Bachelor of Music (Hons) - Popular Music Performance

3 years
15,950 GBP/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Multiple Locations / Germany , United Kingdom
BIMM - British & Irish Modern Music Institute

Program description

With a degree in BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance, you may forge an exciting path in the live music industry. If you're a bassist, drummer, guitarist, keyboardist, or singer who wants to level up your technical, performance, and musicianship skills, this is the course for you.

Core elements of performance, technique, musicianship, theory, and technology are all brought together in this program to help you hone your craft.

Our extensive selection of elective modules will allow you to further personalize your education to your individual aesthetic and professional goals. Included are emphases on such sub-genres as songwriting, composition, arranging, and live performance. The skills and determination you gain will serve you well in any musical endeavor.

There is a wide variety of skilled people at BIMM, and you'll have plenty of opportunity to work with them. Also, you'll be performing quite a bit. You and your classmates will get to play in front of an audience. Our BIMM professors will be on hand to offer critiques and suggestions throughout these shows.

Our course instructors are all seasoned, in-demand professionals whose knowledge and insight will prove invaluable to your academic development throughout the duration of the program.

Daily instruction will take place in our state-of-the-art large live venues, smaller studio settings, and lecture-based classes.

Program structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • The Creative Industries & You 1: Finding Your Path
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  • Performance Skills
  • Core Instrument Skills
  • Digital Music

Semester 2

  • Context & Culture of the Creative Industries
  • Applied Performance
  • Applied Instrument Skills
  • Creative Technology

Year 2

Semester 1

  • The Creative Industries & You 2: Collaborative Entrepreneurship
  • Contextualised Performance
  • Interpretive Instrument Skills

Semester 2

  • Creativity, Identity & Agency
  • Digital Performance Portfolio

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Final Project
  • Performance Showcase

Semester 2

  • Final Project
  • Creative Industries & You 3: Professional Portfolio


Tuition fees

  • 15,950 GBP/year

All international students must pay a deposit in order to secure their place on the course they have applied for. Deposit amounts will depend on if you are self-funded or if you have secured financial aid or a loan.

  • Self-funded international students: 4,000 GBP
  • Funded international students: 1,000 GBP

The deposit amount is deductible from your total fees.

Requirements for applicants

  • Successful completion of a BIMM admissions assessment.
  • Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.
  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved.

About the university

The doors to the music business are wide open after attending BIMM. We have seven campuses in some of the most lively cultural centers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany, making us the most connected music school in all of Europe. We have over 40 years of experience in the field and pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art facilities, world-class faculty, and unparalleled access to the industry.

All of our schools offer comprehensive music industry education, with classes covering everything from performing to running a record label, from making records to organizing concerts, and from songwriting to advertising. As a university, we take great satisfaction in the achievements of our alums and in the professionalism and adaptability of their skillsets.

Our facilities

We understand that in order to realize your full potential as a musician, you need access to state-of-the-art instruments and studios. That's why each of our eight universities has cutting-edge classroom and studio space on par with the best in the world.

Bands can practice on gear from Orange, Fender, Marshall, and Zildjian, among others, in dedicated rehearsal spaces. We have state-of-the-art recording facilities where you can lay down tracks of your latest music, and we also have post-production rooms where you can take your recordings to new heights. To help you develop your skills and realize your potential, we've worked with some of the best recording studios and concert halls in the world across all of our major music hubs.

Employability and careers

Students at BIMM Institute are taught to dream large and take calculated risks in their pursuit of knowledge. After all, potential employers will want proof that you are committed to and proficient in your field of study. Helping you demonstrate your abilities is our top priority.

You'll be joining a large community of experts and professionals in your field by signing on with us. We provide a wide variety of career development opportunities, from internships to master classes to a tailored recruitment service.

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