Music Performance - full-time BA (Hons) Degree
Why this course?
This course equips you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to forge a career as a professional musician. The course begins with standard repertoire and skills, progressing into development of your own personal style. Taught by professional musicians, the course structure allows you to shape your studies to your needs.
- Industry-led course, with an emphasis on employability and entrepreneurship
- Extensive state-of-the-art recording studios
- Taught by music industry practitioners
- Course includes live projects and work placements
- Professional-standard theatre on campus
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Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL is a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.
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Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
- a relevant A-Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- related academic or work experience
- the quality of the personal statement
Audition and interview
You will also be required to audition and interview for this course.
Entry guide for more information about the range of qualifications we accept (including English language requirements for international students).
Your interview process will include the following:
1. A written harmony and theory test (20 minutes)
2. An aural and transcribing test
3. A small piece to sight read on your chosen instrument (notation will be appropriate to instrument)
4. Performance of a self-prepared piece of at least three minutes duration. It is advisable to choose something that you are already familiar with and is within your technical ability.
5. Interview with question and answer session
As a degree applicant, we expect a certain minimum academic standard from you, however the interview process is designed to get an overall view of your skills. Weaknesses in one or two areas will not prevent you from being offered a place on the course.
What to bring to your interview/audition
Guitarists and bass players should have their own instruments including a lead and a pick (if required). Drummers must have their own sticks, and vocalists should warm up prior to the audition. All applicants should also bring a pen, pencil and eraser.
You will also need to bring evidence of your academic written skills; this can be a piece of existing academic work, or a 500 word review of a track of your choice paying particular attention to the musicianship and performance
Regular performances, both in the College and at external gigs, form the backbone of your course, along with study of the music business and developing yourself as a performer. You will be given the framework to complete a significant recorded music portfolio by the end of the course.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other departments on a range of different projects such as providing the music for theatre performances. You can also work on local and national / international festivals, recording sessions and with professional touring bands, as well as providing private tuition.
Lectures from prominent music figures, including record labels, publishers, artist managers, music lawyers and performing artists provide key insights into the music industry.
Students will be encouraged to generate and develop their individual pursuits with support from industry experts, working closely with students from Music Business and Music Production as well as art, design and media departments. The course opens up career opportunities through practical multi-skill development, advanced performance, enterprise/career planning, critical thinking, recording, production and musicianship.
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Contact time and study hours
A full-time student can expect to have around 2 days of timetabled teaching contact per week. You will have approximately 40 hours of timetabled teaching contact for each 20 credit module. This is supported by independent self-guided study.
Teaching and assessment methods
We use a variety of teaching methods, including:
- practical workshops
- self-directed study
Assessment methods vary between units but could include:
- project work
- written assignments
- Session work (recording and/or live performance)
- Recording and publishing original creative material
- Media composition
- Teaching (peripatetic instrumental tuition and/or classroom teaching)
- Music business and event management
Fees and financial support
Additional costs may arise as a result of materials and/or compulsory field trips connected with your course. We estimate that these costs could be between £100 and £500, but this amount may vary depending upon the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt. You may also choose to go on other field trips or research visits and the costs of these could be between £50 and £150.