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Coventry University

Popular Music Performance and Songwriting

UCAS Code: W315

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

The Access to HE Diploma. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

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

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Popular music performance

A key aim of our course is to ensure that there is a strong ‘creative practice’ strand of performance and songwriting throughout all three years that relates closely to working in the music industry and this is supported by small group instrumental or vocal lessons as outlined through the ‘Personal Instrumental Learning Plan’. Musicianship skills underpin the practice; music theory for popular music is a significant component of the course at every level; and the course includes modules specifically aimed at building the entrepreneurial skill base and business awareness necessary to operate in the music industry. Critical reflection on your own professional development is included on each level of the practice-based modules, and this subsequently feeds into the development of your own personal web profile.

You’ll be taught how to manage, organise and technically realise music projects and be encouraged to enter the local music scene with multiple opportunities to perform in the region’s venues. Music student ensembles have taken part in the Godiva Festival, Coventry Jazz Festival, Coventry Peace and Reconciliation Festival and performed their final projects at central Coventry music venues, such as The Albany, Ego Arts Venue, the Tin Music and Arts, and Belgrade Theatre.

We enjoy local reputation for providing quality live music for all types of venues or genre-based musical events. We regularly hold concerts open to the public – the renowned Coventry University lunchtime concert series has featured internationally renowned musicians like finger-style guitarist Thomas Leeb, jazz pianist Andy Quin, and funk band Resolution 88.

You also have the chance to deepen your musical understanding within other cultures by taking up the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. Recent students have found studying in Cyprus, Finland, Spain and Canada to be a life changing experience.

**Key Course Benefits:**

• A focus on creative-based music skills in performance and songwriting which is underpinned by popular music theory.
• A vibrant and creative environment, offering you access to professional practices, new research and outstanding graduate support;
• Regular opportunities to showcase students’ performing and songwriting talent in a public context throughout their studies.
• To develop your own personal website (e.g. Domain of One’s Own) which by the later stages of the course, is intended to be a professional-looking, outward-facing website that demonstrates the breadth of your learning and professional experience.
• Performance spaces on-site include a large room with two grand pianos, suitable for small recitals, and The Hub’s Square One, a large performance space kitted out with PA, amps, drums and a grand piano.
• You will have the opportunity to perform in at least one of the following city's live music venues (subject to availability), which previously has included: Studio 54, The Herbert Art Gallery, Kasbah, The Phoenix, The Cross, Drapers, The Cottage, The Tin, The Litten Tree, Ego Arts and Nexus.
• Extensive specialist facilities: a music seminar room with grand piano, PA, amps, drum kit, 5.1 surround sound and directly linked to a control room for recording; music practice rooms with pianos, drums and PA; three band rooms; a 5.1 studio and live room; instrument storage; an iMac music tech suite plus further state-of-the-art recording studios running Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Max and Sibelius on Apple macs
• Visiting master classes which are embedded within the course and which have included: Black Sabbath founder Tony Iommi, singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert; composers: Nick Ryan, Derek Nesbitt, Kit Turnbull and Juwon Ogungbe; sonic artist Trevor Wishart; guitarist Sam Cave; avant-garde bass clarinettist, Sarah Watts; composer and multi-instrumentalist Frank Moon; jazz keyboardist and music production composer, Andy Quinn.Masterclass visitors are subject to availability and may change each year

Modules

* **Performance and songwriting:** Your creative practice is at the heart of the course. Throughout you will have opportunities to develop, reflect on and apply your performance and songwriting skills in a range of working scenarios.

* **Musicianship skills and popular music theory:** Through both individual work and band musicianship you will have the opportunity to develop your core musical and ensemble skills. Ultimately your depth of understanding in popular music theory and musical literacy may be key drivers in gaining suitable work opportunities in the music industry and, consequently, we see an important study theme is a working understanding of music theory.

* **Music technology and studio recording:** You study and utilise creatively a range of technologies across the course.

* **Critical skills:** Reflective practice, scholarship, and research are embedded in modules throughout the three years.

* **Music industry and the development of the musician as artist:** Your studies will include looking at aspects of the music industry and its operation. Moreover, you will create your own personal website during your first semester, thus beginning to build your online artist profile, and which you will populate and curate over the duration of the course.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Media and Performing Arts

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.

74%
med
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

79%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
54%
Male students
46%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
C
E

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
30%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Teaching and educational professionals
22%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

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

Popular music performance

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

£16k

£16k

£20k

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£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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