BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance

UCAS Code: G80 W315 Credit Level: 6 Credit Value: 360 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 3 years full time

Contribute to the local and national music scene by performing, song writing, recording, selling and promoting new and innovative music.

BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance Awarding body

Your Programme

About the BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance programme

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.

Entry Requirements

Standard Offer: 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.

What you will learn

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
  • Dissertation
  • Music Business and Digital Promotion

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

A mixture of lectures/seminars on rehearsal and recording studio techniques, followed by workshop and rehearsal time in our industry-standard Pro Tools HD studios.

Programme Benefits

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.

What next?

Postgraduate study, teacher training, employment as a performing musician, working in the recording and production industry, multimedia, radio and television, music promotion and management.