BMus (Hons) Contemporary Music Performance & Production with Foundation Year

General

Program Description

The BMus Contemporary Performance & Production with Foundation Year course aimed at students whose musical skills need improving to gain UG entry. Study at this level is designed to give students a structured musical education, for example, if you have not studied music formally at Level 3 or had prior access to private music lessons.

The course is built so students will learn and achieve sufficient musical, industry and study skills. It concentrates on ensuring students develop a foundation level of technique on their chosen principal instrument. The course also provides an introduction to music theory and core performance, rehearsal and study skills.

We believe this course will allow students to be fully prepared for our BMUS UG courses,  as they will ensure you achieve the full set of knowledge and practical skills required to study at Level 4. 

What you will learn?

  • An understanding of rudimentary music theory
  • Development of natural musicianship
  • Essential instrumental and performance skills
  • The ability to collaborate
  • Key Academic Study Skills
  • An understanding of core Industry skill

Course Requirements

UCAS Tariff

  • Entry criteria and requirements: 4 Year
  • A minimum of 52 UCAS points gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications in any subject (e.g. A-Level, BTEC Diploma)

English language requirements:

  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).
  • Or relevant experience in Music.

Personal statement

The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us about your aims in music and why it interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show a genuine interest in music, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Learning an instrument either taught or self-taught
  • Extra-curricular music activities at school, college or in the community
  • Performing music as a soloist, a band member or forming a band
  • Writing or producing music

Audition Information

In addition to your application entry onto the programme will be determined by your audition and interview. All applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements and whose application demonstrates the capability to complete this programme will be offered an audition.

You will be asked questions on music theory, notation and asked to identify intervals and chord qualities by ear. The purpose of this process is for us to be able to assess what you already know and how quickly we think you can learn.

Guitarists, pianists, bassists and singers

Please prepare two songs of your own choice, typically to be performed without a backing track. The songs must be in contrasting styles to show the breadth of your ability. One tune can be an original but not both. You will also be required to demonstrate a range of technical skills relevant to your instrument such as scales, arpeggios, chord voicings and sight-reading.

Drummers

You will be asked to play a range of common grooves, styles and feels such as rock, funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, straight, swing and shuffle. You will be required to count, playtime and perform different fills. Finally, you will be asked to show what you like to play and the time for your chops!

Saxes, flute and brass

Please prepare two songs of your own choice with a backing track. The songs must be in contrasting styles to show the breadth of your ability. One tune can be an original but not both. You are welcome to bring an accompanist for the performance backing track. You will also be required to demonstrate a range of technical skills relevant to your instrument such as scales, arpeggios and sight-reading.

Producers, Songwriters and Media Composers

You will be asked to bring two songs you have written or produced. Songwriters will be asked about lyrics, harmony and form; producers and media composers will be asked about the hardware, software and instruments you used in the production of your work. You may be asked to perform one of your songs if you play an instrument. There will also be an assessment of your music-theoretical knowledge.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

LCCM is a specialist higher education college for creative people. We are the only independent college in the UK offering degrees in music, words, along with a postgraduate degree in creative entrepr ... Read More

LCCM is a specialist higher education college for creative people. We are the only independent college in the UK offering degrees in music, words, along with a postgraduate degree in creative entrepreneurship. Read less