New music course aiming for industry success

10 November 2017

A new BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance course at Leeds Arts University is aiming to produce a stream of popular music artists.

Applications are now open for the course, which starts next September and will equip musicians with the skills needed for a successful career in the industry.

It will offer the unique opportunity of studying on a campus entirely dedicated to creative arts, allowing collaboration with fellow students who are photographers, fine artists, fashion designers, animators and filmmakers.


Image: Course Leader Dr Tom Attah working with Leeds Arts University students

“The collaborative, creative opportunity that we offer our music students is what sets us apart,” said Dr Tom Attah, Course Leader and himself a practising musician.

“We have a 171-year history of artistic excellence, and we are now extending that to Popular Music Performance by attracting the country’s best, most imaginative, energetic and compelling popular musicians.

“Our students will build their creative networks and generate music which is not only innovative and imaginative, but also spectacular.”

The University is recruiting musicians in five areas: vocals, bass, drums, piano/keyboards and guitar. The course will focus on performance, production, composition and collaboration, with students taking part in weekly ensemble performances to further develop their composition and arranging skills.

Based in a new £22m expansion on Blenheim Walk, the students will also be given expert vocal and instrument tuition while mastering contracts, rights and networking to fully prepare them for a career in the industry.