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Popular Music and Worship (Nexus ICA)

Entry requirements


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Prospective students will be required to undertake a practical audition to assess musical ability (equivalent to Grade 6 Practical and Grade 5 theory, based on the RockSchool syllabus). If you do not have Grade 5 theory, we have a short music theory entrance exam you can take. You can find sample papers on our website. These exams will be available to take on one of our Open Days or at another suitable time. If you require any support relating to this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Popular music performance

The Popular Music and Worship degree has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. This course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.

Over three years, our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

Committed to your career

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Year One
• Foundational Instrument Study
• Further Instrument Study
• Live Performance Workshop
• Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations
• Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History
• Pursuit of Worship 1
Year Two
• Advanced Instrument Study
• Contextual Studies
• Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church
• Popular Music Performance
• Pursuit of Worship 2
Year Three
• Professional Development and Career Planning (Core module)
• Music Performance and Professional Practice (Core module)
• Contemporary Worship Practice (Core module)
• Church History (Optional)
• Church Praxis (Optional)
• Song Writing and Production (Optional)
• Live Events Management (Optional)
• Advanced Recital (Optional)
• Instrumental Teaching and Pedagogy (Optional)

Tuition fees

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England
£7,500
per year
International
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£7,500
per year
Republic of Ireland
£7,500
per year
Scotland
£7,500
per year
Wales
£7,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Nexus Institute of Creative Arts (Nexus ICA)

Department:

London College of Music

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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.

61%
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
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

70%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
64%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
B

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
42%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

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

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£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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