Immerse yourself in our performance culture and prepare for a career as a professional musician as you study music and its modern uses, with our BA (Hons) Music degree.
Performance is at the core of our Music degree here at ARU.
Immerse yourself in our creative, collaborative student community, take up opportunities to perform in Cambridge and beyond, and use our facilities to develop your music and experiment with different styles and techniques.
Take advantage of regular feedback on your performance to quickly improve your skills on a course that’s scored 100% for overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2018 and 2019).
As a student in Cambridge, you’ll be able to make the most of the city’s music scene, and benefit from our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live. From classical music to UK rap, or even film and computer game soundtracks, you’ll be surrounded by collaborative opportunities to explore and expand your style.
As a BA (Hons) Music student at ARU, you’ll discover a wealth of new music. From composition to the history and cultural implications of music, you’ll gain an awareness of many different styles, techniques and approaches that can inform your own music.
Rather than studying music by its historical period or geographical location, you’ll consider its use in different areas of our lives, such as film, technology and education. Whether you’re interested in the music industry, world music, performance art or teaching, you’ll get the chance to develop yourself ready for a career in music.
You’ll also be able to listen to professional musicians on campus every week in our lunchtime concert series, as well as attend workshops, masterclasses and lectures by visiting performers, composers and academics.
Choose to study abroad for one semester and get ongoing support to find work placements, and to gain a broad experience of the music industry.
Take your musicianship to the next level.
Psychedelic rockers Grass Roof formed on the first year of our BA (Hons) Popular Music degree, and have since gone from strength to strength.Explore more
Creative industries students came together for an evening of music and merriment at ARU's open mic night.Explore more
November 2017, crowds gathered at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, to hear performances by our BA (Hons) Popular Music students.Explore more
Poptronix II saw our BA (Hons) Popular Music students again take to the stage at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, as part of their assessed coursework.Explore more
This is a Year 2 optional module that allows students from any of our undergraduate music courses to compose and realise original music to accompany a film, video or other type of digital moving or still image.Explore more
Fido, Helson and Lumberjacks
In May 2017, students from our BA (Hons) Music, BA (Hons) Popular Music, BA (Hons) Performing Arts and MA Music Therapy worked alongside professional soloists on this production of Britten's Paul Bunyan.
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All our music students have access to:
You can also get training in all of our Creative Industries facilities – not just the ones for your course.
Study at ARU and benefit from:
Senior Lecturer, Music
Associate Lecturer, Music
Senior Lecturer / Practitioner, BSc Audio and Music Technology
Lecturer, Popular Music
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre; Doctoral Researcher and Senior Lecturer Practitioner
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Electronic Music Senior Lecturer, Audio and Music Technology
Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Music
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Popular Music
Senior research fellow, Music for Health Research Centre; Music and Performing Arts
Not only will you develop your knowledge of music theory as part of your Music degree, you’ll also be equipped with all of the practical skills that you need for a career in the music industry. You will also get the chance to tailor the course to your future career through our optional modules.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Many of past students now enjoy successful careers in music – from performers and composers through to music teachers and art administrators.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
"It was difficult at first, as we had to find a balance between studying, and practising with the band. ARU was great though; letting us leave a little early to travel to gigs or taking days to be in the studio. "
Danny is a graduate of ARU's BA (Hons) Popular Music degree.Read more
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