ancient to Baroque
Aural Skills 4
Primary Study 4
Keyboard Techniques for Pianists 4
University Choir 4
General Psychology I

Year 3

Semester 5:
Music History 2: Classical and Romantic
Form and Analysis
Conducting and Score Reading
Rhythmic Analysis
Advanced Primary Study 1

Semester 6:
Music History 3: Twentieth-Century
Tonal Counterpoint
Orchestration and Arranging
Advanced Primary Study 2
Applied Jazz Theory and Improvisation 1

Year 4

Semester 7:
Advanced Form and Analysis
Contemporary Composition
Foundations in Music Education
Advanced Primary Study 3
Principles of Sociology

Semester 8:
French Language and Culture I
Music in Cyprus
Historical Performance Practice
Advanced Primary Study 4(with Recital)
History of Electronic Music


On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to pursue a variety of professional musical activities and/or continue their studies a the post-graduate level. Potential employment opportunities include:

  • Performing musician
  • Studio music instructor
  • Public or private school music teacher
  • Music and arts-related administration
  • Entrepreneurial careers

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