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Music Performance and Production
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Music Performance and Production

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course is for musicians who want to realise their potential in contemporary production and develop their ability to perform live. It concentrates on four themes: performance (group and individual), composition and arrangement, technology and production, and contextual studies.

You will work alongside students and staff both in the studio and at live music venues, building a portfolio that will help you achieve your professional ambitions as a musician. Previous students have performed at events including the Live at Leeds festival, which attracts thousands of visitors to venues across the city every year.

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This is a practical course where you will work in conjunction with students from music production in the studios as well as working in live venues. Over the three years of the course, you will build a portfolio of experience to help you achieve your ambitions after graduation.

You will have access to our guest lectures and workshops from professionals through our links with JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) and the Music Producers Guild. You also have the option to gain invaluable work experience through a placement year in industry and you will have the opportunity to work with external clients in your final year. You are encouraged to perform externally in the many venues that Leeds has to offer.

You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from top-name artists and producers. One of our Senior Lecturers, Ken Scott, has more than 50 years of music production experience working with artists including The Beatles and David Bowie, and in 2016 our students worked at the Audio & Radio Industry Awards, rubbing shoulders with artists such as Kaiser Chiefs and Gregory Porter.

Artist in Residence Programme

The Artist in Residence programme gives our students an opportunity to work with professional artists and gives them a taste of what is it like to work on a professional music project. So far we have welcomed artists Chris T-T, Ian Prowse, I Monster, Tom Williams and Utah Saints.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
Play BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Amanda Belle, Student Video
BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Amanda Belle, Student
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme
Play BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Kenny Jenkins, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Kenny Jenkins, Senior Lecturer

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
ABRSM:
ABRSM Grade 5 Theory or equivalent is required and should be included within your qualifications. Also an involvement and interest in music production and/or performance activities, should be evidenced in your personal statement.
Portfolio:
All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
ABRSM:
ABRSM Grade 5 Theory or equivalent is required and should be included within your qualifications. Also an involvement and interest in music production and/or performance activities, should be evidenced in your personal statement.
Portfolio:
All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Rob Green

Careers

Teaching and learning

Study a blend of performance, technical and creative production and composition and arranging to give you a balance between traditional music skills and the kind of skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to develop and sustain a career in the music industries.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study - the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

You will be introduced to techniques and ideas used in contemporary Music Performance and Production practice, upon which the rest of the course is built. You will be encouraged to be active members in the creative community of Music courses at Leeds Beckett. The Music in Context and Composing for Performance and Production modules run over both semesters and are intended to help you develop an integration of contextual ideas and understandings into creative compositional practice.
Overall workload
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280 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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920 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
5%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
27%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
68%
Core Modules

Study contemporary musical genres, histories and associated music subcultures to deepen your understanding of what political, economic, sociological, technological, ethical and legal factors impact upon the music being produced and the industries that support it.

Develop the high standard of technical, professional, solo and ensemble skills you will need to participate in public solo and/or ensemble performances, as well as function in a studio environment.

Develop your composition skills and techniques. All your work will be placed in the context of the wider music industry and you will prepare a portfolio of compositions to demonstrate your ability to produce a range of compositional material to a high standard.

Examine the techniques and technologies of digital audio production, in and out of the studio. You will build an understanding of digital audio workstations and their role in audio editing, sequencing and recording.

An introduction to a range of perspectives, approaches and techniques relevant to computer-based music performance, and associated music production and sound manipulation skills.

Gain an understanding of the music industry in terms of the functions of and relationships between the key stakeholders, and of how the industry is managing and responding to a changing commercial and technological environment.

Build on your experience at Year Two. You will critically reflect on your own creative practice and have a clear sense of your own creative identity. We will encourage you to engage in collaborative practice across the university, and you will be introduced to the wider world of music making in Leeds
Overall workload
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268 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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932 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
20%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
80%
Core Modules

Expand your musical experience and familiarity with diverse musical styles and genres. This module will equip you with a variety of analytical tools with which to analyse music performance and production.

Organise and manage a studio project through the stages of production, demonstrating your understanding of recording and production techniques. You will evaluate the project throughout all stages of production.

Live performance is central to most musical activities and this module explores the skills, techniques and practices which are required to perform in a public setting. You will develop expressive techniques both individually and as part of a team in order to produce performances which focus on the audience experience.

Develop skills and techniques in composing and arranging for a variety of contexts including studio ensembles, song accompaniment, film composition as well as more experimental pieces.

Gain an understanding of the rights and legal frameworks for creative works and performance in the music industries, enabling you to evaluate the way music businesses manage and derive income from creative work. You will learn how to protect own work and create value from intellectual property.

Build a performance set of 15-20 minutes to be performed at a public venue in Leeds.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

In Year Three you will demonstrate your capacity for independence. Much of the year is spent on your own projects, confidently using established techniques and technologies in your performances and recording. You are expected to organise the venues for your performances and work to a professional standard, as well as critically evaluate your own and others' performances and recordings with reference to relevant and current research.
Overall workload
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166 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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1034 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
100%
Core Modules

Research, develop and prepare a musical performance which reflects your individual abilities as a soloist or as a member of a collaborative ensemble.

A combination of experimentation, critical listening and contextual discourse, this module will help you develop the essential skills and processes used in modern studio productions.

Develop a performance showcase to demonstrate your performance abilities. You will be responsible for booking and organising venues, enhancing your entrepreneurial skills.

Undertake a major project of interest to you. You will conceive, plan and carry out your project throughout your final year and evaluate the outcomes.

Option modules may include:

Designed to equip you with the skills to produce music for film and television, this module will introduce you to some key composers to examine the historical function of film music and look at the approaches to synchronisation and instrumentation required to produce contemporary film and TV scores.

Develop the arranging skills essential for the contemporary arranger, producer, songwriter or performer.

Improve your songwriting abilities. This intensive, hands-on module will enhance your existing skills and by the end of the module you will have written and recorded a collaborative songwriting portfolio.

Study the key concepts of electro-acoustic composition and the application of these concepts both creatively and technically.

Kenny Jenkins
Kenny Jenkins
Senior Lecturer
Kenny Jenkins, is a musician and educator, whose practice is grounded in social, political, and cultural critique, but sees his principal function as encouraging students to explore and develop their own ideas.
This is a course that, should it have existed when I was applying to university, would have been the one I would have chosen.
Play BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Amanda Belle, Student Video
BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Amanda Belle, Student
Play Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme Video
Students working with Tom Williams as part of the Artist in Residence programme
Play BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Kenny Jenkins, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Music Production & Performance - Kenny Jenkins, Senior Lecturer

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our professional-standard music studios and equipment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of our professional-standard music studios and equipment.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


Facilities

  • Music Studios
    Music Studios

    Write, mix, produce and record your own music in our state-of-the-art studios. You will be following in the footsteps of BRIT Award-winning musicians Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, of Rudimental, who both studied at the University.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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