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Music Performance (with foundation year) - London) BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): J947
  • Start Date(s): September
  • Duration: Four years, full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Confetti London
  • Entry Requirements:
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This degree is delivered at our Confetti London Campus in Whitechapel.

Why study a foundation year?

The integrated foundation year at Confetti London is the perfect choice for those wanting to gain valuable knowledge and insight of the creative and entertainment industries before specialising in their chosen degree at Confetti.

You’ll learn all about the creative and entertainment industries, spending time in lectures, seminars, and practical settings. The assessment methods are also the same as the other degree years, with a mixture of exams and essays, so you’ll be fully prepared to start your full honours degree.

After completing your foundation year, you'll join Year One of your chosen degree with the confidence and knowledge to successfully continue your studies

About the course

Music has seamlessly woven its way into games, fashion, film, television, events, and social media like never before. Today's aspiring music-makers must possess the ability to collaborate and adapt to new levels, and Confetti provides its music students with innovative, high-quality, practical degrees that reflect the needs of the modern, integrated global entertainment industry.

Developing the technical mastery of your instrument or voice is at the core of your studies. You will hone your skills as a musician through performance, recording, production, and songwriting. In addition, you will study how music has developed, both as an art form and business, into the global industry it is today.

Our exceptional staff comprises working professionals who are experts in the music and creative industries. Their extensive experience will guide and inspire you, ensuring you receive an education that is unparalleled in its depth and relevance.

Confetti has world-class, industry-approved, state-of-the-art facilities featuring incredible recording studio spaces, Mac suites, rehearsal rooms, and its own purpose-built live venue. There simply couldn't be a better environment for you to study what you love.

But the Confetti experience extends far beyond our remarkable facilities. Here, you will immerse yourself in an unrivalled network of industry connections. From engaging with our esteemed experts in your daily classes to being inspired by a diverse range of guest speakers during Confetti's Industry Week, you will have countless opportunities to expand your horizons and forge invaluable relationships. Add in an industry mentor of your very own in year 3, and it's easy to see why Confetti is the perfect platform to start building your professional network and shaping your future career.

What you’ll study

Our recording and mastering facilities will be a vital part of your craft in which you will be tutored in recording and mixing techniques as well as developing your critical ear.

A key feature of the course is an individualised approach to your studies, allowing you to develop technical mastery of your first instrument whilst also broadening your understanding of other areas of the music industry and ways of thinking about music, performance and composition.

Explore (20 Credit Points)

This module will provide an introduction into the creative industries, exploring the history and development of these industries, with a particular focus on ethical and sustainable issues and the cultural and economic impact the creative industries have on society.

Through a series of lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, you will gain an understanding of the different sectors of the creative industries and the various roles within them. You will learn about the key trends that are shaping these industries, as well as the challenges and opportunities that they face in a rapidly evolving digital age.

The module will also explore the ways in which creativity and innovation are nurtured and developed within these industries, from the ideation process to the execution of a final product. You will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about the role of these industries in society and the potential impact that they can have on culture and the economy.

Create (20 Credit Points)

This module focuses on the process of product development within the creative industries. Through a series of lectures, workshops, and practical exercises, you will learn about the key stages of product planning, including market research, ideation, prototyping, testing, and launch.

The module will also explore the unique challenges faced by creative industries, such as intellectual property rights, audience engagement, and changing trends in consumer behaviour. You will work in groups to create a product for a specific sector of the creative industries, and will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about the product you are developing, considering factors such as target audience, product features, and distribution.

Evaluate (20 Credit Points)

Develop your self-evaluation skills in relation to practical work within your field of study. The module is designed to encourage you to evaluate the effectiveness of your work based on feedback and self-assessment.

Through a series of workshops, practical exercises, and assignments, you will learn how to evaluate your work against set criteria, such as quality, innovation, creativity, and impact. You will also learn how to set achievable goals for your own personal and professional development.

The module will emphasize the importance of effective communication, both written and verbal, in the evaluation process. You will learn how to provide constructive feedback to others and how to receive and act on feedback in a positive way.

Present (20 Credit Points)

Having the essential skills required for presenting and showcasing work effectively within a professional setting is paramount for those looking to work in the creative industries. This module will help you develop the practical tools and techniques necessary to present your work confidently, persuasively, and professionally.

You will learn how to prepare and deliver presentations, both written and verbal. The module will cover a range of topics, including creating effective visual aids, storytelling, audience engagement, and time management.

The module will emphasise the importance of understanding the needs and expectations of different audiences and how to tailor presentations accordingly. You will also learn how to effectively communicate the key messages of your work and how to answer questions and respond to feedback in a professional manner.

Produce (20 Credit Points)

This module focuses on the practical skills and techniques required to create successful products within the creative industries. The module is designed to provide you with hands-on experience in the creation of work appropriate to your specialist area of study.

Through a combination of workshops, practical exercises, and assignments, you will gain experience in the use of various tools and software commonly used in the creative industries, such as design software, prototyping tools, and project management software.

You will work individually or in teams to create a product developing essential skills in project management, creativity, and problem-solving. You will also learn about the importance of sustainability and ethical considerations in the product creation process.

The module will emphasise the role of the creative industries in shaping culture and society, and the importance of creating products that are both innovative and responsible.

Reflect (20 Credit Points)

This module will enable you to develop the tools and techniques necessary to reflect critically on your work and progress by examining your own thought processes, problem-solving strategies, and decision-making skills.

You will also learn how to set achievable goals for your own personal and professional development. The module will emphasise the importance of effective communication, both written and verbal, in the reflective process.

You will learn how to express your thoughts and feelings effectively and how to provide constructive feedback to others. By the end of the module, you will have developed a set of self-reflection skills that will be valuable throughout your professional career, and will have a better understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses.

DAW Skills (20 Credit Points)

Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are the digital canvases you will need to navigate to put down, cultivate, and develop musical ideas throughout your career. In this module, you will learn and apply different DAW techniques to create and arrange music through a series of set tasks, thereby developing a skills portfolio that you can apply throughout your course and career. You will build upon these skills to support your song writing module, generate ideas, and understand their role in a wide range of applications.

Performance Skills (40 Credit Points)

This is what it's all about: the skill and the art of performance! This module will help develop your core instrumental and performance skills, focusing on the deployment of key areas of instrumental/vocal technique, use and application of rhythm, groove, communication and creativity.

You'll develop as a performer by learning techniques to effectively engage, enthuse and captivate an audience. You will analyse classic and contemporary material and discover the key elements that makes it work so well.

Ultimately, you'll employ your findings by performing sets of covers and collectively created compositions using the elements explored throughout this module.

Your Industry (20 Credit Points)

You will explore contexts of working in the international world of sound and music and how you might establish a career by exploring the flow of money through the industry and relevant current and emerging trends.

You'll assess your current skill set and discover what you need to do to improve your chances of success on your employable journey. You'll choose work like briefs lasting at least 80 hours to enable you to experience working opportunities in a field of interest, then reflect on your learning to set you up for the rest of your course in an employable mind set. Your future starts now!

Songwriting (20 Credit Points)

This module aims to build an understanding of the theory and context of songwriting. You will explore classic songs from the history of popular music and, through deconstructing them, discover the component parts and common techniques used to create great material!

By embracing this process, your aural perception skills, music theory, instrument, and arrangement skills will naturally develop. You will then apply these skills to recreate classic tracks and collaborate with others to write songs based on these techniques and genre-specific elements.

Throughout the module, you will study different approaches to the craft, working both individually and collaboratively on assigned briefs. This will enable you to create a body of work that demonstrates a growing understanding of music genres through your songwriting skills.

Popular Music in Context (20 Credit Points)

In this module, you'll explore key events, songs and artists that helped shape the history of popular music as we know it. You'll gain an understanding of the social and cultural contexts that have guided its development, whilst you are supported in developing your research skills to explore case studies.

Songs and artists you investigate will be analysed, and material rehearsed and performed in your song writing and performance sessions. This means you're fully immersed in a whole host of material and styles to help you be an informed, well-rounded musician.

Performance Skills 2 (20 Credit Points)

Progressing from Year 1, you will engage in playing more complex material, conducting deeper analysis of the component parts, and exploring the most effective ways of communicating them to your peers and ultimately, an audience! You will perform original material and rework classic songs, adapting them to the sound and style of specified genres.

Technical proficiency on your instrument will be further advanced and developed throughout this process. You will receive guidance in stagecraft and setlist design techniques, aiming to build performer confidence and learn how to professionally entertain and engage a live audience with a powerful performance.

Songwriting 2 (20 Credit Points)

You'll develop your songwriting skills further by dissecting more complex songs from a wide array of genres to understand what makes them successful. You'll participate in a series of workshops where you'll practice various working methodologies to write material, both in solo and collaborative scenarios.

You'll explore top line, rhythmic, melodic, and lyrical methods, equipping you with the tools you need to hold your own in any songwriting session. Effective communication of ideas is essential for any collaborative process including working with other musicians who bring your ideas to life.

You'll learn how to communicate arrangements and ideas effectively using rhythmic and harmonic notation, chord symbols, and lyric/chord guides, and apply them to real-world scenarios.

Music for Modern Media (20 Credit Points)

This module focuses on exploring the exciting world of composing for media. Building on your compositional and DAW skills from year one, you will utilise them in a variety of real-world scenarios to create music for media use. These may include jingles, genre-based library music, and music for film and other media.

You will examine and research these areas, gaining insight into how best to apply your current DAW knowledge with other tools and techniques and expand on that skillset by successfully completing example scenarios. Composing for media is a substantial part of today's industry and an area in which you should be well prepared to engage.

Industry Practice (20 credit points)

This is where the reality of being a freelance practitioner really comes into focus. During this module, you will source and manage appropriate self-directed projects of at least 20 hours in an area that aligns to your career aspiration, working individually and collaboratively, applying the research, knowledge, and skills learnt throughout the course in common real-world scenarios.

You will also be given a further 80 hours of relevant industry briefs over the year to complete and reflect on. The aim is to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries which are increasingly defined by freelance and self-employed models of work.

Projects can cover a wide range of scenarios, and you must be able to adapt quickly, spinning a number of plates at once. You will need to work under pressure to strict deadlines and learn how to manage your time and resources effectively whilst looking after the wellbeing of yourself and your collaborators.

You’ll explore relevant legal frameworks such as copyright and intellectual property and examine how money flows in your particular area of interest so you’re best placed to exploit your talents for financial sustainable gain.

Contextual Studies (20 Credit Points)

Music plays an integral part in everyday life across cultures and societies. It can transcend language and cultural barriers and influence individual and social identity, politics, fashion and technology.
This module offers a deeper understanding of the contexts in which music is created, performed, received and how it has evolved or influenced social change.

You will delve into various musical genres, styles, and traditions across different time periods and cultures. The module aims to enhance critical thinking and analytical skills by examining the social, political, and artistic influences that shape musical practices.

You will also develop your research and communication abilities as you explore and present your findings on significant musical works, composers, and movements. The skills you develop in this module will help you as a working musician: broadening your musical horizons and giving you the skills to argue your ideas, understanding the role of music in the wider world.

Studio Production for Musicians (20 Credit Points)

This module serves as the recording musician's toolkit. The landscape for a recording musician is no longer limited to the traditional bigger studio 'Session' setup. Home studio setups have now become a significant part of the instrument recording business, catering to clients and session briefs that include songwriters, producers, library companies, film/TV soundtracks, content creators, as well as your own projects.

The module covers both larger studio ensemble recording and remote recording. You will learn the fundamental processes of recording and producing your own instrument or voice. This includes how to communicate properly with a client, audio file management, and selecting the appropriate gear and processes that meet the needs of any given recording scenario you may encounter as a jobbing musician.

You will also develop skills in critically comparing recording equipment across different budget points, audio engineering skills, understanding group recording etiquette, maintaining session structure and energy, effectively communicating with producers, and fostering repeat business.

Creative Investigation (40 Credit Points)

What is an area of music or performance you're fascinated by? What would you like to know more about? How could it influence and broaden your own playing, writing and performing skills? This module is an opportunity to research something you're interested in or passionate about. Examples might include: exploring how different cultures utilise rhythm; delving into the concept of creativity; researching DIY release culture, or investigating audience response.

It offers the chance to conduct in-depth research on your chosen topic that can enhance your own skill set. You will create a proposal and gather evidence from secondary sources to support your area of focus which will then be discussed and agreed upon with your supervisor.

Subsequently, you will undertake a substantial and sustained research project based on your proposal. This will involve generating your own materials and findings which you will analyse and draw conclusions from. These could be presented in the format of a traditional written dissertation, or you could use other mediums such as film or audio by negotiation.

This module not only enhances your independent research skills but also improves your knowledge and abilities in music and performance and other employable fields.

Industry Brief (40 Credit Points)

This is where it becomes very real. This module is the exciting link to the next steps towards an employable future. You will choose a live brief/briefs set by industry from a range of employers/scenarios and receive tailored guidance to ensure you have the skills and research capability to deliver exactly what that industry brief demands. This is it!

You might be booked for a studio session, required to be part of a band for a pop artist working under a musical director's instruction, play in an individually tailored function band for an event, or reinterpret songs to a different genre for a library album. It could be any real-world scenario!

You will reflect on the skills you've developed over the year and form a viable next steps career plan to explore how you can make a living from what you've learned on your journey.

Personal Project (40 Credit Points)

Ignite your Creative Journey, bring your ideas to life and set your career goals in motion. This module offers a unique opportunity to propose and negotiate a project of your choice, taking it from concept to completion. Throughout this module, you will develop essential skills in project planning and effective implementation.

You'll develop your collaboration skills and create a realistic timeline for your project's success. The possibilities for your project are diverse, ranging from creating a collection of original songs, recording a single or an EP, to establishing a creative business or perhaps designing an immersive music-based art installation: the world is your oyster!

In addition to honing your creative talents, you'll also explore key aspects of business and marketing, discovering how to market your work effectively and gaining entrepreneurial skills that will contribute to your success as an industry professional. By the end of the module, you'll be equipped with a practical next steps plan, ensuring you have a clear understanding of how your creative endeavours can support your future career aspirations.

You'll also be assigned a mentor from industry to help you on your journey. This is the opportunity to unlock your creative potential and take your first steps towards a rewarding career. Now is your chance to create and produce something tangible and begin to focus on your career goals.

How you’re taught

Your practical sessions will take place in rehearsal and recording studios; these spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software, giving you access to professional grade resources.

Lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials will give you the opportunity to explore the core practical and theoretical principles of the module subject areas.

Weekly sessions providing input, consultation and discussion with tutors and your colleagues based around the core module components. Modules have been designed to bring a holistic approach to each year of study based on study, research and activity to allow development of artistry alongside academic practice. You will be encouraged to develop a critical and inquisitive approach to your studies through research into areas of study that are of particular interest to you.

The processes of composition, rehearsal and recording are a fundamental in preparation for performance. Rehearsal and recording studio sessions account for a significant portion of delivery. Reflective and engagement with feedback from audience and professionals is designed to give opportunity for growth through the responses you develop.

In order to build and maintain an active and professional network you will work on live briefs. This process also offers the opportunity to build resilience and professional standards within your work and artistic practice.

Confetti Album

Each year, Confetti students write, perform, record, mix, master and promote the Confetti Album. Supported by our expert staff, it's a great way to experience doing it for real in the music industry. Check out this year's album.

Industry Week

We also hold an annual Industry Week, where guest speakers and mentors from the music industry are invited in to talk to students. Our students have the opportunity to learn from people working in the industry right now, and can make invaluable contacts during this week.

Past Industry Week guests have included:

  • Becky Hill - Brit award-winning musician
  • Michael Eavis - Glastonbury founder
  • Kim Hawes – Tour Manager
  • Tom Visconti - Worked with David Bowie
  • Linda Perry - Lead singer from 4 Non Blondes, worked with Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams, Pink, and Adele
  • Piers Aggett - Rudimental
  • Professor Green

Check out our talks OnDemand here

Degree Show

In your final year you will exhibit your work as part of Confetti's Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across Confetti's courses and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to key influencers across the creative industries.

Careers and employability

Your time at Confetti doesn’t have to stop once you finish your undergraduate course. Choose to continue your studies on our postgraduate degrees that can help you further develop your skills and obtain the experience you need to get a head start in your career. Browse our postgraduate degrees.

You will also study the wider context of their industry, investigating working practices, legal frameworks, business models and career opportunities. In addition, the course also aims to develop your cognition, autonomy and research skills, enabling you to continue in further academic study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You will increasingly be faced with freelance and self-employed models of work upon graduation. Consequently, the course aims to equip you with appropriate skills for this type of workplace through ‘live’ client-led briefs with local and national industry partners, which will help you build a varied and distinctive portfolio of work throughout your studies.

Additionally, there is a strong emphasis on close interaction with industry in the form of lectures, workshops and seminars from industry professionals throughout the two years of study.

Campus and facilities

Study a Music Performance degree with us and you can expect to learn in similar facilities to those available at our campus in Nottingham - as seen below.

  • 400 capacity live music venue
  • 14 rehearsal spaces
  • 10 recording studios
  • Mastering, surround sound and post-production studio
  • Critical listening seminar room
  • Live events production workspace
  • Vinyl cutting room

Entry requirements

Looking for a place in Clearing? We are accepting applications and would love to hear from you.

To discuss our entry requirements and see what we can offer you, call us now on +44 (0)115 848 6000 or apply online.

  • We accept UCAS Tariff points from up to three qualifications.
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

You will also need to have a Voice or Instrument Grade 5 (ABRSM, RSL, Trinity or equivalent)

We very much welcome self-taught applicants who do not have the formal entry requirements, but we need to know you're at the right level to support your ambition. If that’s you, we’ll request a video of you playing 2 songs from start to finish in contrasting styles. This can be performing along to a backing track, or solo. Once we get that, and we make sure this is the perfect fit for you, we'll send you an offer!

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

Looking for a place in Clearing? We are accepting applications and would love to hear from you.

To discuss our entry requirements and see what we can offer you, call us now on +44 (0)115 848 6000 or apply online.

  • We accept UCAS Tariff points from up to three qualifications.
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

We will consider applications who may not have related formal academic qualifications but have relevant work experience.

You will also have at least one of the following music qualifications:

  • A-Level in Music
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Music (or similar, e.g. RSL Awards)
  • Music Theory Grade 5 (ABRSM, Rockschool, Trinity or equivalent)
  • Voice or Instrument Grade 5 (ABRSM, Rockschool, Trinity or equivalent)

We very much welcome self-taught applicants who do not have the formal entry requirements. If that’s you, we’ll request a video of you playing 2 songs from start to finish in contrasting styles. This can be performing along to a backing track, or solo. We must be able to hear you clearly and see you in close up. Once we get that, we can chat with you to make sure the course is right for you or advise you about anything you can do further to support your application.

This course is not for instrumental beginners.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors. Find out more about advisors in your country.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494


We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students (over the age of 21) for this course. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis.

If you are a mature student, you will still need to apply to us by UCAS form, but you don't necessarily need to meet our minimum entry requirements.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades,

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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