Music Performance, Production & Composition BA (Hons) Southend Campus

This programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and technical aspects of musical composition and performance, as well as studio recording and production techniques and related disciplines.

In the music industry there is a growing need for multi-skilled practitioners who are able to write, create and perform music, as well as record and produce performances.

The course is concerned with the music production, performance and composition process in various different contexts (for example, sound for film and live performance) and is reinforced by a rigorous academic strand that ensures practical skills are backed up with a critical ear and an understanding of the theories that underpin them.

Equipment and facilities:

Our specialist studio facilities are resourced with two recording studios, four rehearsal rooms with instruments and equipment and a specialist music technology computer room. The course uses a variety of software including Apple’s Logic suite of digital audio workstation software, Avid Sibelius and Pro Tools and numerous other supporting pieces of software.

Why should I do this course? 

This programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and technical aspects of musical composition and performance, as well as studio recording and production techniques and related disciplines.

What's covered? 

Year 1

  • music theory and theorists
  • music law & ethics
  • music and culture
  • composition and arranging for production learners
  • studio management & production
  • sequencing practice and band musicianship

Year 2

  • dissertation preparation
  • business practice
  • creative industry practitioners
  • advanced ensemble studies
  • music and sound for TV and film
  • instrumental and group tuition
  • session musicianship
  • composition and theory

Year 3

  • dissertation
  • industry preparation
  • practical project
  • electroacoustic composition
  • new music composition
  • supporting performance
What can I do after this? 

Our graduates pursue a variety of careers, many within related industries. Recent graduates have gone into teaching music, technical support for musicians, running music workshops, composing music for corporate media products. Some have gone on to study further, including Masters Level.

Year 1: Provides the basic skills across the different programme areas to build a firm foundation in preparation for more specialist study in years two and three. A wide variety of subjects are covered, focusing on key practical skills and the basis of core academic inquiry in music. The practical topics include areas such as using a recording studio, musical performance and music sequencing, while the academic areas include music theory, cultural studies, and music law and ethics.

Areas of study: Include music theory and theorists, music law and ethics, music and culture, composition and arranging, studio management and production, sequencing practice and band musicianship.

Year 2: The second year expands significantly on composition and performance whilst exploring critical lines of enquiry, and introducing you to new ways of thinking and to artists outside of your area of experience. There is a significant focus in the second year on moving you forward in your study and encouraging you to work in a more independent and self-directed way.

Areas of study: Include dissertation preparation, business practice, creative industry practitioners, advanced ensemble studies, music and sound for TV and film, instrumental and group tuition, session musicianship, composition and theory.

Year 3: The final year of the programme is the most challenging as it requires you to utilise the skills you learnt throughout the programme in an independent and self-directed way. In addition to the larger project-based units, the dissertation and practical project, both of which are double modules, there are some modules which deal with specialisation as well as supporting you to progress into the world of work.

Areas of study: Include dissertation, industry preparation, practical project, electroacoustic composition, new music composition, supporting performance.

Low-cost higher education

Our fees are well below the national average and are among the lowest in the region, so studying with us is great value for money!

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Entry requirements 

For BA (Hons) you will need 160 UCAS points from one or more of the following:

  • at least two A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/Certificate [QCF]
  • BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma [NQF]
  • International Baccalaureate
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Progression Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • you will also need English and maths GCSE at grade C or above OR Level 2 equivalent (such as functional skills/learndirect)

Video requirements

Applicants to the BA (Hons) Music Production, Performance and Composition degree programme are required to provide a video of a performance(s) on their chosen (first) instrument. The requirements for the video are presented below:

  • the video must be uploaded to YouTube/Vimeo as a private track
  • viewing access must be granted to (as directed on application)
  • length should be four to eight minutes, and can include more than one piece of music (or playing styles)
  • the performer must be clearly visible
  • limbs relevant to the performer and performance must be shown (for example fingers should be clearly visible in a piano performance)
  • no editing of a single performance is allowed. If there are multiple performances at different times, these can be edited forming a collection of performances

Full-time courses

Applications for full-time courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), quoting institution code S43 and the UCAS code for your chosen course.

Part-time courses (incl. short full-time)

Applications for all part-time Honours Degree, Foundation Degree, PGCE, CertEd, Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education courses at South Essex College should be made directly to the College using the online application form or by completing a paper application form and mailing it to our freepost address:

HE Admissions
South Essex College
Freepost SMU 110
Luker Road
Southend on Sea

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Southend Campus (Luker Road)
Monday, September 14, 2015
Full time
3 years
Higher Education
Course code
W312 (BA)
Southend Campus (Luker Road)
Luker Road

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