BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance (Full Time)

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Develop your passion for music on the BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree. This course combines practical learning with academic study of the history and context of popular music.

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Key elements include:

  • Learning about, performing and analysing a wide range of musical styles
  • Assessments include solo and band performances, often at local venues with public audiences
  • Emphasis on core rock and pop instruments – guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards
  • Tuition for schooled and self-taught musicians
  • Teaching and practice in our well-equipped rehearsal rooms and studios
  • Performance focus underpinned by academic study and vocational experience
  • Tutorials with specialists in your…

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Develop your passion for music on the BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree. This course combines practical learning with academic study of the history and context of popular music.

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Key elements include:

  • Learning about, performing and analysing a wide range of musical styles
  • Assessments include solo and band performances, often at local venues with public audiences
  • Emphasis on core rock and pop instruments – guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards
  • Tuition for schooled and self-taught musicians
  • Teaching and practice in our well-equipped rehearsal rooms and studios
  • Performance focus underpinned by academic study and vocational experience
  • Tutorials with specialists in your preferred field of study
  • Guest speaker programme featuring experienced music industry experts
  • Expert staff team readily available to offer advice, support and guidance
  • Optional Avid Pro Tools accredited courses available at low cost.

The dedication and enthusiasm of staff on this course has been repeatedly mentioned in surveys. Our expert tutors are passionate about pop music performance and make continuous improvements to ensure the course is as effective as possible.

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Industrial focus

All students are encouraged to be active as performers and/or composers during their studies. You also have the opportunity to compete or audition to play at Glastonbury and to record at Abbey Road Studios.

Our core aim is to help you prepare for work in performance, teaching or other music-related industries – including offering support for starting as a freelancer - as well as enabling you to continue your studies.

Course content

Year 1

Four core units:

  • Music Performance 1
  • Music in Practice (music theory and analysis)
  • Understanding the Music Industries
  • Popular Music: Styles and Genres.

Year 2

Five core units and one option unit:

  • Music Performance 1 and 2
  • Arranging Popular Music
  • Composing Music
  • Histories of Popular Music.

Options:

  • Global Pop
  • Pop, Politics and Protest
  • Pop – The Invisible Mainstream
  • Noise Annoys
  • Subcultures and Scenes
  • Curriculum Plus.

Year 3

Three core units and one option unit:

  • Collaborative Music Project
  • Individual Music Project
  • Working in the Music Industry.

Options:

  • Festival Cultures
  • Music Audiences and Consumption
  • Technologies of Popular Music
  • The Global Music Industry
  • Popular Music and the Moving Image
  • Hello Twentieth Century
  • Curriculum Plus.

Why choose Solent?

Network with hundreds of students on the Popular Music programme, take advantage of Solent’s impressive facilities and learn from experienced performers and academic practitioners.

  • Nine recording studios, four large rehearsal rooms and a 200-seat performance space.

Assessment

Your skills and knowledge will be tested through public performances, studio sessions, instrumental assessments, graphic analyses, project work, essays and seminar presentations.

Projects/work experience

Musicians are encouraged to collaborate on extracurricular projects with students on the other Popular Music programme courses – for example, in setting up education projects and concerts, putting on gigs, playing at club nights and performing at festivals (including Glastonbury and Blissfields).

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Key career skills

IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking, project management.

Graduate quote

Mark Hanson

“The course itself offers a variety of topics to discuss and study. I have made many fascinating and interesting discoveries about some of the most well-known songs and influential artists of all time. The lecturers are fun and informative, and also very helpful when it comes to assignments, offering tutorials to any struggling students, and they are always up for a laugh.

“My first band was a rock band back at school, where I showcased both my singing and bass-playing abilities, and performing with the band also opened me up to a whole new world of popular music, a platform for my studies here at Solent.

“Thanks to this uni experience, I have formed a new band and, with the great facilities the University has to offer, have recorded demos and played gigs across Southampton. Seeing as ‘the dream’ for me is to become famous in the music industry, the facilities that Solent offers are helping me slowly but surely to achieve this!”

Jo Burchell

“I looked into universities that offered degrees in music. Solent really stood out, offering a unique and very practical course. I was impressed with the staff and in particular the vocal teacher who had a massive amount of experience, so I thought they would make a great mentor.

“The course is ideal as it combines music performance with everything you need to learn to work in the industry. We also had fantastic guest speakers such as Craig David, Justin Hawkins and industry moguls to help and advise us.

“Since graduation, among session and live music work, I have secured employment within a prestigious music company which aims to discover unsigned music talent.”
Jo has also continued performing in a wide range of music genres including R&B, Soul, Jazz and Pop Fusion, and has recently released her first EP.

Industry quote

Justin Hawkins, The Darkness

“The practice rooms at Solent University are great – the most important thing for young people interested in music is for them to have some place to play.”

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