Are you interested in a career as a music performer, songwriter or producer? Would you like to be involved in artist development? Suitable for both schooled and self-taught musicians, Solent University’s BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production programme combines creativity and technical learning with in-depth study of the music industries.
Solent’s popular music performance and production programme offers a broad range of skills in music and production carefully balanced with academic skills involving research and critical thinking. Students will gain experience both specific to the music industry and relevant to other careers.
The course features extensive study of the music industry including copyright, contract law and career pathways. Students are also expected to develop transferable skills in research, IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking, communication and project management.
Student learning is aided by free access to our industry standard facilities. These include nine recording studios (networked with Protools HD and Logic Pro), a range of mixing workstations equipped with Avid control surfaces, and a Production Lab with 24 Apple workstations (with Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Sibelius). You’ll also have access to large rehearsal rooms fully equipped with backline and PAs.
The curriculum is delivered by an experienced course team, many of whom are active industry experts with professional experience in performance, studio and live sound, electronic sound design and the business and culture of music production. Staff frequently engage with on-going research in music composition, performance and production. The team’s industry links also enable a handpicked selection of students to record at the world renowned Abbey Road Studios.
What does this course lead to?
Previous graduates have progressed to roles at Bang Post-Production, Sony Music, Metropolis Studios, EMI Music Licensing and Stage Miracles. Many are professional performers and teachers.
Who is this course for?
Solent’s popular music performance and production course is suitable for both schooled and self-taught musicians. Applicants should be interested by both performance and technical production, as well as music history and academic theory.
Applicants should aspire to careers as session musicians, producers, artists, songwriters, music journalists or promoters.