The foundation year will introduce you to study at university and your chosen subject. It also provides a highly supportive environment where you can develop your self-confidence. Studying Commercial Music will give you a firm grounding in the key knowledge and skills needed to work professionally in the music industry. Wherever your passion in music lies, our course offers you plenty of opportunity to hone your skills and study areas of commercial music that are new to you. Popular music is at the heart, and you'll develop strong skills in performance, instrumental technique, song writing and composition. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in a wide range of practical briefs that mirror real-world music industry work, and you’ll have the chance to collaborate with students from other courses in the School of Creative Arts and Industries. As you progress through the degree, you'll have opportunities to perform, record, produce and compose music in specialist facilities. Once you've gained a firm grounding in different aspects of commercial music, you'll be able to select optional modules that focus on specialist areas such as media music, music leadership and teaching, film music and education, music and psychology. Top reasons to study with us
- You’ll learn in our purpose-built creative arts building, Daphne Oram, which provides the latest facilities, including professional-grade rehearsal, recording, and performance spaces.
- From our Canterbury Campus you’ll have access to the vibrant live music scenes in Canterbury, Margate, and Ramsgate, home to a variety of venues and international music festivals.
- You’ll be supported by tutors who are highly skilled musicians with international experience and whose teaching is informed by their work as active performers, producers and composers.
- 92% of our Commercial Music students were satisfied overall with their course. National Student Survey 2022
- A year-round programme of events will offer you the opportunity to showcase your talents in a variety of venues, including Canterbury Cathedral.
- You’ll have regular one-to-one vocal and/or instrumental lessons.
- St Gregory’s, a historic church that has been converted into a beautiful music venue which seats 150 and has been designed to enhance the experience of the audience and performer.
- Music studios, in our dedicated creative arts building, are kitted out with in-house instruments and state-of-the-art control rooms sporting both digital sound and video editing software.
- Performance areas for large and small gigs, and stunning venues, including Canterbury Cathedral.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
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