BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance

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.

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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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Professional Music Performance Modules

In the first year of the programme, students will study the following modules:

  • Technical Development Studies: ACM-C220
    Through the Technical Studies module, students will develop the skills, methodologies and vocabulary that are fundamental to creative expression and proficient musical performance. These will be applied to practical scenarios throughout the course.
  • Improvisation in Performance: ACM-C400
    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.
  • Artist Case Studies: ACM-C260
    In Artist Case Studies you will study the techniques, methodologies and repertoire of a number of iconic artists. The concepts examined in this module should be considered within a broader musical context throughout the course, the intended outcome of which is the development of an individual approach to your specialist area. In addition to learning a representative proportion of an artist’s repertoire, you will be required to present a critical analysis that demonstrates a contextual understanding of the historical, social and cultural factors that shaped that artist’s sound and style. Your choice of artist and repertoire must be approved by your module leader or lecturer. You will be expected to apply a strategic approach to the practice and research elements of Artist Case Studies and demonstrate effective time management. The module predominantly comprises self-directed study; lectures will be supported by tutorials and group sessions.
  • The UK Music Business: ACM-C030A (Performance)
    The UK Music Business 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.

In the second year of the programme, students will study the following modules:

  • Advanced Technical Studies: ACM-C420
    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.
  • Advanced Improvisation in Performance: ACM-C440
    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 Evaluation: ACM-C460
    Building on the work undertaken at Level 1 (Study Block 2), Artist Evaluation further 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 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.
  • Composition and Technology: ACM-C480
    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.

In the third year of the programme, students will study the following modules:

  • Developing Your Own Style: ACM-C620
    Developing Your Own Style provides you with the opportunity to amalgamate the concepts you have studied throughout the course and utilise them in the pursuit and development of an individual sound and style. It is essential that you apply a critical approach to the development of your voice and that you can explain and demonstrate a unique angle to your area of specialism. In addition to building a repertoire that embodies your individual style, you will be required to present critical analysis of your work, in which you discuss your developmental journey, current practice techniques and aspirational goals. 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.
  • Musicianship in Context: ACM-C640
    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 genres. These concepts will help prepare you for the Solo Performance module in Study Block 2. You will be encouraged to synthesise self-developed learning methods with the enhancement of technical skills, and apply this in a wider musical context.
  • Solo Performance: ACM-C660
    The heart of Solo Performance is the demonstration of your performance skills and knowledge of your instrument within a performance setting. To achieve this, you will assume responsibility for both the musical and administrative elements of your performance, including the selection of repertoire, additional musicians and choice of venue. Your repertoire requires careful consideration and should showcase the skills, techniques and improvisational concepts studied over the course of the module while embodying your own style. Additionally, you must submit a reflective account documenting the organisation of the performance, the rationale behind your chosen repertoire and a post mortem analysis of the performance itself. This is an essential element of the module assessment. You will be expected to develop a strategic approach to your practice and research and to manage your time effectively. The module is predominantly made up of self-directed study. Lectures will be supported with tutorials and group sessions.
  • Exit Project: ACM-C070
    The Exit Project 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 to the monetisation of your skills through entrepreneurial practice and artistic excellence. Additionally, your portfolio will comprise additional elements for the facilitation of your career, including: Personal website (supporting your professional work) Various forms of social media (as above) You should utilise a research-based approach to identify career and/or artist opportunities within your specialist field and clearly demonstrate this through referenced sources. You will be expected to support your findings by studying of the work of recognised leaders in this field. The report should examine current working practices used by self-employed music professionals, including entrepreneurial endeavours, marketing, self-promotions and managing multiple income streams. You will be required to present a persuasive argument to demonstrate that your goals are realistic and achievable, backed up by credible data and analysis. Where possible, the additional components of your portfolio should align with your report on career opportunities. You will be expected to develop a strategic approach to creating ...

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Course Details

AWARD
BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance

DURATION
Full Time Study – 3 Years

FHEQ CREDITS
Degree 360

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.

2 YEAR DEGREE

Minimum age 18

All candidates should hold two A-Levels or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification.

We normally require Grade C GCSE (or an equivalent quali cation) 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.

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

* New UCAS 2017 tariff system.

Awarding body
Falmouth University

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

CAMPUS DELIVERY
London