BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance
About This Course
BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance programme aims to develop students into successful contributing members of the local, national and international popular music industry. Our students will have access to our industry-standard rehearsal and live performance spaces, including our Corner Lounge informal acoustic performance space in our University Centre building, and 250-seat live music theatre in the School of Art.
Our four rehearsal studios include the very latest in backline equipment and professional PA sound reinforcement. For guitarists and bassists, we have Marshall, Orange, Peavey and Blackstar amplification to cater for many styles, and our drummers can enjoy our top-of-the-range TAMA and Sonor drum kits. Keyboard players have the opportunity to use our Kurweil, Roland and Yamaha electric pianos and our Bechstein grand piano. Industry standard sound reinforcement is available in every rehearsal room for acoustic guitarists and singers, including Shure microphones, Yamaha powered mixers and Peavey loud speakers. For those interested in learning about live sound, our DB fully active live rig and Allen and Heath desks are available for live use.
80 UCAS points. This equates to MMP or above at BTEC National Diploma, CCD at A-Level, or Merit on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media). Students are also required to hold English & Maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C/4 or above.
We understand that many active musicians and producers have a wealth of industry experience with no traditional entry qualifications. Therefore, to reflect this, applicants with no traditional entry qualifications are welcome and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants may be asked to complete a short written essay on a musical influence, and attend an informal interview to showcase production and/or performance skills.
Year 1 (Level 4):
- Sound Production
- Electronic Music Composition
- Song Writing and Composition
- Live Sound
- Music Theory and Listening Skills
- Performance 1
- Popular Music Studies
Year 2 (Level 5):
- Composition for TV and Film
- Radio Production
- Music Theory and Composition Studies
- Popular Music Studies 2
- Performance Portfolio
Year 3 (Level 6):
- Final Major Project
- Creative Collaboration
- Music Business and Digital Promotion
University Centre Grimsby believes that demonstrating practical skills is the best way to develop an understanding of live music and performance work. The programme is therefore weighted in favour of developing and evidencing practical work (performance and composition etc.), supplemented by written elements including research into previous practitioners and evaluative comments on practical progress. You’re encouraged to showcase work-in-progress to ensure that everyone is on the path to success.
Our students have the benefit of studying on a high-quality University of Hull validated programme, with access to highly qualified and experienced staff, as well as our industry-standard professional-quality studios, live music venues and rehearsal spaces. Our equipment is a reflection of the industry, and includes only the highest quality instrumentation and microphones.
Postgraduate study, teacher training, employment as a performing musician, working in the recording and production industry, multimedia, radio and television, music promotion and management.