On the BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance we see no boundaries between performance, production and composition; our approach is rigorous and dedicated to developing the artistic vision of specialist music students as working, practical musicians. The course is about developing complete, creative and versatile musicians, ready to build and sustain a career in the contemporary music industry. The course is delivered in bespoke, state-of-the-art facilities, within an inspirational and thriving creative environment. Each year, we recruit a select cohort of student musicians to the following principal studies: Vocals, Piano/Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum Kit. On graduation, successful BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance students will have the choice of a wide range of career options.

The BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance is designed for instrumentalists and vocalists who wish to further develop their musicianship, performance, production and technical skills to a professional level within a highly specialist creative environment. This exceptional course provides advanced training for musicians with a high level of performing ability, preparing them to excel and work in the contemporary music industries.

Our BMus (Hons) offers unrivalled opportunities to imaginative and curious musicians. Working on the same campus you will be part of a vibrant artistic community and have a real and unique opportunity to experiment and collaborate musically with specialist fine artists, photographers, fashion designers, animators, filmmakers, graphic designers and creative advertisers.

Our course acknowledges that the boundaries between performance, composition and production are blurred. These are integral to our approach whilst providing you with a clear understanding of the business of music and the structure of the music industries. Our experienced tutors and visiting industry professionals will support and stimulate the development of technical skills necessary to thrive as a working, creative musician in the 21st century creative world.

You will have access to bespoke facilities which include on-site, self-contained, industry standard rehearsal, recording and performance facilities, purpose-built and dedicated to teaching and learning on the degree.

Facilities includes:

  • Dedicated 24-track analogue/digital recording studio with ProTools integration and motorised Solid State Logic AWS924 desk
  • Fully-integrated studio live/ensemble rooms
  • Specially-designed auditorium with full live PA, lighting rig and video integration
  • Sound-proofed instrumental teaching rooms
  • State-of-the-art specialist Mac suite 
  • Backline, microphones and effects processors

* Course subject to approval

Note: We do not accept deferred entry for the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance course.


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What You'll Study

Live performance is key to the course and students will participate in weekly Ensemble Performance Workshops in all three years; these workshops combined with stagecraft sessions give students the opportunity to perform on stage and in the recording studio in various ensembles and as individuals, whilst receiving expert guidance from experienced teaching staff.

Instrumental techniques are also studied in all three years through specialised individual 1:1 tuition and dynamic ensemble groupings. This enables students to continually refine and enhance their approach to their instrument/voice with the aim of achieving a level of fluency that will meet the demands of any musical situation.

Music is a demanding and rewarding vocation, and our rigorous schedule of performance and creation is designed to prepare you for a career as a working musician. You will be responding to live briefs which will contribute to an extensive annual portfolio of performances, recordings, and visual material which can be used in both assessment and as outward-facing evidence of your musical confidence, ability and originality.

Performance, production and composition concerns the practical creation of music in diverse styles and from multiple popular performance traditions, and is the heartbeat of our course. In addition to the development of your instrumental/vocal skills and the stimulation of your creativity and musical curiosity, the course also uniquely integrates the study of song writing, arranging, stagecraft, music production and entrepreneurial activity.

We will explore professional artist development and address the real-world structure of the professional music industries such as contracts, rights, finances, planning, professional presentation and networking. We will explore the position of popular music in society, connecting musicians to distinctive and ground-breaking artists in context, and ongoing developments within the field. The degree is further supported by a programme of visiting professionals and workshops focussed on practical musicianship, healthy musicianship, vocational preparation and career advancement.

Work Experience

The course supports opportunities for specialist work experience. You are also encouraged to negotiate your own engagement with external organisations as part of the BMus (Hons) degree course.

Destination Careers

Graduates of the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance will be ready to pursue careers as artists, musical directors, and session, touring and theatrical musicians as well as arrangers, composers and producers.

Most visibly and distinctively, the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance provides invaluable experience of working with specialist fine artists, photographers, fashion designers, animators, filmmakers, graphic designers and creative advertisers as part of our world-leading specialist arts institution. As a working musician, you will come into contact with many other creative artists during your career and our degree provides the unique opportunity to build important creative networks and an impressive portfolio from the outset of your professional life.

Audition Guide

Click here to view the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance audition guide.

Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Terms & Conditions

Our Terms & Conditions are here.

International Opportunities / Visiting and exchange students

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate visiting and exchange students from Europe and around the world who would like to spend a semester or a full academic year taking credits from our exciting range of courses. You will be fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University during a period of full-time supervised study and your credits transferred back to your home institution.

You can join us through programmes such as Erasmus+, individual university partnerships or as an independent applicant. Please see here for more information and how to apply.

Leeds Arts University students interested in spending some time overseas can find information on the international opportunities available during your course here.

Questions? Contact international@leeds-art.ac.uk

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