Songwriting & Performance Degrees

2020/21

We’ve been shouting from the rooftops about our brand-new non-performance degrees lately. But of course our music performance and songwriting degrees are still the perfect choice for musicians looking to gain all the professional skills needed to successfully enter the industry. Let’s take a look at our course options.

Looking to study Songwriting?

BMus (Hons) Songwriting

This three-year degree level course is validated by BIMM Institute. It’s perfect for aspiring songwriters looking to give themselves a creative edge within the competitive world of musical composition. Whether you’re looking to be a performer of your own commercial music, a composer with music production skills, or a writer of scores for moving images, this course is designed to be incredibly flexible in catering for your own specific career goals.

Core modules across the three years include Context & Culture of the Creative Industries, Songwriting Skills for Ensemble, Collaboration & Performance, Creative Technology, Digital Music, Styles & Genres, Songwriting Techniques, Musicianship, Music Publishing, Events & Releasing, Creativity, Identity & Agency, Music Creation with Technology, Songwriting & Arrangement, Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) Technology, Showcase & Showreel, Professional Portfolio and Final Project. 

Optional modules allowing you to tailor your learning throughout the course include:
  • Sound Design & Writing For Media
  • Writing In Context & To Commission
  • Composition in Genres
  • Lyricism & Aesthetics
  • Complimentary Instrument Skills for Songwriters
  • Songwriting Portfolio
  • Touring & Live Events
  • Creative Video Prodution
  • Working In The Creative Industries
  • Practical Learning & Teaching In The Creative Arts
  • Composition & Arranging Techniques
  • Creative Band Performance
  • Global Music Styles
  • Vocal Capture & Production
  • Youth, Music & Social Change
  • Creative Performance With Mixed Media
  • Scoring For Drama
  • Progressive Creative Technology
  • Creative Ensemble
  • Psychology Of Music
  • Culture & Society
  • Film Studies
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Diversity In The Creative Industries
  • Performance, Stagecraft & Identity
  • Theory & Analysis
  • Audio Post Production
  • Technical Event Production
  • Electroacoustic Production

As with all our degree-level courses, you’ll also gain access to exclusive Masterclasses with songwriting specialists such as Gabrielle Aplin and Lianne La Havas, as well as opportunities to increase your performance experience at in-house showcase events and End Of Term Gigs at professional-level music venues.

Potential career paths available on completion of this course include Original Artist, Commercial Songwriter, Songwriter Producer, Film Composer, Production Music Writer, Video Game Composer, and more!

This course is available in Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

Just click the city you’re interested in for more detail, or to apply. 

Looking to study an instrument?

BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals & Keyboards.

This three-year degree level course is validated by BIMM Institute and is the perfect choice for musicians and instrumentalists looking to study their instrument at a more professional level. Across each instrumental discipline, the course is structured to include a balance of live performance, technical development, music business, Masterclasses and industry experience, all of which combine to ensure you graduate fully prepared for life as a professional musician.

Core modules for this course across all years include Finding Your Path, Performance Skills, Context & Culture of the Creative Industries, Digital Music, Core Instrument Skills, Applied Instrument Skills, Applied Performance, Creative Technology, Creative Collaboration, Creativity, Identity & Agency, Interpretive Instrument Skills, Contextualised Performance, Digital Performance Portfolio, Professional Portfolio, Performance Showcase and Final Project.

Optional modules throughout year 2 and year 3 include:
  • Complementary Instrument Skills
  • Practical Notation Reading
  • Composition And Arranging Techniques
  • Applied Repertoire Performance
  • Improvised Music Performance
  • Session And Recording Skills
  • Creative Band Performance
  • Global Music Styles
  • Creative Video Production
  • Touring And Live Events
  • Working In The Creative Industries
  • Practical Learning And Teaching In The Creative Arts 1
  • Music Creation With Technology
  • Lyricism & Aesthetics
  • Digital Composition In Context
  • Digital Performance Skills
  • Vocal Capture & Production
  • Creating Sample Libraries
  • Specialised Genre Performance
  • Performance, Stagecraft & Identity
  • Specialised Instrument Skills
  • Theory & Analysis
  • Md-Led Performance
  • Psychology Of Music
  • Culture And Society
  • Film Studies
  • Gender And Sexuality
  • Diversity In The Creative Industries
  • Practical Learning And Teaching In The Creative Arts 2
  • Scoring For Drama
  • Creative Performance With Mixed Media

Potential career paths available on completion of this course include Creative Performer, Session Specialist, Musical Director, Music Teaching, Commercial Band Performer, Backing Musician, Music Academic, and more!

This course is available in Brighton, Bristol, London, Manchester and Birmingham.

Check out our courses page and scroll to your preferred instrument and college for more info on each module as well as how to apply. 

POSTED ON: November 20, 2019
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