Foundation Degree

Music Performance

The Foundation Degree in Music Performance, aimed at singer-songwriters, vocalists, guitarists, drummers, keyboard and bass players, has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the music industry.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This Foundation Degree is ideal if you wish to progress your studies from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Music and/or ‘A’ level studies in a performing arts or related subject. Application is via UCAS course code (W310). All applicants will have an interview and audition on their instrument at the Academy of Music and Sound prior to acceptance.

The course will suit experienced musicians who want to refine their instrumental technique to professional standard, gaining business knowledge and contacts, to manage their career in the music industry. You should be a confident, skilled performer able to read notation, improvise competently and adapt to a range of musical genres.

Prior experience of playing/singing in front of an audience is essential. Mature applicants with relevant work experience in a related industry are most welcome to apply. We will consider all applicants on individual merit, but we assess your musical experience by way of audition.

ENTRY

Application to our Foundation Degree Courses can be made through UCAS. Please visit www.UCAS.com to make your application. You should apply for your chosen course through the University of Wolverhampton institution code (W75) and the relevant campus code for the centre of your choice:
Birmingham W310 1
Edinburgh: W310 0
Exeter W310 V
Glasgow: W310 O
North East (Gateshead) W310 9
Southampton W310 2
Swindon W310 7

If you need any support with your application, please contact your chosen centre.
Minimum entry requirement: PPP at BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (or equivalent)

WHAT DO I COME OUT WITH AT THE END?

You will have a formal qualification: FD (Art) Music Performance, validated by the University of Wolverhampton.

HOW LONG IS IT FOR?

It is a full-time 4-semester course studied over 2 years.

FEES

£5,995 per annum payable via student loan.

WHERE IS THIS COURSE AVAILABLE?

ExeterSouthamptonSwindonNorth East (Gateshead)BirminghamGlasgowEdinburgh
£5,995 per annum payable via student loan

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Following successful completion, you will progress onto the BA (Hons) in Performance Industry.
It will help you on your way to a career as a musical performer, music teacher, songwriter, producer, music journalist, band manager, sound engineer and session musician.

Foundation Degree in Music Performance

Throughout the course, you will explore a range of subjects that will equip you with the skills that are vital for success in the exciting industry of music.

GENRE STUDIES, CHART PREP AND LIVE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
These classes are designed to give you practical experience of playing different musical genres. In a weekly live performance workshop, as part of a live band, you will play classic popular songs from genres from the 1950s to the present day, performing a broad range of material by artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Jimi Hendrix, Al Green, The Who, Bob Marley, Rainbow, Deep Purple, The Eagles, Thin Lizzy, Carrie Underwood, Queen, Steely Dan, Foreigner, Nerina Pallot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, The Killers, Cake and Paramore etc.

STYLE ANALYSIS
You will learn, in detail, about different genres of music in order to inform your musical decisions. There are many vital lessons to be learned from the past as well as the present.

CREATIVE MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
To make sure that you understand the technical and artistic parameters of the studio, you will receive practical training on industry music software – including Logic Pro X – in classes that will give you the ability to create music of different genres.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP
To succeed in the music business, you need to be an entrepreneur. During your studies, you will learn how to network with music businesses and write a business plan for your future career.

PROFESSIONAL WORK PROJECT
You will work as a member of a team to both organise and participate in a performance at a live venue to a targeted audience.

PERFORMANCE SKILLS
This is one of many performance lessons that you will study on the course. Performance Skills help you to develop the skills appropriate to working in a professional context by requiring you to work towards four contrasting performances.

PERFORMANCE REPERTOIRE
Under the guidance of your tutor, you will embark on a self-directed programme of research and development on your instrument in order to explore unfamiliar performance genres, concepts, repertoires and practices.

TEACHING MUSIC
Finally, you will learn how to teach music. You will leave the course with considerable teaching experience, your own lesson materials, as well as a possible teaching qualification. These things will form an invaluable aspect to your overall employability upon graduation from the course.

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