BMus Honours in Commercial Music Performance

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

Program Description

BMus Honours in Commercial Music Performance

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

Our aim is to develop you as an individual to become an innovative music creative, and challenge you to develop a style relevant to the contemporary music industry. Developing your own musical identity is the first order of business and we are looking for students who are not only strong performers but who are also curious and not afraid of the challenges that lie ahead in the ever changing music industry and employment landscape. This is a transforming process that requires attention to a number of key areas of understanding, knowledge, communication, making and doing.

Our degree is written by practitioners for practitioners encompassing a view of the music world that is varied, open and focused. Not only are students encouraged to develop a specialism but we also expect students to understand, as many artists have also learned, that their future lies in variation, adaptation and hybridisation. This course will help you to make this leap and to understand that the music market thrives on fresh input, new ideas, twists on familiar themes and the integration and exploration of new approaches and hybrids. The energy ushered in by new styles, new modes of working, mixed with traditional and new ways of disseminating material is a tangible force.

Our recent graduates have releases either as the artist or as a collaborator for labels such as Sony, Universal, Island, Mercury, Hospital, Viper, RAM; on the playlists for BBC Radio 1 as well as playing at festivals such as Reading & Leeds, T in the Park, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City. Graduates from both music courses are regularly featured on BBC Sound of lists and Mercury Prize lists.

Course content

Our degree is focused on performance in three primary domains:

  • The development of artistic identity
  • The creation of content as an expressive vehicle
  • The cultivation of networks to aid discovery including traditional mediums such as Radio to online activities

We use a range of teaching and tutoring methods. Taking advantage of exceptionally well resourced and equipped facilities, this course will equip you with the skills you need to succeed. We support a wide range of music practitioners working in a variety of domains including performer, songwriter, composer, musicologist, music journalist, DJ, technologist or educator or any combination suitable for a portfolio based career. This course will equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development in the world of making, doing and being.

The course supports the development of your instrumental skills in both workshop and individual settings, and the development of group performance skills coupled with individual and collaborative composition and songwriting. Underpinning the degree is a considered and thought-provoking contemporary programme of contextual studies combining musicology, music business and music education. Assessment and teaching take place across both practical and theoretical areas of the course with an emphasis on work being assessed at points for a number of related modules.

Our strong music industry links allow us to provide guest lectures from leading practitioners, and maximise opportunities for you to begin your career in music prior to graduation.

As part of an arts-dedicated campus, you will have unique opportunities to collaborate with students from other academic disciplines including film, TV, radio, fashion and media, and to network with other Music Department courses while developing a strong portfolio of work and experiences to launch a career in music or continue on to postgraduate study.

Our music courses are based at our state-of-the-art Harrow Campus, one of the main media education campuses in Europe, where facilities include 13 professional recording studios, 21 rehearsal studios, a new teaching recording studio, a purpose-built venue with video and streaming capacity, and satellite public performance spaces, 2 dedicated music labs, an Emerging Media Space and an array of television, post-production, radio, film, video and multimedia facilities and opportunities for the engaged student. We also offer 'Triple A' training and certification for Avid, Apple and Adobe products for our students.

Subjects of study

The course sets high standards for professional achievement and practice, preparing you for the challenge of the fast-moving and demanding music sector. By doing this we aim to nurture your ability to adapt to creative opportunities that emerge in new music and/or media forms, or in response to new creative partnerships, and develop your capacity to participate in contemporary musical, business and cultural debates. Throughout the course students are expected to develop their awareness of the political, ethical and aesthetic implications of their work and the industry in general.

Teaching methods include masterclasses, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, and instrumental and vocal workshops; the wide range of assessment methods includes oral presentations, reports, essays, group projects, and presentations of creative work.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • Artist Development for Commercial Music Performance
  • Commercial Music Performance – Contemporary Practice
  • Commercial Music Performance – Instrumental Musicianship
  • Commercial Music Performance Portfolio
  • Individual and Professional Development
  • Music in Context

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Commercial Music Performance – Instrumental Musicianship
  • Commercial Music Performance – Producing Performance
  • Commercial Music Performance Portfolio
  • Individual and Professional Development
  • The Creative Industries and You
  • Music Marketing & Artist Development

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Commercial Music Performance – Final Major Project
  • Commercial Music Performance – Instrumental Musicianship
  • Dissertation or Research Paper and Extended Essay
  • Individual and Professional Development

Westminster electives

As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
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