Musician Degree Courses - ACM Music College

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

The Musician study-route 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 (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keys 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.

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

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Musician Route UCAS Codes

BA(Hons) Music Industry Practice (MIP) – The Musician Route:
UCAS Institution Code: A48

  • Bass Degree 2 Years K32J | 3 Years G32T
  • Drums Degree 2 Years 42H6 | 3 Years 952W
  • Guitar Degree 2 Years 56Y3 | 3 Years 5G2R
  • Vocals / Singing Degree 2 Years RT5Q | 3 Years J5W8
  • Keyboards Degree 2 Years BGR4 | 3 Years 58W2
  • Music & Education (Bass) 2 Years H6P8 | 3 Years A7S4
  • Music & Education (Drums) 2 Years WH15 | 3 Years W31N
  • Music & Education (Guitar) 2 Years WJ15 | 3 Years W351
  • Music & Education (Vocals/Singing) 2 Years W35D | 3 Years W35C
  • Music & Education (Keyboards/Piano) 2 Years W3D5 | 3 Years W3N1

Musician Modules

All students on the Musician Study-Route must study the following modules in addition to the mandatory modules of the Music Industry Practice programme.

  • General Musicianship: MIP-404
    Essential topic coverage for anybody serious about music performance. General Musicianship provides students with knowledge of the language of music through exploration of rhythm, melody and harmony.
  • Technical Studies: MIP-405 and Advanced Technical Studies: MIP-502
    These modules provide you with the discipline, knowledge and technical skills required to master their chosen instrument, whether that be Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keys or Vocals. Whichever you choose, become the best.
  • Band Skills: MIP-406 and Advanced Band Skills: MIP-503
    These modules show you the techniques and methodologies required to create world-class group performances.
  • Chart Reading: MIP-422
    This module will 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.
  • Music Information Technology: MIP-408
    Become a consummate technician of sound. Music Information Technology enables you to develop your understanding and skill in using various music software packages covering MIDI sequencing, sound synthesis, recording and editing techniques.
  • Improvisation and Professional Session Skills: MIP-501
    This module helps you develop your improvisation skills. You will learn how to react and perform music on the spot, wowing audiences and musicians alike.
  • The Elite Performer: MIP-604
    Demonstrate excellence. This module unlocks the concepts and principles associated with virtuoso performance. Be at the top of your game.

Over the last 20 years we’ve learnt that there are some things that every music industry professional needs to know about. Things such as copyright, the pseudo-currency of the music industry, who the key players are and how the various sectors of artist management, records, publishing and live work and are changing. That’s why our Music Industry Practice programme includes a small number mandatory modules that we believe everybody should study.

  • Personal and Professional Development: MIP-401
    Unlock your full potential. This module helps you to become the best industry professional you can be, developing the necessary combination of passion, potential, character and commitment required to achieve your career goals.
  • Cultural Perspectives: MIP-402
    Getting to the roots of music. This module helps you to understand the broader social context of music. Link happenings in the wider-world with the development of music and analyse the cultural associations of specific musical genres. Learn where the music came from.
  • Music Industry Studies: MIP-403
    This module gives you a thorough understanding of the music industry and its key players, as well as exploring our industry’s pseudo-currency; copyright in artistic works. Music Industry Studies gives you the best start imaginable for a career as a music industry professional.
  • Exit Specialism: MIP-601
    This module asks you to consolidate all the skills and experience gained during the course of your studies to deliver a substantial practical project associated with your chosen specialism. A songwriter might deliver an album and songbook. A sound designer may work on an interactive game soundtrack. Entrepreneurial students might launch a real business venture. ...
  • Portfolio: MIP-602
    This module requires that you professionally present you and your work to the music marketplace, making you ready to compete successfully with other industry professionals upon graduation.
  • Research Project: MIP-603
    Deliver a research-based dissertation in a field related to the music or wider creative industries in order to drive understanding in a particular area, forward.

Credit-bearing elective modules are a requirement of your qualification. Students must choose 2 from the list, below.

  • Music Therapy: MIP-520
    Live a better life with music. This module delivers a detailed understanding of music therapy in health and education settings. Now you, too, can understand the importance of music, not only as art and entertainment, but as a positive force in the lives of others.
  • Mix Preparation and Mastering: MIP-521
    Gain a thorough understanding of the theories and concepts that underpin mix preparation and mastering, the final polishing exercises involved in a recorded product’s route to market.
  • Composition for Audiovisual Media: MIP-522
    Make music for all kinds of arts and entertainment platforms, from film and television to gaming. Learn the theory, psychology, commerce and practicalities of musical composition taking place outside of our home industry.
  • Music Journalism: MIP-523
    This explores the development, role and future of music journalism as a form of critique, commentary, tastemaking, and promotion. You will come to understand the role that writers have in shaping and appraising music culture, as well as learning about the key players and platforms involved in the commerce of journalism today. Pick up a ...
  • Experimental Music and Sound: MIP-524
    Raise the bar of the avant-garde. This module explores the non-traditional creation of music and sound using a variety of experimental techniques. Challenge the norm and be at the cutting edge of music making.
  • Broadcast Studies: MIP-525
    Discover both medium and message. This module provides you with a core understanding of the fundamentals of television, radio and internet broadcasting technology, production, programming and presentation technique.
  • Education and Training: MIP-526
    Inform and inspire. This module introduces you to theories, principles and models of education necessary for you to impart your wisdom to others. Be the best music teacher you can be.
  • Interactive Audio: MIP-527
    Bring sound and story to life. This module teaches how music and sound can be integrated into all kinds of interactive media such as theatre, art-installations, e-books and computer games for the purpose of entertainment and education. Augmented Reality. The world as you might see and hear it.
  • Freelance and Music Direction Skills: MIP528
    This module 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.
  • Audience and Consumer Psychology: MIP-529
    Understand what moves a crowd and makes them spend their money. This module explores the relationship between music and psychology from commercial, emotional and academic perspectives.
  • Advanced Music Theory and Analysis: MIP-530
    This module provides you with an advanced understanding of music theory. Become a sensei in the science of music.
  • Music in the Community: MIP-531
    Learn the role of music in bringing communities together. This module explores the context and function of music in the community, covering historical, social and economical areas of study.

Zero-credit elective modules (subject to availability) have no bearing on or requirement in your qualification. they are purely optional. We recommend that students study 2 of these modules, but there is no minimum or maximum stipulation.

  • Second Instrument
    This module gives you the opportunity to learn and master a second instrument, thus improving your versatility, creativity and employability.
  • Keyboard Skills
    This module provides you with further technical proficiency in playing piano/keys, arguably the starting-point for so many of those who love music.
  • Web and App Design
    This module teaches you about web and app design – knowledge and skills that are very useful in a multitude of situations in today’s digital world, whether for building your own artistic presence online or building a presence for others.
  • Movement and Dance
    Learn how to enhance live performance with movement and dance. Whether choreographing your own movement or the movement of others, learn how to link music and body in this elective module.
  • Presentation and Media Skills
    This module prepares you for effectively presenting your talent to the wider world. Learn how to work the camera, from both behind and infront of the lens. Explore what to say to journalists, and also what not to say!
  • Self-Employment
    As you build towards the dream portfolio, where you yourself are in charge of your own career destiny, it is extremely likely that you will at some point find yourself working in a self-employed manner. This module teaches you how to manage your business affairs as a self-employed individual, including how to handle taxation and ...
  • Creative Writing
    Bring your ideas to life in writing. This module gives you the opportunity to become an accomplished storyteller, whether your intended output be media journalism or the lyrics of a song. Master the written word.
  • Ensemble Singing
    Discover the power of group singing, verse and chorus. This module introduces you to the essential techniques and skills required to arrange and perform in vocal ensembles. Whether you are a singer, bandleader, conductor or composer, learn how to bring together a group of voices together for maximum effect.
  • Radio Presentation
    Speak to your audience. This module explores the art of voice presentation within the broadcast and programming industries. Whether you’d like to become a radio presenter or commercial voice artist, learn how to use your voice to maximum effect.
  • Radio Production
    You’ll learn all about the technologies involved in the broadcast and programming industries and how some of your favourite radio programming is made in this elective module. Master the art of Radio Production.
  • Remixing
    Turn tracks on their head. This module gives students the required skills and knowledge to understand the art of remixing.
  • Audio Technical Support
    Give good technical support. Enable production and performance sessions to run smoothly and professionally through study of this module.
  • Experimental Sound & Music
    Create in a different way. In this module, students are shown how to utilise a variety of software, hardware and performance techniques to enhance and improve originality in composition and production.
  • Pro Tools
    Master the de facto production package, Pro Tools. This module gives practitioners of audio production the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge of the world’s most favoured Digital Audio Workstation software.
  • Ableton
    As a sequencer, experimental sound creation tool and live performance device in one neat and intuitive package, Ableton is the choice of many top artists, record producers and remixers, particularly within the many Electronic music genres. Become an Ableton guru.
  • Sound to Picture
    Moving picture mediums such as Television, Video, Film and Games are commonly matched with sound, but the ability to match the medium, type and style of the moving picture with the right sound is not an easy task. This module shows students how to get it right every time.
  • Location Recording
    Create viable and interesting sound designs. From equipment choice to capture technique, become proficient in Location Recording, Foley and ADR.
  • Live Recording
    Whether at Wembley Stadium or the local pub, equipment choice and capture technique in a live setting is very different to that in a studio environment. Learn the intricacies of a perfect live recording set-up in this module.

Our Foundation Year is for those people who haven’t taken a traditional route through education or the working world and, having spoken with our teams, determine that they would benefit from an additional year of study with us at the start of their programme.

In the Foundation year students will complete eight modules taken from the list below.  The modules studied will be dependent on the route taken although all students will study Music Culture and Music Industry Overview modules. The remaining six modules relevant to this route are as follows:

Musician Route: Music Theory, Introduction to Band Skills, Instrumental Studies, Songwriting, Musical Improvisation, Ear training & Sight-reading

On successful completion of the Foundation Year students will progress onto the relevant route of the accelerated 2-year programme.

  • Songwriting: MIP-001
    From ballads to anthems, earworms to epics, learn how to craft the lyrics and melodies that will emote and captivate. This module introduces you to the essentials of successful songwriting.
  • Musical Improvisation: MIP-002
    Make music, in the moment. This module develops the art of musical improvisation, teaching you the necessary skills to perform solos and accompany other musicians freely and spontaneously.
  • Ear Training and Sightreading: MIP-003
    Unlock the language of music, on page and in ear. This module provides you with the ability to recognise and understand intervals, harmony, time and key signatures, rhythmic and dynamic notation.
  • Instrumental and Vocal Studies: MIP-004
    Express yourself. This module delivers the core skills required to master your instrument to a professional level. Through study, you will come to understand the common elements of every good vocal and instrumental technique.
  • Basic Sequencing and Software: MIP-005
    Realising the sounds you hear in your mind. This module gives you the knowledge and skills required to realise musical ideas using MIDI sequencing techniques. You can create incredible music at the click of a button.
  • Music Theory: MIP-006
    This module provides you with a solid foundation of music theory. Master the language and science of music.
  • Music Culture: MIP-007
    Music has always brought people together – and now you can understand why. This module gives you the opportunity to learn and discuss the ways in which contemporary music affects, reflects and entertains society.
  • Studio Skills: MIP-008
    One studio recording can make or break an artist. Discover how. This module provides the opportunity to learn how to manage a studio recording session and communicate effectively with artists and musicians.
  • Live Sound: MIP-009
    Whenever and wherever you’re capturing music, learn how to do it well. This module provides you with multiple methodologies for capturing and engineering live sound.
  • Sound Creation and Synthesis: MIP-010
    This module teaches you how to use electronic hardware and software in live performance environments, as well as how to create a piece of music using a wide variety of software synthesisers and samplers.
  • Introduction to Band Skills: MIP-011
    There’s no I in band. This module shows you the techniques and methods that professional musicians use to create outstanding live performances. You will be able to identify, understand and discuss crucial elements of professional performance preparation and stagecraft.
  • Music Industry Overview: MIP-012
    The music industry is a wild and complex beast that you’ll never tame. And so knowing what keeps it happy and healthy is important. This module gives you a foundational understanding of the music industry and its key players, in turn giving you one of the best starts imaginable for a career as a music ...
  • Introduction to Marketing: MIP-013
    Help great music find an audience and stay ahead of the competition. Once you’ve got the product, this introduction to marketing helps you identify how to sell it to a consumer.
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property: MIP-014
    Own your art and help protect the art of others. This module explores how the music industry survives through the monetisation of Intellectual Property Rights. Learn how to get our industry’s talented creators the credit and financial remuneration they deserve.
  • Artist Relations: MIP-015
    Be the bridge between music and commerce. This module explores artist relations through understanding promotional cycles, release timelines and sales campaigns. Help manage the relationships between artists and companies. That’s how you make the money go round.
  • Tour Planning: MIP-016
    In an industry that is moving away from product in favour of selling experiences, this module provides you with foundational knowledge as to how you may deliver a series of live music productions, performances and concerts.
  • Online Presence: MIP-017
    Amps aren’t the only pieces of equipment that musicians can plug in to. This module introduces the ways in which you can harness various platforms, including social media. Stay ahead of the curve and make your audience work for you.
  • Introduction to Branding: MIP-018
    Stand up and be recognised. This module provides you with an overview of the principles of branding. You will be able to understand the representation of artists as brands in today’s market and start to think about how you yourself may like to be perceived.

Our Students | Sarah Martin, 19

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Professional Music Performance (Vocals)
BMus(Hons) Degree, 2015-16

ASPIRATIONS
» Touring as a Backing Vocalist
» Working as a Session Singer
» Freelance Vocal Coach

“ACM has shown me there is so much more to being a singer than just singing. I feel like I have already gained a huge insight into the industry and how to build a sustainable career efficiently and independently once I graduate.”

Destinations

  • Guitarist

    This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career as a Performer. Elective Modules in Keyboard Skills, Advanced Music Theory and Self-Employment make it particularly useful for this career destination.

    You will study towards a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice and join the Musician Route of the programme. Other Modules you will study include General Musicianship, Technical Studies, Band Skills, Songcraft, Music Information Technology, Improvisation & Professional Session Skills.

    The programme is delivered in an accelerated fashion over two years (or available as a three year option for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements) and is validated by Middlesex University.

    UCAS Codes

    UCAS Institution Code – A48
    Two Year Course – 56Y3
    Three year Course – 5G2R

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  • Bassist

    This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career as a Performer. Elective Modules in Keyboard Skills, Advanced Music Theory and Self-Employment make it particularly useful for this career destination.

    You will study towards a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice and join the Musician Route of the programme. Other Modules you will study include General Musicianship, Technical Studies, Band Skills, Songcraft, Music Information Technology, Improvisation & Professional Session Skills.

    The programme is delivered in an accelerated fashion over two years (or available as a three year option for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements) and is validated by Middlesex University.

    UCAS Codes

    UCAS Institution Code – A48
    Two Year Course – K32J
    Three Year Course – G32T

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  • Drummer

    This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career as a Performer. Elective Modules in Keyboard Skills, Advanced Music Theory and Self-Employment make it particularly useful for this career destination.

    You will study towards a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice and join the Musician Route of the programme. Other Modules you will study include General Musicianship, Technical Studies, Band Skills, Songcraft, Music Information Technology, Improvisation & Professional Session Skills.

    The programme is delivered in an accelerated fashion over two years (or available as a three year option for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements) and is validated by Middlesex University.

    UCAS Codes

    UCAS Institution Code – A48
    Two Year Course – 42H6
    Three Year Course – 952W

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  • Singer

    This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career as a Performer. Elective Modules in Keyboard Skills, Advanced Music Theory and Self-Employment make it particularly useful for this career destination.

    You will study towards a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice and join the Musician Route of the programme. Other Modules you will study include General Musicianship, Technical Studies, Band Skills, Songcraft, Music Information Technology, Improvisation & Professional Session Skills.

    The programme is delivered in an accelerated fashion over two years (or available as a three year option for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements) and is validated by Middlesex University.

    UCAS Codes

    UCAS Institution Code – A48
    Two Year Course – RT5Q
    Three year Course – J5W8

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  • Bassist

    This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career as a Performer. Elective Modules in Keyboard Skills, Advanced Music Theory and Self-Employment make it particularly useful for this career destination.

    You will study towards a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice and join the Musician Route of the programme. Other Modules you will study include General Musicianship, Technical Studies, Band Skills, Songcraft, Music Information Technology, Improvisation & Professional Session Skills.

    The programme is delivered in an accelerated fashion over two years (or available as a three year option for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements) and is validated by Middlesex University.

    UCAS Codes

    UCAS Institution Code – A48
    UCAS 2 Year Code – K32J
    UCAS 3 Year Code – G32T

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  • Keyboard Player

    This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career as a Performer. Elective Modules in Keyboard Skills, Advanced Music Theory and Self-Employment make it particularly useful for this career destination.

    You will study towards a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice and join the Musician Route of the programme. Other Modules you will study include General Musicianship, Technical Studies, Band Skills, Songcraft, Music Information Technology, Improvisation & Professional Session Skills.

    The programme is delivered in an accelerated fashion over two years (or available as a three year option for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements) and is validated by Middlesex University.

    UCAS Codes

    UCAS Institution Code – A48

    Course UCAS 2 Year Code UCAS 3 Year Code
    Music Performance (Bass) K32J G32T
    Music Performance (Drums) 42H6 952W
    Music Performance (Guitar) 56Y3 5G2R
    Music Performance (Vocals / Singing) RT5Q J5W8
    Music Performance (Keyboards / Piano) BGR4 58W2

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  • Music Teacher

    This bespoke study option has been created for those wishing to pursue a career in Music & Education. Elective Modules in Education, Training, Music Therapy and Self-Employment make it particularly useful for this career destination.

    You will study towards a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice and join the Musician Route of the programme. Other Modules you will study include General Musicianship, Technical Studies, Band Skills, Songcraft, Music Information Technology, Improvisation & Professional Session Skills.

    The programme is delivered in an accelerated fashion over two years (or available as a three year option for those who do not meet our standard entry requirements) and is validated by Middlesex University.

    UCAS Codes

    UCAS Institution Code – A48

    Discipline Two Year Course Three Year Course
    Music & Education (Bass) H6P8 A7S4
    Music & Education (Drums) WH15 W31N
    Music & Education (Guitar) WJ15 W351
    Music & Education (Vocals / Singing) W35D W35C
    Music & Education (Keyboards / Piano) W3D5 W3N1

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Course Details

AWARD
BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice

DURATION
Full Time Study (Accelerated Programme)
2 Year (6 x 15 week Terms)
3 Year including Foundation Year

FHEQ CREDITS
Degree 360

UCAS CODES
Institution A48

Entry Requirements

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

2 YEAR DEGREE

Minimum age 18

All candidates should hold at least two Cs at A-Level (or an equivalent Level 3 qualification), possessing a minimum of 64 UCAS points*.

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) will be called for. Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to have achieved IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent qualification.

We welcome applications from those who might have completed alternative quali cations, and/or have prior experience. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

* New UCAS 2017 tariff system.

FOUNDATION LEVEL 0

Minimum age 17

All candidates should hold at least 18 tariff points* with a minimum of 12 points from one 6-unit award.

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 ‘0’. Where the application materials appear insufficient to form a clear judgement on the candidate’s fluency, additional documentary evidence (e.g. recent essays) will be called for. Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to have achieved IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent qualification.

We welcome applications from those who might have completed alternative quali cations, and/or have prior experience. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

* New UCAS 2017 tariff system.

Details regarding the English Language requirements for Middlesex University programmes can be viewed here.

Awarding body
Middlesex University

CAMPUS DELIVERY
Guildford