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Popular Music Performance and Songwriting (with Placement Year)
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Popular Music Performance and Songwriting (with Placement Year)

Coventry University
Coventry, Great Britain
On campus
 1112 Points
4 Years

Program Description

The first step to becoming a popular musician is to think of yourself as one. Get trained up with our Popular Music Performance and Songwriting BA (Hons) and who knows where you’ll end up!

This is a practice-based, ‘outward-facing’ course that seeks to prepare you to be a versatile, flexible, and adaptable operator within the twenty-first-century music industry and is designed to prepare you to be a creative musical artist and skilled popular music professional.

We are looking to produce critically astute musicians who are confident performers and songwriters, working with today’s technologies to make, reproduce, and disseminate music, and who understand the potential income streams available to them in the profession.

Entry Requirements

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Year 1

Taking Notes, Making Music

The Digital Musician

Music in the Marketplace

Performance and Song Writing

Popular Music: Context and Culture

Studio Recording

Year 2

Band Performance

Writing about Popular Music

Studio Project

Applied Performance and Song Writing

Music and the Moving Image or Live Sound

The Online Artist

Placement Year

Professional Placement

Year 4

The Music Industry

Popular Music Research Project

Working Briefs

Music Collaboration

Advanced Performance and Song Writing


Typical options may include: the portfolio music artist utilising a range of music performance and creative skills both in-person and online:

  • YouTube/live-streamer songwriter
  • performer as session musician and tour artist
  • teaching
  • arts management
  • music examining
  • musical arranging
  • incidental music
  • concert-based music
  • setting up bands
  • ensembles
  • developing careers as songwriters/composers

working in such areas as:

  • film
  • dance
  • sound-libraries
  • the games industry
  • postgraduate study

Our graduates pursue careers as:

  • performers
  • sound designers
  • composers

This degree also enables direct progression to suitable courses while others undertake the appropriate qualifications to become teachers in schools and colleges, or they become freelance instrumental or music theory teachers. Graduates also work with community arts organisations or as arts administrators.


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