How you Learn
What makes the Cambridge system so special is the complementary relationship between Faculty and College teaching. Faculty teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars. Lectures provide you with the basis upon which you can build your own self-directed study and are for all students from all colleges. Seminars are less formal; they rely heavily on student participation and you will be required to contribute to discussions.
Supervisions are organised by colleges and students often regard them as the most rewarding and beneficial part of the Cambridge experience. They typically involve just two or three students, take place weekly, and last around an hour. You normally prepare an essay or another piece of work for a supervision, but you are not formally assessed on it: this means that you can try things out, take risks, explore new approaches and clarify aspects of the topic about which you are unsure.
Have a look at the Music Faculty Prospectus, which contains a ‘Week in the life of a first-year music student’.
|Typical Offer Conditions
||41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
||See the University’s Entrance Requirements page
||Music A Level (or equivalent) OR ABRSM Grade 8 Theory
Two school essays in Music plus two harmony exercises.
A written assessment taken on the day of the interview. This test is 1 hour in duration and includes written exercises in music such as harmonisation of a chorale melody, recognition of musical forms and/or styles and some chord analysis.
Before the interview itself, you may be given something to read which will be discussed in the interview.
Candidates should also be acquainted with the standard musical repertory and have experience of writing about music in clear English. You should have a good musical ear, a reasonable facility at the keyboard (roughly equivalent to Grade 5 ABRSM or above) and some basic knowledge of harmony and counterpoint.