BA (Hons) in Professional Music Performance

General

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Program Description

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 (Bass, Drums, GuitarorVocals) 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 / Birmingham Degrees are validated and awarded by Falmouth University, the UK’s ‘highest ranked arts university’ (Guardian University Guide 2017).

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.

  • Improvisation in Performance
  • Composition and Technology
  • Chart Reading
  • Music Industry Studies
  • Technical Studies
  • Band Skills

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.

  • Advanced Band Skills
  • Advanced Improvisation in Performance
  • Artist Case Study and Evaluation
  • Advanced Technical Studies

Elective Modules:

  • Education and Training
  • Music Journalism
  • Advanced Music Theory and Analysis
  • Audio Design for Video Games
  • Recorded Music Production
  • Composition of Audio-Visual Media
  • Tour Management
  • Freelance and Musical Direction Skills
  • Experimental Sound and Music
  • IP Rights and Publishing

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.

  • Exit Project
  • Musicianship in Context
  • Portfolio
  • Dissertation

Entry Requirements

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

LONDON | 3 YEAR DEGREE
BIRMINGHAM | 2 YEAR ACCELERATED DEGREE

Minimum age18

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

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 judgment 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.

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.

Last updated March 2018

About the School

ACM understands how the music industry works today and has created an immersive and comprehensive learning environment, which connects directly with the industry. Our learning by doing ethos helps sim ... Read More

ACM understands how the music industry works today and has created an immersive and comprehensive learning environment, which connects directly with the industry. Our learning by doing ethos helps simplify how the industry works and produces a clear view of career paths and options. This clear and practical approach accelerates learning. Read less
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