BA (Hons)

Music Performance and Production

Teaching & Learning

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.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

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.
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.

What you'll learn

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.
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.

What you'll learn

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.
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.
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.