Level 5

FD Popular Music Performance

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FD Popular Music Performance offers a broad and challenging education in music performance, creativity and entrepreneurship. You will be trained in live performance practice, develop your individual talent, study in the recording studio both as producer and session player, write and arrange music and participate in projects that gets your music to a wider audience.    You will develop research skills, apply theory to practice and embrace the working practices of the music industry as you embark on entrepreneurial projects that could lead to employment. The FD Popular Music Performance is tailored to provide you with opportunities to find your key creative strengths in the performance setting, in music business, research or education, and then develop your chosen specialism in order to progress into further study or employment. 


The FD Popular Music Performance offers opportunities for developing skills in solo and ensemble performance, writing and arrangement, studio recording, social networking and promotion as you create a portfolio of creative music projects throughout the programme.  You will also study and experience performance in a range of historical popular music styles, performance with multimedia technology, radio broadcasting and   collaborative studio projects with producers.  The FD Popular Music Performance offers training in all these areas, and you will be expected to develop as an individual practitioner to explore the requirements of the industry as you develop your specialist knowledge.



Level 4

·         Skills and Context (20 credits)

·         Live Band Studies (20 credits)

·         Creative Song writing (20 credits)

·         Research (20 credits)

·         Solo Performance Techniques (20 credits)

·         Studio Performance (20 credits)


Level 5

·         Journal and Seminar (20 credits)

·         Technology in Performance (20 credits)

·         Popular Music Arranging (20 credits)

·         Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

·         Creative Music Portfolio (20 credits)

·         Performance Practice (20 credits)



Fees: £7500

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Upon completion of this foundation degree students may wish to progress to the BA (Hons)Music (pathways) (Top-up) or pursue a career in any of the following areas: performer, arranger, producer, songwriter, teacher, A&R, promotion& booking, artist management, production manager, marketing executive, radio work, music therapy and copywriter.

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points, IELTS Score: 6.5


Course Info

Full Time Higher Education

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