Develop as a musician with our exciting mix of subjects, from performance to production, and learn how to succeed in the music business. Explore the history and cultures of popular music while getting practical experience in up-to-date production and performance techniques.
If you’re a talented musician who wants to develop creative skills in composition, improvisation, performance and music technology within the context of popular music, then this degree is for you.
There are many opportunities to take part in live musical performances at Anglia Ruskin venues like our Recital Hall, Mumford Theatre and the Academy, as well as public venues in and around Cambridge, such as the Cambridge Junction, where we have longstanding and productive links. With our weekly performance workshops and individual lessons you’ll be performing and receiving feedback on a regular basis.
Your performance work will be supported by modules covering the social, political and cultural contexts of popular music; you’ll investigate issues in popular music studies, (ethno)musicology and world music, and apply this learning to your practical work in performance, recording and arts management.
Once enrolled on our performance modules, you’ll receive individual instrumental or vocal tuition from a visiting tutor of international repute.
You’ll 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.
Course leader: Nick Ryall.
This course will equip you with the knowledge, practical experience and versatility needed for a career in music. Many of our past students currently enjoy highly successful careers as performers, composers, technologists, music teachers and arts administrators.
The skills you gain from this course (for example analysis, performance, composition, ensemble work and presentation skills) will be useful for other roles too. Studying the creative and performing arts will give you the ideal training for any position that requires quick thinking, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork and the ability to organise both yourself and others. It will also prepare you for further study - you might, for example, decide to use your talents to help others by taking our MA Music Therapy after you graduate. We have close links with many industry partners, including the Cambridge Junction, where you can see a variety of theatre and musical acts. We stage regular public concerts and gigs showcasing the talents of our popular music students, at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge and, at the end of each academic year, at the Junction as well as at more low-key university events in our Students’ Union venue, the Academy.
We’ll assess you through a combination of public performances, creative projects, essays, presentations and portfolios of work, including a final-year Major Project, which may include practice-led work. Some of these assignments involve group work and other tasks are assessed on an individual basis, so you’ll be developing both collaborative abilities and independent study skills.
Through ongoing assessment, you’ll improve your ability to improvise, sight-read and be creative through composition and recording work, and develop skills in writing, analysis and research. We’ll also encourage you to use self-help packages, particularly for aural training, and undertake an extensive listening programme.
The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
We offer a student exchange programme with a university in the USA, giving you the option of studying abroad for a semester in your second year. We also run annual trips to places like Rome, Vienna and New York.
Our Enterprise in the Creative Arts module gives you an opportunity to set up a work placement in an area of interest to you. This could be in music education, instrumental teaching, artist management, marketing, recording and studio work, or events management, for instance.
You’ll work in our purpose-built music centre, which includes two band rooms and two recording studios, lecture and practice rooms, a large recital hall, an extensive suite of computer music studios with workstation laboratories and digital editing studios. We also have the full-size Mumford Theatre on campus, which regularly hosts professional touring companies and musicians.
You’ll have access to five grand pianos, including a new Steinway Model D, and many orchestral instruments, as well as traditional instruments from India (including two sitars), China (including a Chinese zither) and Africa (including a set of Ghanaian drums) and a Balinese Gamelan.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
You should submit a portfolio that best represents your performance and academic abilities, and which includes:
If you’re invited to interview, we’ll send you a letter with more information about our portfolio requirements.
If you’re an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. We’ll also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.
Important additional notes
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