From what I remember, the first 'modern' BMus was set up by Frederick Niecks whilst he was Reid Professor at Edinburgh University (1891-1914).
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Since this falls vaguely within my area, you might like to know that the earliest reference to the baccalaureate in music at Cambridge is around 1456, with the first named BMus (Henry Abyngdon) there in 1464. At Oxford there was a named BMus (Robert Wydow) by 1479. (By around 1461-2 there was also a named DMus (Thomas St Just).) From slightly later references (e.g. Richard Ede at Oxford in 1506-7) it is fairly clear, and interesting in the long historical view, that many of these early music degrees, both BMus and DMus, were essentially awarded for polyphonic composition (with other Boethian learning thrown in for good measure), the details of the requirements (often a mass and an antiphon setting) sometimes being given in the candidate’s supplication for the degree. (See the Appendix ‘Music in the Faculty of Arts’ by John Caldwell, in The History of the University of Oxford, vol. 3, ed. T.H. Aston and James McConica (Oxford, 1986).)
Professor Ronald Woodley
Birmingham City University
Birmingham B3 3HG
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> Dear NAMHE colleagues,
> At the risk of kick starting a flurry of postings similar to those currently
> swirling amongst our dance and drama colleagues when I asked similar
> questions, I am interested in knowing when?, where? and possibly how? the
> first music degrees in the UK were established in the various major subject
> strands that currently comprise the discipline of music. e.g. the first B.Mus
> degree, the first MusicTech degree, the first Popular Music degree etc. etc.
> Compared with Drama (1947 Bristol) and Dance (1976, Laban or Surrey depending
> which criteria one is using) the development of music degrees in higher
> education clearly has much longer history with, also, some very recent
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