Music at university even though I am a beginner Watch

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What do you need in order to study music at university? I am a relative amateur at playing the piano but I want to develop my abilities further and am just considering my options as to what sort of degree to study at uni.

Do you need to have achieved a certain grade level (on ABRSM) in order to be able to start the course? How about for an A-level in Music? Do you need to be playing at a grade 8 level before you start an A-level in music?

Also, is there any chance to pick up another instrument while at university? I have always been interested in the cello.

I realise the chances are slim that I could get good enough to be admitted to a music course at the university level within this year, but I say it's worth looking into.
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Glasgow want you be have 'at least' a merit in your grade eight. You would have to be incredibly gifted tog et that in a year.
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I know people that have degrees in music and still only have grade 7 piano. It's not easy though.
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Glasgow want you be have 'at least' a merit in your grade eight. You would have to be incredibly gifted tog et that in a year.
Well like I said... it was just to see what sort of options are open to me. There is always the option of just keeping music as a strong side interest.
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Well like I said... it was just to see what sort of options are open to me. There is always the option of just keeping music as a strong side interest.
I'm not sure it would be possible. You could maybe do a degree related to music that's not strictly music?

It's just, given the amount of time you would need to get to an acceptable standard in your instrument, it would be incredibly difficult to keep your other studies at an acceptable standard for the course.

I would definitley recommend the 'cello though. :yep: It doesn't take long for what you're playing to sound really pretty which is nice. And there's lots of lovely 'cello music.
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Well like I said... it was just to see what sort of options are open to me. There is always the option of just keeping music as a strong side interest.
You don't "need" grade 8 piano/on an instrument on all degree courses, for instace: Bristol university doesn't have any compulsory performances courses.

However, if you want to do a degree which is performance intensive, then yes you'd likely need grade 8 (or close) on your principal instrument at the start.
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To be honest though, you will find harmony and compositiion classes much more difficult without a decent level of keyboard skills.
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