Popular Music Practice

Masters (MA) Popular Music Practice

Overview

The innovative MA Popular Music Practice provides fantastic opportunities for you to explore your own specialism within popular music in line with your personal career aspirations. It allows you to stand apart from others in your chosen field and lead the discussion in contemporary music. 

You are a popular music practitioner – either a performer, producer, composer or entrepreneur – with innovative ideas and a desire to work together with students from different fields.

During your MA, we’ll help you to turn your ideas into reality. We’ll introduce you to cutting-edge research and assist you with broadening your network within the industry.

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Through four modules across Autumn and Spring Semesters, you will apply a theoretical lens to your own and others’ professional practice. Drawing on contemporary research, you will be encouraged to actively investigate areas such as popular musicology, performance and composition, the music industry and entrepreneurship and the application of technologies to practice.

During Summer Semester, the course will culminate in your Major Project: an extended piece of work that explores your chosen area of specialism.

Your contact time will be split between 1-2-1s with a specialist from your field, lectures and seminars where you study alongside students from different disciplines, and workshops with students from your own field. You will collaborate with both your peers and external stakeholders.

MA Popular Music Practice is a single qualification with a capacity to provide specialist-named awards including:

  • MA Popular Music Practice (Entrepreneurship)
  • MA Popular Music Practice (Performance)
  • MA Popular Music Practice (Production)
  • MA Popular Music Practice (Composition)

Our flexible MA courses offer both full-time and part-time options to provide an educational experience that works around you.

Awarded by:

Subject to approval

2019/2020 Fees

Modules

Please note: module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Popular Music Practice & Research

    This module explores the intersection of theory and practice. It guides you through the process of applying a critical theoretical lens to your chosen area of popular music practice. To make links between theory and practice, the module encompasses research training (including lectures with specialist researchers) and 1-2-1 tuition/mentoring. The skills and experience gained through the module provide a starting point for the Major Project.

  • You and the Popular Music Industry

    This module allows you to refine your direction within the contemporary popular music industry. It helps you develop the skills you need to support your continuous reflective professional development within your chosen area of practice. You are encouraged to hone your ideas, audit your existing skills and consider and conduct research on your audience and/or market. You are invited to liaise with industry stakeholders and engage with cutting-edge research, gaining both practical and theoretical insight into the contemporary industry.

  • Popular Music & Technology

    This module allows you to explore the use of technology in the field of popular music and to investigate the role of technologies in mediating innovative creative practice and entrepreneurship. Mentoring and workshops are offered in addition to lectures. This ensures that the development of practical skills is supported alongside building a theoretical understanding of how technological change informs and aids popular music practice.

  • Exploring Collaborative Practice

    This module examines the contemporary popular music industry through collaborative practice, exploring the structures and frameworks within which creative and entrepreneurial practices are located. You are invited to work collaboratively with your peers and external stakeholders. The culmination of the module is a symposium that exhibits both practical and research.

  • Major Project

    This module provides you with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work that explores your chosen area of practice. You are individually supervised by an expert from that field. Through applying the knowledge and skills gained through the first two semesters, you are empowered to work at the forefront of your discipline, adding to the growing field of practice-informed research on popular music.

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Minimum requirements

A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) in a creative industry related subject or significant experience in a relevant field.

Overseas students where English is not their native language may be required to meet a minimum English language requirement of an Academic IELTS 6.5. We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band.

Exceptions apply. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

After this course:

Progression

You will be qualified to work as an advanced practitioner or educator/researcher within the field of popular music practice and related creative industries.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Full-time (one year) or part-time (two years)
Awarding institution:
BIMM Institute
Teaching Institution:
BIMM London
Language of Study:
English
Final award and exit awards:
Master of Arts (MA) Degree
Admissions criteria:
A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) in a creative industry related subject or significant experience in a relevant field. All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).