Year 1: Understanding The Fundamentals
You have weekly one-to-one tuition in your main instrument or in singing (if you are a vocalist), and take improvisation or vocal workshops. You are encouraged to form, and perform in, small bands (rock, pop, creative, RnB, jazz, for instance).
There are also many public and internal performance opportunities, such as performing in pit bands for musical theatre or dance shows. You learn songwriting and composition, music production and programming. You receive aural, music scoring software, and Latin and African percussion training.
You are introduced to business and self-management concepts and learn about the theoretical context of developments in the production and consumption of music over the last 50 years.
Year 2: Skills Development And Application
You continue developing your instrumental skills at a more advanced level through the same range of classes and workshops.
You can specialise in either applied composition or songwriting, responding to real industry situations. Your knowledge of and skills in digital audio and production is expanded by using Pro-Tools and Logic.
There is the opportunity to develop your professional practice in your specialist area.
Year 3: Specialisation And Professional Application
You undertake two major student led projects from a choice of The Music Creator: Composer-Songwriter, The Music Producer or The Performer Musician.
You are expected to be working to a professional standard and will enjoy increased autonomy. You also complete a Final Research Paper on an aspect of music of particular relevance to your craft and career
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching methods include lectures, seminar groups, practical workshops, one-to-one tuition and band rehearsal. Assessment of practical work takes place in a range of rehearsal and performance settings and you are required to submit songs, compositions and productions for assessment throughout the programme. Learning in years one and two is largely tutor-led. You need to gradually assume a greater degree of responsibility in managing your learning, so by your last year, learning is largely industry focused, project-based and self-generated.