The first step to becoming a musician is to think of yourself as one. Get trained up with a Music degree and who knows where you’ll end up!
From the outset, you will be treated as a professional musician at the start of your career. Our ethos is to provide an environment to develop creative, dynamic, able artists and musicians, who are versatile, resourceful and ready for a career in the contemporary and emerging music industries.
Taught by musicians, this course will allow you to develop your skills and musical ability across a range of musical styles, scenarios and genres. You can also take specialist dedicated courses in music education, sound and film composition.
We enjoy close professional links with international education societies like Dalcroze and national orchestras, such as the Orchestra of the Swan. You will also get the chance to work closely with established professional musicians, such as jazz pianist and De Wolfe Music production composer Andy Quin, classical guitarist Sam Cave, Audio Director on SkySaga Matt Black, soprano Juliana Janes Yaffé and visiting lecturer Tony Iommi, a founding member and guitarist of the pioneering and world famous heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
We seek to provide you with the opportunity to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, practical experience and a professional portfolio with which you can launch a career within the global field of music, related industries, teaching or postgraduate study.
Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to be a proactive musician performing in the choir, as well as chamber ensembles, bands and student-led music groups. We see this as a key part of the learning experience for any musician. We also focus on cultivating your professionalism in all aspects of music – in composition, musicology, pedagogy or performance.
Why choose this course?
Our course recognises that a musician’s career can evolve over time and involve being a professional performing musician, recording artist, session musician, composer, classroom or instrumental teacher – sometimes all at once.
Whether you are looking to compose music for film or games, develop your production skills or perform on stage, we aim to enable you to develop you as a rounded musician, capable of both composing and performing in a range of ‘real-world’ contexts. You can also develop a wide range of transferrable skills in management, entrepreneurial techniques, critical analysis, presentation, writing and enhanced musical expertise.
You’ll be taught how to manage, organise and technically realise music projects and be encouraged to enter the local music scene with multiple opportunities to perform in the region’s venues. Music student ensembles have taken part in the Godiva Festival, Coventry Jazz Festival, Coventry Peace and Reconciliation Festival and performed their final projects at central Coventry music venues, such as The Albany and Belgrade Theatres.
We enjoy local reputation for providing quality live music for all types of venues or genre-based musical events. We regularly hold concerts open to the public – the renowned Coventry University lunchtime concert series has featured internationally renowned musicians like finger-style guitarist Thomas Leeb, pianist Angela Brownridge and funk band Resolution 88.
You also have the chance to deepen your musical understanding within other cultures by taking up the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. Recent students have found studying in Cyprus, Finland, Spain and Canada to be a life changing experience.
Based in a converted Odeon cinema in the heart of the city centre campus, staff are themselves acclaimed musicians and composers; awards include the International Contemporary Music contest Cittàdi Udine and the BASCA Sonic Art Category. The team includes a high number of research active teaching staff with international profiles in performance, education, musicology, composition and music technology. You will be invited to attend the annual symposium of the INTIME the experimental music research group, which has featured keynote speakers, such as American electronic music hacker Professor Nic Collins and composer/pianist Michael Finnissy.
International experience opportunities
Music is both international and multicultural. Throughout the course this is recognised and cultivated through the study of a diverse range of musicians, the wide range of musical styles and cultures explored, as well as our internationally renowned teaching staff. We have also been fortunate enough to attract a number of guest speakers, including the New York ‘cello innovator’ (Time Out NY) Madeleine Shapiro and Martin Atkins of cult band, Public Image Ltd.
Internationalisation is a central feature of these courses: in recent years, students have studied abroad for a year in Cyprus, Spain, Finland and Canada. We also try to organise an annual overseas fieldtrip, such as a recent three-day music cultural trip to Vienna, where students took in concerts and the Mozart and Schoenberg museums. We have previously visited Prague and New York, which included seeing the Broadway show Chicago plus workshop with some of the cast, going to a Carnegie Hall to hear the Rite of Spring and to the Metropolitan Opera House to see Donizetti opera.
This course places your future employability at its core, equipping you with the academic, personal and professional skills and experience to enable you to enter the creative industries in a variety of roles on graduation. Throughout your studies, you’ll develop your own professional practice portfolio which you’ll use when looking for work.
Typical options may include: teaching; arts management; examiners; musical arranging; incidental music and concert-based music; performers as session musicians and tour artists; setting up bands and ensembles; developing careers as composers working in such areas as: film and dance, sound-libraries and the games industry.