Try your hand at new techniques and ideas. and develop your own unique approach to music making. If you're inspired by new and diverse music, from jazz to pop to classical, and want to embrace a spirit of innovation, this is the course for you.

BA (Hons) Music is built around five guiding principles. The course is practice-based - you can choose to specialize in performance, composition, songwriting, production, sound art or musicology, or in a mixture of these disciplines. It's contemporary - we draw knowledge from the past, but focus on the musical world as it is today, both stylistically and in terms of the career opportunities. It's stylistically eclectic - we support students with a broad range of musical styles including popular, classical, jazz, folk and electronica. It's experimental - we help you to establish a creative and innovative approach to music making, to form new and interesting collaborations with other artists, and to develop your own musical voice. Finally, it's skills focused - we help you develop a broad range of musicianship skills, particularly theory and notation, to ensure you are ready for a range of careers in the music industry.


  • One-to-one and small group instrumental lessons, or
  • Composition or studio production lessons
  • Play regularly in ensembles, including vocal group, a laptop orchestra, and Taiko drumming
  • Regular guest speakers and artists, such as Graham Fitkin (Composer), Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) and Darcus Beese (Island Records)
  • Take advantage of Falmouth's annual jazz summer school, held in collaboration with Yamaha

How the course is taught

We put creativity and artistic exploration at the heart of what we do, creating a supportive environment for you to research new ideas, cross stylistic borders and work collaboratively with a wide range of people.

You'll be in lectures and seminars studying a wide range of ideas and techniques. We'll also support you through tutorials as you work out how to apply that learning to your own music making.

What you'll do

Year one
In your first year, you'll consolidate and challenge the fundamentals of music-making, across performance, critical listening, composition, recording, theory, and notation.
  • Composition studies: the elements of music
  • Performance studies: self and sound
  • Music in culture and critical theory
  • Contemporary techniques
  • Professional practice
  • Independent project
  • Ensembles and lunchtime Concerts

Year two

In year two, you'll choose from specialist modules such as Film Music, Music Education, Studio Composition or the Music Business. In other m, we look at cutting-edge trends in today's music scene and think about career opportunities available to you.

  • Music at the cutting edge
  • Applied music
  • Options projects
  • Proposals for practice
  • Independent project
  • Ensembles and lunchtime concerts

The second year will also be the point in the degree where you can choose to study abroad with one of our partner institutions through the Study Abroad and Erasmus Exchange programmes.

Year three

Your third year begins with an off-campus project, designed to place your music in a professional context. Recent projects have included community music-making in Kenya, researching American Folk music in New York, and working as a film composer in Sri Lanka.

Other possibilities include placements in the UK in schools, orchestras or record labels. When you're back, you'll work on self­ devised projects, such as writing an album, putting on a major performance, or composing a score.

  • Practice in context
  • Dissertation
  • Professional practice project


The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts' incredible facilities include:

  • High-spec studios for acoustic and amplified music
  • Recording studios and practice rooms for bands and solos
  • Some of the best studio hardware, software, and collection of microphones in any UK higher education institution


Our core staff team comprises performers. composers, producers, sound artists, and musicologists, working across a wide range of musical styles. You will also have access to our large team of associate staff, including leading instrumental tutors, composers and songwriters, industry contacts and our team of technical support staff.


Assessment is a combination of practice exams and coursework.


Our graduates are freelance musicians, composers, business owners, teachers and community music leaders. They have worked with Elvis Costello, Madonna, Mark Ronson, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, amongst many others. Typical careers include:

  • Freelance performer, composer, producer or writer
  • Work as a session musician or ensemble work
  • Extended involvement with arts organizations or community music leader
  • Career in music journalism
  • Teaching or running workshops

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
3 years
9,250 GBP
£9250 - full-time UK/EU -- £15000 full-time international
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