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BIMM Institute

Popular Music Performance

UCAS Code: W316

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

E,E

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

UCAS Tariff

32

Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language. Mature applicants (19+) who do not hold the minimum entry criteria can be considered for RPP - Recognition of Prior Practice. This is an essay based submission focused on prior professional practice or experiential learning

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Music

Musicianship and performance studies

Popular music performance

Establish your own exciting route in the live music sector with BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance. This course is perfect if you’re a musician looking to take your technical, performance and musicianship skills to a professional level. Applicants will be required to choose a discipline of focus for the duration of their studies as follows:

- Guitar

- Bass

- Drums

- Vocals

- Keyboard

The programme combines core topics such as performance, technique, musicianship, theory and technology to help you find and develop your niche as a performer.

You’ll be able to further tailor your course to your own artistic and career aims through our wide range of optional modules. These include a specific focus in areas such as creative performance, session skills, songwriting, composing, arranging and more. You’ll become equipped with the skills and drive required to be successful in any musical situation.

You’ll become fully immersed in the flourishing BIMM community with plenty of opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of talented peers. And you’ll spend a lot of time on stage, too. You’ll have the chance to play live and perform with your fellow students.Throughout these performances, you’ll receive expert guidance from our BIMM lecturers.
Our lecturers who guide you through your studies are all experienced and highly sought after professionals with invaluable expertise and experience that will help you progress through the course.

Day-to-day learning will be in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and lecture-based classrooms using our world-class facilities.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your career in Popular Music Performance today.

**The BIMM Graduate**
We make sure that when you graduate, your attributes and skills mirror the employment and creative needs of the music industry – both today and in the future.
We aim to equip BIMM graduates with the following qualities, so they have a long lasting career:

- Employable and Entrepreneurial

- Creative, Collaborative and Connected

- Resilient and adaptable

- Globally Aware

- Professional

- Intellectually Curious

- Self-aware

**This course is approved and awarded by BIMM Institute**

Modules

Students can expect to study the following core modules:

Year 1
The Creative Industries and you 1: Finding your path
Performance Skills
Core Instrument Skills
Digital Music
Context & Culture of the Creative Industries
Applied Instrument Skills
Applied Performance
Creative Technology

Year 2
The Creative Industries and you 2: Creative Collaboration
Creativity, Identity and Agency
Contextualised Performance
Interpretive Instrument Skills
Digital Performance Portfolio

Year 3
Final Project
Creative Industries and you 3: Professional Portfolio
Performance Showcase

A range of optional modules can be selected in years 2 and 3, subject to availability and student demand. Please visit the course information page on the BIMM Institute website for a full break down.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of learners:

Practical Exams
Written exams
Practical coursework
Multimedia coursework
Written coursework
Presentations
Video/Multimedia submissions
Project/Portfolio submission
Analysis
Ensemble/Individual performance

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Applicants from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Schemes:

Low-income Scheme
Care Leaver bursary

Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk

The Uni


Course locations:

BIMM Institute Manchester

BIMM Institute Bristol

BIMM Institute London

BIMM Institute Birmingham

BIMM Institute Brighton

Department:

Music

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

65%
low
Music
65%
low
Musicianship and performance studies
65%
low
Popular music performance

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

65%
Library resources
58%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£12k

£12k

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