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Popular Music Performance BMus (Hons)

Newcastle College University Centre

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This course will focus and enhance your creative and career aspirations, whether that is as a live or studio performer, session musician, educator, composer or songwriter, or indeed any combination of these as part of a portfolio career. The course will put you in the centre of a vibrant creative hub within the Performance Academy, giving you the opportunity to work alongside and in collaboration with music producers and sound engineers, media and film producers and other performing and visual artists. So whether you want to record the next hit single or album, score for TV or film, or see yourself as a pit-band musician, there is scope to do this with the varied modules tailored to your industry aspirations. This degree has been developed to provide exposure to as wide a scope of industry relevant skills, situations and employers as possible. There will be numerous opportunities for you to gain work experience within the industry. Our record label Push Puzzle Records is run by students for students and gives you the chance to be signed as one of their artists and release your music digitally on a worldwide platform. There are also other roles available on the label, from sound engineering and production work to creative roles in graphic design, marketing, and videography. Key partnerships with organisations will enable you to gain valuable experience within your chosen field. As with all areas of the creative and digital industries, self-employment is an option and so entrepreneurial skills, where appropriate, are encouraged and developed. Opportunities for placements within the industry are available through working with our Creative Agency and with Push Puzzle. After successful completion of the course you may study an appropriate Masters Degree, PGCE qualification or seek employment. Previous students have progressed into the commercial music industry as recording artists. Other career opportunities exist as a composer, arranger, musical director, session musician, music teacher, lecturer or music journalist.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

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University information

Newcastle College University Centre

  • Campus address

    Newcastle College, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7SA, England

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