BMus (Hons) Contemporary Music Performance & Production
3-year and 4-year degree options available
With integrated Foundation Year 480
Full-time & part-time
With Foundation FT: 4 years/PT: 8 years
BA FT: 3 years/PT: 6 years
UK / EEA: £9,250 per year
UK / EEA: £4,620 per year
SFE funding available
University for the Creative Arts
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The music industry has changed. Today’s successful musicians are multi-instrumentalists who can produce their own music, manage their own projects and capitalise on their online channels.
This course is aimed at producing versatile, musically-literate graduates with the skills, theoretical knowledge and networks needed to develop lasting careers as professional musicians.
On our Degree Music you will learn from professional musicians working in the Industry who bring their practical knowledge and expertise into the classroom. So, whether you are an Instrumentalist, Songwriter, Performer, Producer, Arranger or Media Composer this is the course for you.
In order to succeed on this degree, you will need to have a solid foundation in your chosen specialism. If you don’t have but would like to develop your skill further, you will need to apply for the four-year degree with integrated foundation year.
The BMus Contemporary Performance & Production is complemented by a foundation year course aimed at students whose musical skills need improving to gain UG entry. Study at this level is designed to give students a structured musical education, for example if you have not studied music formally at Level 3 or had prior access to private music lessons.
The course is built so students will learn and achieve the sufficient musical, industry and study skills. It concentrates on ensuring students develop a foundation level of technique on their chosen principal instrument. The course also provides an introduction to music theory and core performance, rehearsal and study skills.
We believe this course will allow students to be fully prepared for our BMUS UG courses, as they will ensure you achieve the full set of knowledge and practical skills required to study at Level 4.
What you will learn?
- An understanding of rudimentary music theory
- Development of natural musicianship
- Essential instrumental and performance skills
- The ability to collaborate
- Key Academic Study Skills
- An understanding of core Industry skill
This course is designed to give you a broad range of skills to maximise your employability. You will develop high-level skills in your specialist area, such as your instrument and this will be supported by a broader range of skills that relate to contemporary music.
In addition, you will acquire experience and transferrable skills that are essential to all careers. On this degree, you will create the music you want to make, and we’ll help you establish the career you want to fulfil.
Extra-curricular optional workshops such as Choir, Drumline, Jazz Improvisation, instrument lessons, Industry and Large Ensembles are offered to compliment your formal studies. These workshops also give you the opportunity to experiment with new musical ideas, learnt from other classes without being formally assessed.
LCCM has many events, guest speakers and masterclass throughout the academic year. These involve Artists & industry professionals who come to LCCM and give different perspectives and provide further inspiration and insight on working in the music industry.
This course is designed to equip you with the skills, theoretical knowledge and connections necessary to establish a lasting career in music. The list below highlights some of the career options available:
- Professional session musician
- Musical director
- Band member
- Executive, manager, administrator, officer in the music or wider entertainment industry
- Music industry entrepreneur
Entry criteria and requirements: 3 Year
- 104 UCAS points are relevant experience
Entry criteria and requirements: 4 Year
- A minimum of 52 UCAS points gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications in any subject (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma)
English language requirements:
- GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).
Or relevant experience in Music.
The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us about your aims in music and why it interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show a genuine interest in music, demonstrated by one or more of the following:
- learning an instrument either taught or self-taught
- extra-curricular music activities at school, college or in the community
- performing music as a soloist, a band member or forming a band
- writing or producing music
In addition to your application entry onto the programme will be determined by your audition and interview. All applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements and whose application demonstrates the capability to complete this programme, will be offered an audition.
You will be asked questions on music theory, notation and asked to identify intervals and chord qualities by ear. The purpose of this process is for us to be able to assess what you already know and how quickly we think you can learn.
- Guitarists, pianists, bassists and singers
Please prepare two songs of your own choice, typically to be performed without a backing track. The songs must be in contrasting styles to show the breadth of your ability. One tune can be an original but not both. You will also be required to demonstrate a range of technical skills relevant to your instrument such as scales, arpeggios, chord voicings and sight-reading.
You will be asked to play a range of common grooves, styles and feels such as rock, funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, straight, swing and shuffle. You will be required to count, play time and perform different fills. Finally, you will be asked to show what you like to play and the time for your chops!
- Saxes, flute and brass
Please prepare two songs of your own choice with a backing track. The songs must be in contrasting styles to show the breadth of your ability. One tune can be an original but not both. You are welcome to bring an accompanist for the performance backing track. You will also be required to demonstrate a range of technical skills relevant to your instrument such as scales, arpeggios and sight-reading.
- Producers, Songwriters and Media Composers
You will be asked to bring two songs you have written or produced. Songwriters will be asked about lyrics, harmony and form; producers and media composers will be asked about the hardware, software and instruments you used in the production of your work. You may be asked to perform one of your songs, if you play an instrument. There will also be an assessment of your music theoretical knowledge.