Become a versatile performer in your preferred musical style and broaden your abilities by trying out new styles, with our Music Performance degree in Cambridge.
Our BA (Hons) Music Performance will challenge your creativity. You’ll learn to analyse and deconstruct existing modes of performance, songwriting and composition before finding your own way to create new performances or rework the music of others.
As the course develops, you’ll examine increasingly complex performance scenarios, using them to inform aspects of your own live work. Weekly performance workshops in Year 2 will help you hone your stagecraft in particular styles of performance, while analysis seminars will allow you to explore vocal and instrument techniques by genre.
As a Music Performance student at ARU, you'll create a diverse portfolio of work and learn up-to-date techniques that will prepare you for the modern collaborative creative industries, whether you want to perform and release your own music, create soundtracks for films and games, or play in a band or orchestra.
Many of your modules will be shared with our other music courses, giving you the chance to collaborate with different students and develop all-important skills for your professional life, such as teamworking and time management. You’ll also have opportunities to work with students on our film and computer game degrees, creating soundtracks for their projects.
In Year 2, you’ll broaden your understanding of the modern music industry by seeking and completing a work placement in an area of your own interest. This will also help you learn to self-evaluate your transferable and employability skills and develop them further.
Our optional modules allow you to shape the course for your chosen career. For example, Music in Therapy will introduce you to the theory and practice of music therapy, as practised by registered professionals in the UK, giving you the perfect preparation to continue onto our MA Music Therapy. Composition and Orchestration will allow you to produce a portfolio comprising original compositions of your own, and arrangements of existing works, for orchestra. Audio for Film or Audio for Games will develop your competence in creating soundtracks and sound effect creation, alongside specialist skills like automated dialogue replacement or production of non-linear interactive experiences.
You can even opt for a placement year between years 2 and 3 to get ahead in the creative industries.
These psychedelic rockers formed on our Popular Music degree, and have since gone from strength to strength.Find out more about Grass Roof
Creative industries students came together for an evening of music and merriment at ARU's open mic night.Find out more about Spring Awakening
November 2017, crowds gathered at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, to hear performances by our BA (Hons) Popular Music students.Find out more about Poptronix
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.Find out more about Poptronix
Create original music to accompany a film, video or other digital moving or still image on this module.Music for the Moving Image
Fido, Helson and Lumberjacks
In May 2017, students 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 facilities – not just the ones for your course.
Study at ARU and benefit from:
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Technical Officer/Associate Lecturer
Deputy Head of School, Course Leader
Course Leader, Senior Lecturer
Associate Lecturer, Music
Course Leader, Doctoral Researcher and Senior Lecturer Practitioner
Course Leader and Senior Lecturer
Senior research fellow, Music for Health Research Centre; Music and Performing Arts
Throughout our BA (Hons) Music Performance, you’ll not only develop the latest skills and knowledge for a career in music performance, but also get the support you need to grow into a confident and creative graduate with a willingness for lifelong learning, and the desire to seek continuing personal and professional development in all aspects of your career.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have built up a professional portfolio of your music performance projects, which will act as an enhanced CV for you to present to future employers and clients. This might consist of video showreels, commercial music releases, or other demonstrations of your technical expertise, as well as a fully-developed online profile.
You’ll also seek and complete a work placement in an area of your interest in year two, gaining experience of the industry as well as learning to self-evaluate and develop your employability skills.
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.
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 MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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