Faculty of Creative Industries - Cardiff - University of South Wales

Bachelor in Contemporary Music Performance - Grado en Música Contemporánea

Faculty of Creative Industries - Cardiff - University of South Wales
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During this course you will prepare for the real world of the career musician through playing, practising and performing, and developing relevant skills for the music industry. You’ll be challenged to achieve professional levels of musicianship and instrumental skill. Basically, it’s about your future in music.

This is one of the few BMus degree courses in the UK that enables students to combine instrumental and compositional excellence with music industry entrepreneurship and critical thinking.

It is dynamic, relevant and challenging, and will provide you with professional playing, performing and musicianship skills, as well as the tools and knowledge, to develop and sustain a career in today’s modern and diverse music industry.


Titulo de Bachillerato or the Selectividad with an average mark of 6.
Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU) with an average mark of 6.
Técnico Especialista (Formación Profesional – segundo grado).
Ingeniero Técnico (from Escuela de Ingeniero Técnico).
Diplomado / Diplomatura.
English language qualifications:

GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score for Undergraduate of 80 IBT
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each component ; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass for undergraduate courses
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests, in some cases, we may also be able to accept the communicator level (B2)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 51 points in each element for the majority of undergraduate programmes
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.


Year One

Music Practice 1a
Stylistic Performance
Music Creation and Capture 1a
Music Practice 1b
Music Creation and Capture 1b
The History of Popular Music and the Production Industries
Year Two

Music Industry Practice
Music Practice 2a
Ensemble Performance 2a
Arranging and Composing
Music Practice 2b
Ensemble Performance 2b
Year Three

Licentiate (LRSL)
Event Management
Specialised Performance Skills 3a
Production Project
Specialised Performance Skills 3b
NOTE – Modules are subject to change

Learning and teaching methods
The BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance programme is mainly delivered through practice and performance based modules (approximately 75% of the activities) and provides a unique practice-theory divide combination. This enables students to develop skills in music practice, performance and production resulting in a high level of competence and literacy with the language of popular music.

In addition to more traditional lecture and tutorial based methods, teaching styles will emphasise the practical, including workshops and lab workstation sessions.

Relevant visiting speakers provide an industry focus to the course, and compliment the teaching of our experienced tutors.

This course is run in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Located in London and regarded as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, The Institute was established over a quarter of a century ago, and is responsible for developing and delivering cutting-edge courses to students of contemporary music.

Salidas profesionales

Graduates who want to use their music degree in their work often progress to become self-employed musicians, performers, composers, teachers, academics, music therapists, studio managers or sound engineers.

Other opportunities include specialist magazine journalism, music librarianship or music publishing. Many musicians enter careers that seek graduates of any discipline but offer the opportunity to use the specific skills developed in their studies.

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