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Why study keyboards?
Become an incredible keyboard player at BIMM Institute – and turn your passion for music into a meaningful career. By studying our three-year keyboards degree, you’ll graduate with the know-how, contacts and skills needed to make your name in tomorrow’s music industry.
Like all our courses, our Keyboards undergraduate course has been developed with the music industry, for the music industry. And you can guarantee that what we currently offer is fully aligned with what the industry needs. That’s because we work closely with industry partners and advisors to ensure that our keyboardists have multiple skills, tools and connections to champion the music business.
Available at all BIMM Institute UK locations
A well-balanced blend of theory, analysis, practical and technical skills
What to expect
Whether your goal is to become a better keyboard player or define your own route to success, you’ll be able to achieve these and more at BIMM Institute.
Because we’ve consulted closely with industry professionals, we know that a watertight knowledge of all musical styles makes for an industry-ready keyboard player.
That’s why our BIMM Institute Keyboards degree course will hone your skills across the board.
You’ll learn core topics within your first year, such as:
- Core and Applied Instrument Skills
- Performance Skills
- Applied Performance
- Creative Technology
Choose your path with optional modules
At BIMM Institute, we don’t believe that ‘one size fits all’. That’s why our Keyboards undergraduate course puts you in control. First, you’ll learn the necessary employability skills and find where you’ll fit within the industry. Then, you can customise your studies through our range of optional modules.
These are designed to help you become the multifaceted professional the industry is looking for – and ultimately help you reach your personal and professional goals.
Expand your skillset with optional modules, such as:
- Improvised Music Performance
- Touring and Live Events
- Performance, Stagecraft and Identity
- Music Creation With Technology
Studying Keys can take you places you never initially thought. With our optional modules, you’ll build your own path to success and launch into a dream career.
Potential keyboards career paths:
- Creative Performer
- Session Specialist
- Commercial Band Performer
- Music Teacher
Exclusive networking opportunities
You’ll also have access to exclusive networking opportunities and the chance to collaborate with like-minded fellow musicians throughout your course. And, all this becomes easier with BIMM Connect – an exclusive social media platform. Here, you’ll team up and network with fellow students, alumni, bands, songwriters, press agents, managers and promoters to get the most out of your time here.
We’re immensely proud that so many BIMM students have become successful professionals in the music industry – and turned their love of music into their career. Head to our BIMM Institute Alumni page to find out more.
Jonny has worked with a number artists of various genres and styles. Credits include; Speech Debelle (Mercury prize winner), Moya (including support tours for Rod Stewart and Mick Hucknall), Marika Hackman and number one artist, Dermot Kennedy.
Kai's live touring schedules have taken him all over the world with headline appearances at arenas, stadiums and festivals, as well TV appearances such as Saturday Night Live, Later... with Jools Holland, Radio 1 Live Lounge, Jimmy Kimmel and the Ellen DeGeneres show with artists like Dua Lipa.
BIMM Brighton alumnus Sam Fuller has been making a name for himself as a composer since graduating from his BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Musicianship in 2017. He follows in the footsteps of Hanz Zimmer, Bear McCreary and John Williams, writing music for a range of formats including, feature films, short films, tv shows,
BIMM Institute’s regular Masterclasses put you in the room with the professional performers and lead keyboardists at the top of their game.
The likes of Tony Kirkham (Stereophonics), Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath world tours) and Matt Johnson have given our students professional advice and career tips that you won’t find in any textbook, plus unmatched wisdom that will help you navigate the music industry.
The best way to learn your trade is by doing it for real. And our specialist Careers and Industry Teams are here to help you learn by doing. Armed with invaluable contacts and industry connections, they’ll find you the opportunities that money can’t buy – and help bring your portfolio to that next level.
You’ll also get regular performance opportunities throughout the course. Whether it’s playing at our end-of-term gigs, at local music nights arranged and promoted by our Event Management and Music Business students, or at some of the world’s biggest festivals, we’ve got the connections so you can do what you love.
Check out our resources below to discover more about life at BIMM Institute. You’ll hear from students currently studying our Popular Music Performance course as well as handy advice and tips on how to find your niche as a performer once you get here.
The soundcheck is your chance to lock down a decent live mix, and if you don’t use your time effectively, you’ll sound like a clock radio.
People who’ve been at BIMM have an obvious advantage, because they have an understanding of the industry already, which is of a very huge advantage compared to somebody who might just be making music without too much direction.
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For any questions regarding our Keyboard courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].