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Leeds Arts University

Popular Music Performance

UCAS Code: W315

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Popular music performance

On this course we see no boundaries between performance, production and composition. We look for creative and versatile musicians who wish to develop their performance, production and technical skills to a professional level in order to prepare for a career in the contemporary music industries.

We recruit musicians to the following principal studies: vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drum kit. You will study in a creative environment that fosters collaborative opportunities with students across a range of disciplines, and have access to our bespoke music facilities. Our course nurtures and develops musicians to have the confidence to create original music. Performance, production and composition are integral to our approach whilst providing you with a clear understanding of the business of music and the structure of the music industries. Our experienced tutors and visiting industry professionals will support and stimulate the development of technical skills necessary to thrive as a working musician in the 21st century creative world. On graduation students will have the choice of a wide range of career options.

This dynamic course develops your musicianship through specialist 1:1 vocal/instrumental tuition, a range of band performances and learning from experienced visiting musicians with a range of styles. Most distinctively the University’s vibrant creative community gives you the opportunity to work with creative writers, graphic designers, fine artists, visual communicators, photographers, fashion designers, animators, filmmakers, and creative advertisers as part of our world-facing specialist arts university. As a working musician you’ll come into contact with other creative artists during your career and our degree provides the unique opportunity to build important creative networks and an impressive musical portfolio from the outset of your professional life.

We are proud to be academic sponsors of The Ivors Academy, the independent professional body for songwriters and composers in the UK.

Modules

Year One — You’ll develop a sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of popular music performance, production and composition, through an engagement with practical music-making. Live performance is key, so you will participate in Ensemble Performance Workshops. When combined with stagecraft sessions these will give you the opportunity to perform on stage and in the recording studio in various ensembles and as an individual, whilst receiving expert guidance from experienced teaching staff. You will learn instrumental and performance techniques through specialised 1:1 tuition and dynamic ensemble groupings. This will allow you to refine and enhance your approach with the aim of achieving a high level of musical fluency. In addition to the development of your instrumental/vocal skills and the stimulation of your creativity and musical curiosity, the course also uniquely integrates the study of song-writing, arranging, stagecraft, music production and entrepreneurial activity.

Year Two — You will continue to develop and demonstrate a sound knowledge of the concepts of popular music performance, production and composition through practical music-making. You will respond to briefs which will contribute to an extensive portfolio of song-writing, performances, recordings, and visual material, which will provide evidence of your musical confidence, ability and originality. You will explore professional artist development and address the real-world structure of the professional music industries such as contracts, rights, finances, planning, professional presentation and networking. You’ll explore the position of popular music in society, connecting musicians to distinctive and ground-breaking events in context and ongoing developments within the field. You will continue to receive specialist 1:1 vocal/instrumental tuition and hone your performance skills through ensemble workshops.

Year Three — You will undertake a musically-focused project which embodies your own popular music performance, production, and composition practice and business ambitions. Further supported with specialist 1:1 vocal/instrumental tuition, you will be expected to establish your own critical position with consideration of the relation between your music and relevant external contexts. You will further develop your professional identity, and identify the intended audience for your performance as you implement analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in many types of employment. You will be expected to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions, in order to reach sound judgements and to communicate these effectively and with clear evidence of your musical creativity, individuality, and originality. Holders of the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance will be able to demonstrate qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the application of personal responsibility, flexibility, and decision-making in complex professional, musical and creative environments.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leeds Arts University

Department:

Art and Performance

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
B

After graduation


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Design, and creative and performing arts

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Design occupations
13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations

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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

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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