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Music Performance - full-time BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2020 Duration: 3 Years

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.

Key features

  • 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 Brighton until the end of 2019-20. Validation by University of the Arts London (UAL) from September 2020: Please note that BA (Hons) Music Performance is ‘subject to validation’. ‘Validation’ is the process by which UAL and the College develops courses. It is developmental in nature and makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

Course requirements

Audition and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma, plus musical proficiency equivalent to grade 5.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Cross-college entry guide

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Click here to read our cross-college entry guide.

Interview/audition advice

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. 

Students 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.

Potential careers

  • 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

See some of our recent music department alumni success stories (PDF) >

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