601–800 th
World University Rankings 2020
201–250 th
Young University Rankings 2019
51-75 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB, United Kingdom

Popular Music Performance and Songwriting - Coventry University

A key aim of our course is to ensure that there is a strong ‘creative practice’ strand of performance and songwriting throughout all three years that relates closely to working in the music industry and this is supported by small group instrumental or vocal lessons as outlined through the ‘Personal Instrumental Learning Plan’. Musicianship skills underpin the practice; music theory for popular music is a significant component of the course at every level; and the course includes modules specifically aimed at building the entrepreneurial skill base and business awareness necessary to operate in the music industry. Critical reflection on your own professional development is included on each level of the practice-based modules, and this subsequently feeds into the development of your own personal web profile. Additionally, you will: * have specialist instrumental/voice classes; * create your own personal website during your first semester, thus beginning to build your online artist profile, and which you will populate and curate over the duration of the course. * engage in experiential learning on UK fieldtrips, which may include professional rehearsals and performances, recording studio tours, and visits to music production facilities; * engage in online partnerships/projects with music students at other (international) universities; and * have the option to participate in international field trips (such as the U.S., Germany, Brazil, South Africa). Travel costs for mandatory fieldtrips are covered by the University’s flying-start scheme. The cost of optional international fieldtrips are borne by the student. All fieldtrips are subject to availability, application and visa requirements. 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. 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, Ego Arts Venue, the Tin Music and Arts, and Belgrade Theatre. 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, jazz pianist Andy Quin, 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 Città di 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.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Full-time
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
    2020-09-01
  • Location
    Main Site,CoventryUnited Kingdom