BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production
Arts and Digital Industries
Room for creativity
We’ll help you experiment and create so you can find your own voice and follow your vision as a music maker.
You’ll learn inside and outside the University of East London, combining work at our superbly equipped studios with organised performances at arts venues in east London’s thriving cultural community.
Kick-start to your career
You’ll gain the skills you need to enter a wide range of music-related careers, from songwriting and performance to experimental composition, production and teaching.
New UCAS Points
What you'll learn
To us, music is a broad church. It could mean the creation of a top-40 pop song, an experimental sound installation at Tate Modern or a viral track online. So we’ll offer you a broad spectrum of studies, too.
In your first year, you’ll learn basic skills in areas such as musical arrangements and solo and group performance. You’ll become more professional about your music.
In your second year, you‘ll pursue your own identity as a songwriter or performer. You’ll also think more about how you’re going to produce your music.
Over the three years, your theoretical studies will include music history, investigations into how technology affects the composition and consumption of music and explorations into how sound connects with the body.
By the third year, you’ll bring all your knowledge together to fashion a professional portfolio in your chosen field ready to present to the music world.
What you'll study and when
Performance Skills 1: Collaboration and Improvisation (core)
Music Skills 1: Arranging for Musicians (core)
Contextual Studies 1: History of Music Genre, 20th-21st Century (core)
Performing Skills 2: Live Performance (core)
Music Skills 2: The Songwriter’s Identity (core)
Contextual Studies 2: Music Technology, Industry and Writing (core)
Contextual Studies 3: Music, Sound and the Body (core)
Professional Practice: Employability and the Music Professional (core)
Final Project (core)
How you'll be assessed
To fit the particular nature of this course, all assessment is carried out through coursework. There are no exams.
Students with disabilities and/or particular learning needs should discuss assessments with the Course Leader to ensure they are able to fully engage with all assessment within the course.
How you'll learn
Your teachers are industry practitioners who value creativity above all else. So they’ll help your ideas flourish by nurturing the development of your musical understanding, production skills and reflective practice.
The Music Performance and Production course team comprises performers, songwriters, composers and producers with vast and varied experience on the international stage.
They’ll help you gain the self-management skills that will be key to building your career.
They’ll oversee your studio work as you collaborate closely with your colleagues on the Music Technology course. Our new, £33 million University Square Stratford building will be your creative playground, with its £750,000 of specialist equipment housed in purpose-built recording studios, post-production suites and rehearsal and performance areas.
Your tutors and lecturers will encourage you to be daring. You’ll spread your wings with performances at Stratford Circus and other lively east London venues in Shoreditch and Brick Lane.
Course Leader Steve Betts says, “These events are crucial because they help you understand how networking can be the driving force behind a music career.”
Your future career
Our course is designed to turn our students into highly employable modern music professionals. The pathways that lead from our course into the industry are varied and stimulating.
You could forge a career in contemporary or experimental music. Or you could choose to stay in the pop world. Or write film soundtracks. You could end up composing music for computer games.
Anything would appear possible when you consider the range of careers that just a small cross-section of our students gone into since leaving us.
Some go into the recording business, like Joe Power and Stephen Peeling, who are signed up to an independent record label with the post-rock band, Codes in the Clouds.
While some graduates go on to work as music producers, sound designers and DJs, others opt for the business side of the industry in areas such as music journalism and music teaching.
Others choose to continue their studies, like Tomas Peckys, who’s doing a PhD in Lithaunian dance culture.
One of our alumni now even boasts a double musical life. By day, Phoebe Osborne is a music teacher but she moonlights as a singer-songwriter for the alternative folk band, Penniless Cove.
You see, we can help give you the best of both worlds.