Looking to start a career as a session musician, songwriter or performing artist? Hoping to upgrade your existing qualifications and secure a full honours degree? Solent University’s popular music performance top-up programme will help you build on what you learnt at HND level (or equivalent), providing you with access to Solent University’s extensive professional facilities and experienced teaching teams.
This exciting top-up programme combines practical performance skills with in-depth study of music, enabling students to convert existing HND level qualifications into a full honours degree.
Emphasising the core rock and pop instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards, the course underpins an in-depth understanding of performance skills with an academic study of popular music.
You’ll learn, write and perform material (including your own compositions) in a wide range of styles, often as part of a band. These recordings can form the basis of professional portfolios.
Outside of the seminars and workshops, students are encouraged to engage with Southampton’s music scene. By promoting or performing their own shows, students can cultivate their talent and expand their understanding of arrangements, composition, and stagemanship as they relate to real performance.
Do you want to hone your composition, song writing and performance skills? With close industry links, an eclectic mix of experienced teaching staff and ample opportunities to build a body of work in our studios, this year-long programme is the perfect way to upgrade your existing qualifications and get your career in performance off to a great start.
What does this course lead to?
Music graduates are well placed to enter employment in music and many other areas. Potential careers include work as a solo artist or session player, or in bands, arts management or tour support.
Who is this course for?
This top-up course is the ideal way for students with a relevant qualification at HND level (or equivalent) to upgrade their qualification and earn a full honours degree in just one year.
Applicants should aspire to careers in the performance and production of music, as well as teaching and possible postgraduate study.