Popular Music Performance and Production (RESONANCE -DUDLEY) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University

Popular Music Performance and Production (RESONANCE -DUDLEY)

Course summary

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A COURSE WHICH WILL BE STUDIED AT RESONANCE Are you interested in a career as a music performer, songwriter or producer? Would you like to be involved in artist development? Suitable for both schooled and self-taught musicians, this course combines creativity and technical learning with in-depth academic and research skills. In partnership with Solent University, Resonance’s popular music performance and production programme offers a broad range of creative and technical learning in music and production carefully balanced with the acquisition of academic skills involving research and critical thinking. Students will gain experience both specific to the music industry and relevant to other careers. The course features extensive study of the music industry including copyright, contract law and career pathways. Students are also expected to develop transferable skills in research, IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking, communication and project management. Student learning is aided by access to our industry standard facilities. These include 3 state of the art recording studios (networked via DANTE, running Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Studio One and Ableton), a range of mixing workstations, and a Production Lab with 18 Apple/Focusrite/Novation workstations. You’ll also have access to 8 large rehearsal rooms with fully equipped with backline and PA systems, as well as 6 fully soundproofed individual practice rooms. The curriculum is delivered by an experienced course team, many of whom are active industry experts with professional experience in performance, studio and live sound, electronic sound design and the business and culture of music production. All of our Staff are actively engaged industry practitioners. Thanks to the Resonance’s close links with industry, you will have the opportunity to attend weekly guest lectures from visiting industry professionals. Speakers have recently included: John Waugh (The 1975), Dexter Wansel (Grammy award winning artist), Sheena Sear & Mark Stuart (M2 Studios), Tim Carrol (CEO Focusrite), John Daily (DeFacto Marketing), Richard Taylor (Musical Director for Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Emin, Nile Rogers and many more…), Sam Dorrance (Touring Artist), Brendon Riley (Touring Backline Technician) Steve Smith (Marshall), Creative Technology, Alex Hutchings (Touring Session Musician at Composer), Genevieve Little (Touring Artist), Jamie Franklin (Artist Relations at Roland) and many more… Resonance is based at Cable Plaza, part of the spectacular Waterfront complex in Brierley Hill, just over half an hour from Birmingham City Centre. The brand-new, purpose-built facilities are outstanding, providing everything an ambitious musician, producer, composer, teacher and entrepreneur would need to excel in their studies. Our local live music venues include; Red By Night, KK Steel Works, The Robin 2, Symphony Hall, Birmingham O2. What does this course lead to? This course may lead to work in diverse areas such as professional performance, songwriting, artist development, live sound, online mixing, sound engineering, teaching and technical support. Who is this course for? Resonance’s popular music performance and production course is suitable for both schooled and self-taught musicians. Applicants should be interested by both performance and technical production, as well as music history and academic theory. Applicants should aspire to careers as session musicians, producers, artists, songwriters, music journalists or promoters.


YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Performance Techniques 1 Introduction to Studio Recording 1 Creative Music Industries Creative Performance 1 Creative Music Production 1 Theory and Listening Skills YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Performance Techniques 2 Advanced Studio Recording 1 Music Portfolio Careers Creative Performance 2 Creative Music Production 2 YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Songwriting Techniques Creative Sound Design YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Music Collaboration Advanced Music Production Entrepreneurship and Artist Development Major Project YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Experimental Music Performance Surround Mixing

Assessment method

This course is assessed via performances, recordings, presentations, written assignments, music theory exercises, music portfolios, and a website or blog. There may also be video presentation or other forms negotiated with your tutor.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


Video evidence of a performance to be submitted.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)80with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.

Solent University can also accept the following English Language Test: Duolingo English Language Test 115 overall with a minimum of 95 in each component. All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Popular Music Performance and Production (RESONANCE -DUDLEY) at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS