This popular music programme will inspire you as a musician, creative and producer to be curious, experimental and collaborative in developing your own personal artistic identity. We provide the rigorous training required for a rewarding career in the music industry. Whether you’re a singer-songwriter, hip-hop producer, electronic artist, folk musician, or all the above, we’ll equip you with the vital skills needed to both succeed in and shape the musical landscape.
This course is the first of its kind for a London conservatoire. Situated in the epicentre of south east London’s creative music scene, Trinity Laban is a future-focussed and socially engaged destination for young artists. The conservatoire’s track record speaks for itself: alumni include Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Head of EMI records Rebecca Allen, and current critically and commercially successful artists Laura Jurd (Dinosaur), Femi Koleoso (Ezra Collective) and Nubya Garcia.
The inbuilt flexibility of the new programme means that it can respond to the fast-paced change of the times in which we live. This programme provides a place of learning, stability, refuge and activism with the ability to make a difference and to give students from all backgrounds a voice through the expression of music. At Trinity Laban, you can be a changemaker.
The BA Music Performance and Industry considers popular music from two perspectives: music for the people, with its dazzling array of genres and sub-genres; and secondly, music of the people, such as traditional music, folk song and global roots music. Students on the programme are not bound by genre and we celebrate musical difference as a strength. The programme recognises that technology and advancements in music production blur the boundaries of genre.
This programme embraces creativity, excellence and originality. We offer an industry facing programme where you will gain core music skills, collaboration techniques and crucial business knowledge.
Each year you’ll undertake four core modules:
Performance and Production
This module will develop your performance skills. This will consist of band projects covering repertoire and original music making. You’ll also learn about stagecraft, studio and computer music production and learn from external professionals in our industry masterclasses. You’ll also receive one-to-one tuition.
You’ll learn about the role of music in society and the changing landscape of the music industry, enabling you to make the most from your music. Topics range from the business side – such as copyright, publishing, licensing and identifying your audience – to broader discussions on how your music fits in the cultural, societal, commercial and political landscape.
Craft and Creativity
You’ll develop your own musicianship through practical group classes in rhythm, harmony, arranging and other core elements. Our song-writing modules will develop your skills in song construction, musical direction and improvisation. Our creative leadership classes equip you with the required skills to become a visionary leader in your own right.
This module includes participation in CoLab, our festival of collaborative learning. Students, staff and external mentors from across the Faculties take a break from their studies and work together on new, experimental projects. Additionally, you’ll work alongside BMus students in Creative leadership, the Artist as Educator, Professional Placement and have the option to take a BMus elective.
Teaching and Learning
How will I learn?
Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on you as the individual, our focus is on your experiences and your self-reflection. You’ll learn through a blend of one-to-one or small group tuition, masterclasses and through meeting external mentors from the industry.
Collaboration is a key part of the Trinity Laban experience; we believe it is at the heart of professional artistic life. Throughout the programme you will work with other students from different programmes and disciplines, whether that’s working side by side or by taking a leadership role.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments range from performances, written essays, reports, recorded submissions, podcasts and presentations.
Frequently asked questions
What is the size of the cohort? For example, are there particular restrictions around the number of singers you would take?
We are aiming to recruit a maximum of 24 students, and we are looking for a healthy mix of instrumentation. Throughout the programme, students will form a variety of bands and we need to ensure that these are well balanced, while still providing you with a tailored learning experience where you can develop your personal voice.
What are the values of the programme?
The BA in Music Performance and Industry values the individual and aims to nurture each students' distinct voice. We encourage our students to be collaborative, forward-thinking and imaginative. The music industry is made up of a wide variety of performers, creators and changemakers; we aim to provide a broad view of the industry to communicate that there is a place for everyone.
Who is it for?
Anybody serious about making their mark with music and developing their talent and creative voice. We welcome producers, singers, songwriters and performers of any instrument.
What genre of music are you looking for on the programme?
We are not looking for any specific genre, we are looking for open-mindedness and the willingness to experiment and specialise as you progress. Throughout the programme, you will learn different styles of music and explore how these can be combined, adjusted and developed to create new work. For example, you will explore songwriting, electronic dance music, Afrobeat, Brazilian music and rock, folk and hip-hop.
Where is the BA Music Performance and Industry going to take place?
In the first year we will be based in Trinity Laban’s Faculty of Music, situated at King Charles Court at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
How will BA Music Performance and Industry students integrate with students on other programmes?
Students will work alongside BMus students during CoLab and Electives. We anticipate that students from all programmes will socialise together, work together and seek further opportunities for collaboration.
Do you have a recording studio?
Yes. Trinity Laban’s state of the art recording studio will be refurbished ready for 2022, and until then, we will hire professional external facilities.
Will there be opportunities to collaborate with dance?
Students on all the music programmes work with the Dance Faculty during CoLab and in extra-curricular activities in the first year. There are further options to work on dance projects throughout the programme.
Will I learn about production?
Yes. This is a core part of the programme and you will develop skills in recording, manipulating and mixing, using Ableton Live and Logic Pro. To get the most out of the programme, it is recommended that you own a laptop with some of these programmes installed. We are developing an award scheme to help students purchase equipment.
Do I need to be able to read music?
There are many ways in which musicians communicate, including standard music notation, chord charts and tab. As a part of the programme, you will develop your skills in writing and reading all of these forms. As a guide to the skill-level required, we expect you to be begin the programme around Grade 5 music theory standard.
Can I join the programme as a producer?
Absolutely! You will have to show skills and knowledge in production with the ability to manipulate sound and show the potential for highly competent listening and creativity.
Do I need to have a grade exam in my specialism?
No, but your level of performance standard will be assessed as part of the audition process.
Are there any instruments you would not consider?
No, but you must be able to play your instrument to a good level. We tailor the year-group to encourage playing together. A balance of band instruments, singers, songwriters and producers is desirable.
Are there any scholarships available?
You will be automatically considered for a financial award following your audition. Awards are allocated:
- for outstanding performance ability, demonstrated at audition;
I don't know if the programme is right for me. Is there anyone I can speak to before applying?
We are happy to put you in contact with a member of the team to discuss any element of the programme. Please email email@example.com Alternatively; you may wish to consider a consultation lesson with one of our teachers.
Total contact hours: 568.5 hours
Total self-directed study hours: 3081.5 hours
Total learning and teaching hours: 3650 hours
This programme assumes 3650 learning and teaching hours. Contact time is defined as tuition which is delivered by a tutor. It includes performances, individual tuition, larger group tuition, seminars, departmental & academic classes, directed rehearsals, masterclasses and supervised study. Contact and self-study time are itemised in module descriptions.
After you graduate
Eyes on the Future
Right from the start of your studies, you’ll be connecting with the industry, acquiring the skills needed to thrive in your art form and developing professional work experience. Our aim is that you graduate with the skills and mindset to form a meaningful career in a wide variety of roles.
We welcome applications from musicians of any genre and on any instrument or voice. We are looking for students who show talent and originality in performance and production with the ability to apply technique, display potential and a desire to learn.
We welcome applications from those who have not experienced the traditional route into higher education but display exceptional fluency and flair in creative music performance or production.
Applicants are normally expected to have one of the following options below:
- Two A-level passes (of which one should normally be Music) or equivalent qualifications;
- BTEC Extended Diploma at levels MMM or BTEC Level 3 Diploma at D*D*; or
- Relevant prior experience may also be considered.
English language Requirements:
IELTS (General or Academic Training) minimum 5.5 in all four areas or Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English level II or above. Information can be found on our website.
If you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study in the UK you may require a Secure English Language Test (SELT).
You have the choice of either attending an audition in person, or submitting the information online. The requirements are as follows:
Perform two contrasting pieces of work:
- An original piece that you have created
- A cover of a track which has inspired/influenced you
Please perform your pieces solo, or by accompanying yourself. You can also use a backing track if you prefer.
Provide a portfolio of work of between 3 - 5 pieces. You might also wish to provide some text to describe the materials.
You will be given a choice of materials to use to make a new work. For example, these may include;
- Lyrics of a song;
- A melody or chord progression;
- Stems for a remix (stems are individual audio tracks);
- A concept.
To complete the task, you are required to take one or two of the items as a starting point for a piece of music that is up to two minutes in length. The work can be presented as a live performance or as a recording. We will ask you about your creative process.
The items will be permanently available on the Trinity Laban website and a link to the materials will be sent to prospective auditionees prior to their audition date.
In total, all music performed should not last longer than 15 minutes in total and should reflect your strengths/interests.
In addition to the above, you will be required to attend a discussion with a member of the team to discuss your ideas and interests. As part of this discussion, you may be asked:
- Why you would like to enrol on the programme at Trinity Laban
- Aspirations and your approach to music
- Artists who influence and inspire you
- Your prior music-making experience
- What challenges you have experienced in your music-making and how have overcome them
Frequently asked questions
Are there any pieces you wouldn’t recommend I perform at my audition?
You can perform music from any style that you like. Trinity Laban promotes equality and diversity and will not accept any work that expresses profanity or puts an individual or group of people down based on their identity. If you wish to discuss your audition piece, drop an email to the contact below.
I can’t afford the audition fee – is there anything I can do?
Should I choose in person or online?
It is up to you as both audition formats are considered equally.
Many applicants like to attend in person as it allows you to visit Trinity Laban and get a feel for the place.
I am auditioning for the BMus but would also like to be considered for this programme. What do I need to do?
Assuming that you have not accepted a place elsewhere on UCAS Conservatoires, it is possible to add a choice to your application. Please note it is not possible to be considered for this programme using your BMus audition.
Fees and Finance
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy. Fees may increase by up to 5% each year.
Accommodation and Living Costs
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the fees and finance section.
|Location||King Charles Court|
|Duration||3 years (full time)|
|Start Date||September 2021|
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