Professional Music Performance Course - ACM London

BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance – ACM London

Channel your inner performer.
Become a world-class musician.

The Professional Music Performance programme provides its students with the skills and experience necessary to become a world-class musician of both stage and studio. Choose a primary study instrument (BassDrumsGuitar or Vocals) and master it. Become sensai of that discipline, a virtuoso soloist, an ensemble expert, a professional session musician, gather some skills in songwriting and audio production and learn about how the music and creative industries work.

ACM London Degrees are validated and awarded by Falmouth University, which has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.

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UCAS Codes

UCAS Institution Code: A48
Course name:
BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance
Course codes:
 Bass – G322 | Drums – HH42 | Guitar – GR52 | Vocals – RT55

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Course Overview

BA(Hons) Professional Music Performance is a full-time course; typically, students should expect to spend 35 – 40 hours per week on a combination of taught and self-directed study. Each module is delivered over a 15-week Study Block, typically comprising of 12 weeks of learning and teaching and 3 weeks of assessment and feedback.

Students will engage in a variety of learning activities, including lectures, seminars, private and group tutorials and specialist workshops.

Assessment tasks include portfolios, written coursework (eg: essays, case studies, reports and dissertations), projects and live performances.

Professional Music Performance Modules

In the first year of the programme, students will study the following compulsory modules.
All compulsory modules must be passed in order to complete the award. Rules governing progression and degree classifications are explained in Falmouth University’s Academic Regulations.

  • Improvisation in Performance
    Study Block 2 – 20 Credits The Improvisation in Performance module will equip you with an arsenal of improvisational skills and methods, with the ultimate outcome of innovative musical expression in your specialist area. The skills and vocabulary learned in these lectures are fundamental to music performance and will be applied within practical scenarios throughout the course. In addition to learning the module’s prescribed content, you will be encouraged to develop your own approach to learning, in order to effectively enhance your technical abilities, apply your newly-learned skills in a broader music context and develop an individual approach to your specialist area. You are expected to apply efficient time management and a strategic approach throughout the module. Lecture content will be supported with tutorials, group sessions and masterclass performances.
  • Composition and Technology
    Study Block 2 – 20 Credits The Composition and Technology module provides you with the opportunity to study and apply methodologies for composing and arranging original music. The module will support you in producing original compositions in response to a specified brief. The concepts examined will provide an integrated understanding of the broader musical context and will support the development of your work throughout the course. In addition to composing, arranging and presenting original music, you will be asked to provide critical analysis of how you applied the concepts studied throughout the module to your compositions. You will be expected to develop a strategic approach for doing required tasks that employs effective time management. The module is a mixture of directed and self-directed study, and lectures will be supported with tutorials and group sessions.
  • Chart Reading
    Study Block 2 – 20 Credits The aim of the module is to provide learners with an essential knowledge of music notation that informs the performance of ‘real world’ charts as found in a variety of professional settings. The module content will offer insight into the execution and interpretation of written parts through the study of essential aspects of harmonic and rhythmic notation within contemporary popular music. Ultimately, this module aims to empower the learner to read notation accurately and interpret the less prescriptive elements of charts in ways that are widely acceptable within industry. You will be expected to apply a strategic approach to the practice and research elements of Chart Reading and demonstrate effective time management. The module predominantly comprises self-directed study; lectures will be supported by tutorials and group sessions.
  • Music Industry Studies
    Study Block 1 – 20 Credits The UK Music Business module provides a comprehensive overview of the UK music industry and its relationship with other major European markets. It explores the interaction between record companies, publishers, managers, agents, writers, artists and merchandising, with particular focus on how they operate in the digital age. Key to this module is sponsorship and product placement, and how artists and managers incorporate these revenue streams into a coherent business strategy. Lectures will include cases studies on the commercial affairs of important artists in the UK and Europe. The outcome of the module will be a demonstrable understanding of the UK/European music industry, and the practical application of this theory within the context of your own work.
  • Technical Studies
    Study Block 1 – 20 Credits Through the Technical Studies module you will develop the specialist skills, techniques and methodologies required for expanding your technical ability and creative musical expression. The skills and vocabulary learned in these lectures are fundamental to music performance and will be applied to practical scenarios throughout the course. In addition to learning the module’s prescribed content, you will be encouraged to develop your own learning methods for the enhancement of your technical ability, and apply them within a broader musical context. The techniques studied in this module will prepare you for the lecture content in Advanced Technical Studies, which takes place at Level 5 Study Block 1. Throughout the module, you will be expected to manage your time effectively, and develop an individual approach to your area of specialism. Lecture content will be supplemented by tutorials and masterclass performances.
  • Band Skills
    Study Block 1 – 20 Credits This module aims to explore and develop the concepts, principles, methods and techniques utilised by professional performers to create effective and convincing live performances. As well as defining the roles and responsibilities of the professional performer, it calls for students to evaluate and interpret classic stage performances and make informed musical judgments in the reproduction of specific contemporary musical genres and styles. The techniques studied in this module will prepare you for the lecture content in Advanced Band Skills, which takes place at Level 5 Study Block 1. Throughout the module, you will be expected to manage your time effectively, and develop an individual approach to your area of specialism. Lecture content will be supplemented by tutorials and masterclass performances.

In the second year of the programme students will be required to complete the following compulsory modules, together with two elective modules. All compulsory modules and the chosen electives must be passed in order to complete the award. Rules governing progression and degree classifications are explained in Falmouth University’s Academic Regulations.

  • Advanced Band Skills
    Study Block 1 – 20 Credits This module aims to present the concepts and principles associated with the techniques and methods used by professional musicians to create effective and convincing live performances. It will explain the roles and responsibilities of the professional performer and call for students to lead and interpret adventurous stage performances, and make sound musical judgments in the presentation of specific advanced contemporary musical genres and styles. Techniques of performance preparation will be explored in depth, and learners will be expected to apply improvisation and engage with musical direction activities as required. Throughout the module, you will be expected to manage your time effectively, and develop an individual approach to your area of specialism. Lecture content will be supplemented by tutorials and masterclass performances.
  • Advanced Improvisation in Performance
    Study Block 2 – 20 Credits Building on your learning from Level 4 Study Block 2, Advanced Improvisation in Performance will equip you will more advanced improvisational skills and methodologies for the facilitation of creative musical expression. These techniques will be applied within the context of practical performance scenarios in the next level of study. In addition to learning the prescribed module content, you are encouraged to develop your own learning methodologies for enhancing your technical abilities and applying them within a broader musical context, and to develop your own individual approach to your area of specialism.
  • Artist Case Study and Evaluation
    Study Block 2 – 20 Credits Artist Case Study and Evaluation examines the techniques, methodologies and repertoire of iconic artists within a particular specialism. The concepts explored in this module are intended to facilitate the development of your individual approach and should be applied within a broader musical context over the duration of the course. In addition to learning a representative portion of an artist’s repertoire, you will be required to present a critical analysis of the historical, social and cultural factors that shaped that artist’s unique sound and style. You will expand your critical analysis through the inclusion of musical notation and commentary on how the transcription evidences the artist’s unique voice. Your lecturer or module leader must approve all choices of artists and repertoire.
  • Advanced Technical Studies
    Study Block 1 – 20 Credits The Advanced Technical Studies module builds on the specialist skills studied in the earlier Technical Studies module. In it, you will learn advanced techniques that expand on your previous study and consolidate and extend your vocabulary on the instrument. There will be a greater emphasis on the practical application of learned skills than in Technical Studies in order to prepare you for the next level of study. In addition to learning the prescribed module content, you will be encouraged to develop your own learning methods for enhancing your technical skills and applying them with a broader musical context, and to develop an individual approach to your specialist area.

Elective Modules:

  • Education and Training
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits This module aims to introduce students to theories, principles and models of education and training leading to the development of teaching skills relating to the delivery of private music lessons. Students will develop understanding of the broad principles of teaching, learning and assessment within a chosen specialism.
  • Music Journalism
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits Music Journalism will explore the development, role and future of music journalism in music subcultures, taste making, promotion and distribution. In addition, it considers the varied critical perspectives of music journalists, publishers and publicists all of whom contribute to the varied roles in music journalism. Additionally, it is essential that you apply a critical approach to various scenarios related to music journalism, relating these to commercial objectives and how different content can be applied to varying platforms and publications. The module encourages self-directed study and you will be expected to develop a strategic approach to practice and research. Effective time management is essential. Lectures will be supported by tutorials and group sessions.
  • Advanced Music Theory and Analysis
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits Advanced Music Theory and Analysis aims to examine a broad range of advanced music theory topics that will form a basis for analysing creativity in the conception of contemporary music. In addition, learners will be required to understand and apply advanced music theory, and be encouraged to study in detail a range of concepts within a broad spectrum of musical genres and styles. The module predominantly comprises self-directed study and you will be expected to develop a strategic approach to practice and research. Effective time management is essential. Lectures will be supported by tutorials and group sessions.
  • Audio Design for Video Games
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits Through Audio Design for Video Games you will be exposed to the myriad of opportunities that the gaming industry offers to the contemporary music professional. You will learn to adopt a suitable and relevant writing style, and examine the various audio types that a gaming soundtrack requires, from basic sound effects to fully orchestral compositions. Further study will examine the role of online listings, agencies and networking in this competitive and exciting industry. The end goal of this module is to enable you to demonstrate your ability to create a complete song or composition to a specific brief within the context of the gaming industry. This will include critical reflection on your processes, methods and rationale.
  • Recorded Music Production
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits Through Recorded Music Production you will have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of record production. The module will focus on how a song (or collection of songs) evolves from a demo or rehearsal room arrangement to a master recording. Key areas of study include song selection and quality control, pre-production and arrangement, choosing a producer, goal setting, mixing, mastering and the psychology of recording. Your lessons will also explore the strategy of bypassing the demo stage and producing a fully finished master following the initial writing stage. You will examine the production of various recordings and assess how it has affected the record’s commercial success. Successful completion of the module will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of record production and how to apply this in your chosen career path. As the module is part directed and part self-directed, you will be expected to develop a strategic approach and effective time management to ensure you complete tasks as required. Tutorials and group work will supplement scheduled lectures.
  • Composition for Audio-Visual Media
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits This module aims to explore the use of music in a variety of audio-visual media, including film, television, radio and games, and to equip learners to compose music to a contemporary brief suitable to a given format. Learners will analyse classic media music forms and be stimulated to discuss and debate the nature of commercial success. They will apply the concept of commercial viability to musical works, mapping their own work against market-leading product. Writers will be encouraged to develop their understanding of the responsibilities of commercial writers, analyse the emotive qualities within music, and link musical content to audience reaction.
  • Tour Management
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits It is not uncommon for a manager to control the planning and execution of a tour in the early stages of a band or artist’s career and, to that end, the Tour Management module will equip you with a thorough understanding of touring logistics. In this module you will study budgets, processes and logistics and examine the roles of various crew members. You will learn which areas of a budget are most susceptible to variation as a result of the creative and practical decisions made by an artist, manager or tour manager. Key themes of the module are innovative thinking on budget management and the optimisation of commercial and creative outcomes. You will discuss the principles of effective promotion, including relationships with booking agents and promoters, and investigate the art of effective set list creation for a range of professional situations, from short support sets and small venue gigs to festival slots and arena headline shows.
  • Freelance and Musical Direction Skills
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits Freelancing and Music Direction Skills aims to examine and develop the career strategies and professional skills of a freelance musician, including the essential skill of working with musical direction in the contemporary music environment. Additionally, it is essential that you apply a critical approach to the opportunities of freelance employment related to your specialism, justifying how these are part of your own career trajectory. The module predominantly comprises self-directed study and you will be expected to develop a strategic approach to practice and research. Effective time management is essential. Lectures will be supported by tutorials and group sessions.
  • Experimental Sound and Music
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits Exploring both an historical perspective and examples from more recent practitioners, this module aims to explore the creation of music and sound utilising a variety of experimental techniques. Interpretations of experimentalism will be discussed and demonstrated using a combination of software, hardware and performance techniques. Students will be encouraged to utilize a variety of these techniques to enhance and improve the originality of their compositions and productions.
  • IP Rights and Publishing
    Study Block 1 or 2 – 20 Credits IP Rights and Publishing takes a detailed look at the publishing industry, one of the major income streams available to songwriters, and will provide you with an understanding of the role of IP rights within this industry. In this module you will study the content and terms of different types of publishing contracts and the importance of copyright law in protecting your intellectual property rights and song rights. Additionally, you will explore scenarios such as songwriting splits, and how to agree on their terms to the mutual satisfaction of all parties. Successful completion of this module will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the publishing industry and related copyright law by applying this knowledge within the context of your own practice.

In the final year of the programme, students will study the following compulsory modules.
All compulsory modules must be passed in order to complete the award. Rules governing progression and degree classifications are explained in Falmouth University’s Academic Regulations.

  • Exit Project
    Study Block 2 – 30 Credits Exit Project aims to enable learners to consolidate the skills and experience gained during the course of their studies and deliver a substantial project associated with their chosen specialism. In addition to specialist skills and knowledge, project management will be required, requiring activities such as the choosing of personnel and ...
  • Musicianship in Context
    Study Block 1 – 30 Credits The Musicianship in Context module expands on your earlier learning to equip you with an extended range of specialist skills, techniques and methodologies for incorporation into your creative practice. As well as building on your technical skills, you will undertake continued exploration of improvisation within the context of various musical ...
  • Portfolio
    Study Block 2 – 30 Credits The Portfolio module is your opportunity to research and report on the full spectrum of career opportunities within your specialist area. You will be expected to identify and discuss available career pathways and explain how your craft can be applied within the context of professional opportunities and, if desired, lead ...
  • Dissertation
    Study Block 1 – 30 Credits The dissertation module provides an opportunity for you to carry out in-depth research and critical analysis of a topic relevant to the direction and development of your practice. The module also provides a further opportunity for you to gain and develop skills in the structuring, protocols and conventions associated with ...

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BA(Hons) Degree, 2016-17

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Course Details

AWARD
BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance

MODE OF STUDY
Campus based, full-time.
London | 3 Years

FHEQ LEVEL: 6
Degree 360 Credits

UCAS CODES
Institution Code: A48
Bass – G322
Drums – HH42
Guitar – GR52
Vocals – RT55

Entry Requirements

All candidates will be required to attend an audition / interview.

London | 3 YEAR DEGREE

Minimum age 18

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator.

We normally require Grade C GCSE (or an equivalent qualification) in English. Candidates should be capable of using the English language fluently, and able to structure arguments and present evidence to a standard appropriate to study at Level ‘4’. Where the application materials appear insufficient to form a clear judgement on the candidate’s fluency, additional documentary evidence (e.g. recent essays) may be required.

Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to have achieved IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent qualification. For details regarding Falmouth University’s language requirements and accepted test certificates click here.

Please note that if you live outside of the EU or EFTA and require a Tier 4 VISA to study in the United Kingdom, we thank you for your interest in ACM but we are unable to accept your application at present for our full time Further Education and Higher Education programmes.

We welcome applications from those who might have completed alternative qualifications and/or have prior experience. In the instance of no Level 3 qualifications being held or the conditions not being met, we will ask for additional material to be submitted in support of your application. Details for this will be provided to you upon successful audition.

Awarding body
Falmouth University

FEES
£9,000 per year. Student loans are available.

CAMPUS DELIVERY
London

Important Information

Important information pertaining to your studies and the regulations that govern your studentship can be found on Falmouth University’s website by following this link. In particular, you should note the ‘Student Terms & Conditions’, ‘Academic Regulations’, ‘ACM Student Code of Conduct’, and ‘Academic Integrity Policy’.

If you are dissatisfied with the level of service that you have received with ACM and wish to make a complaint, please read and follow ACM’s Complaints Policy and Procedure, which can be found on Falmouth University’s website at this link.