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BIMM Institute

Popular Music Performance & Songwriting

UCAS Code: 3C48

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 | 2020

Subjects

Musicianship and performance studies

Popular music performance

Popular music composition

**About the course**
Perform and compose music with our BMus Popular Music Performance and Songwriting degree. Throughout the course, you’ll learn the necessary skills to have a sustainable and successful career in the music industry of today – and tomorrow.

You’ll gain invaluable stage experience as well as build expertise around performing music, creating parts and interpreting songs. You’ll focus on core topics of performance, technique, musicianship, theory and technology. These topics will ensure that you have all the necessary tools to be articulate and expressive in your chosen musical and compositional output.

Once you have this foundational knowledge under your belt, you can tailor your course according to your own goals and aspirations via our range of optional modules. Our optional modules allow you to specialise in certain areas that interest you the most. These include creative performance, complementary instrument skills, global music styles, technology, writing for media, recording, teaching, and research. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a broad portfolio of skills to succeed in whichever career you choose.

Day to day learning will take place in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and in lecture-based classrooms. You’ll also have the chance to collaborate with other aspiring industry professionals. These collaborations are possible because of our flourishing BIMM community that brings together talented students from all areas of the music industry.

Our lecturers – all of whom are still active in the music industry – will guide you through your studies. No matter which route you choose, you’ll always be supported to reach your goals, both personally and professionally.

So, what are you waiting for? Combine your passion for music performance and songwriting today for a fulfilling music industry career in the future.

**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 - Context and culture of the creative industries - Digital Music - Core instrument skills - Applied instrument skills - Songwriting techniques - Styles and genres - Creative technology

YEAR 2: - The Creative Industries and you 2: Creative Collaboration) - Creativity, identity and agency - Interpretive instrument skills - Digital performance portfolio - Music creation with technology - Songwriting and arrangement

YEAR 3 - The Creative Industries and you 3: Professional Portfolio - Final Project - Performance showcase - Showcase and showreel.

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 students and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of a Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and/or video form, as well as written.

Examples of methods used:
- Practical Exams
- Written exams
- Practical coursework
- Multimedia coursework
- Written coursework
- Presentations

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 London

BIMM Brighton

BIMM Manchester

BIMM Bristol

BIMM Birmingham

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

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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Musicianship and performance studies

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£12k

£12k

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