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This popular music programme will inspire you as a musician, creative artist 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 heart 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 industry and business knowledge.
Each year you’ll undertake four core modules:
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 digital 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.
You’ll develop your musicianship through practical group classes in rhythm, harmony, arranging, aural and listening skills. You will apply what you have learned in the song-writing modules and will develop your skills in lyric writing, song construction and musical direction.
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 the Artist as Citizen, the Artist as Educator, Professional Placement and have the option to take a BMus elective.
For further details see the Programme Specification.
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 and 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.
Assessments range from performances, written essays, reports, recorded submissions, podcasts and presentations.
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.
We are aiming to recruit a maximum of 32 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, Trinity Laban’s state of the art recording studio is being refurbished. All practice rooms and music writing rooms are linked by our state of the art DANTE studio networking system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, but your level of performance standard will be assessed as part of the audition process.
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.
You will be automatically considered for a financial award following your audition. Awards are allocated:
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.
Our audition and interview process is carried out online. You will have plenty of opportunities to visit Trinity Laban through Open Days and other events throughout the year.
There are three phases to the application:
1. Apply via UCAS Conservatoires.
2. Upload three videos to EMBARK.
3. Interview (online)
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited for a 25-minute interview. The interview will take place online and will be an opportunity for you to discuss the course with the programme team. We will ask you about your interests, aspirations and areas of your creative practice you would like to develop. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the programme.
As part of the interview, there will be a short musicianship assessment designed to establish your understanding of musical language. This assessment will encompass elements of rhythm, harmony and listening skills and might include interval and chord recognition, rhythmic exercises and a discussion in response to a piece of music.
Producers – as part of the interview we will discuss your creative and technical processes.
Following the interview process, there are three outcomes:
Format for video submissions
We recommend that you present two contrasting pieces for the video audition submission. You should show us your best technique, creative flair and originality. If one piece has complex harmony and is very technical, the other work might be simple but have a clear message or a fantastic groove.
On the programme, we celebrate all types of popular music and welcome musicians who play everything from Hip Hop to Soul, Folk, singer-songwriter and the most contemporary styles. We value versatility and open-mindedness.
You can provide links to supplementary materials (live performance, other releases, social media) in the personal statement of your main UCAS Conservatoires application and refer to them in the spoken video.
What do we mean by ‘something new’?
We would like to hear an original work that you have created. This could be a song or an instrumental piece you have written. You can perform this work solo or with others or use a backing track. Please note that we are not looking for professionally produced video content – we are interested in seeing you do your thing.
What do we mean by ‘an existing work’?
We would like to hear you perform a work that has inspired or influenced you in some way. This can be anything in any genre, and we encourage you to choose a work that best demonstrates your creative abilities. You may perform this work solo, with others or with a backing track.
Advice for specific disciplines:
Singer-Songwriters – Your original song allows us to see your writing technique and creative potential. What are you trying to say in your piece? Make sure you practice your accompaniment and make sure that it enhances your singing performance.
Vocals – We love hearing dynamic and expressive voices. Make sure that one piece shows off your vocal range both in terms of pitch and dynamic. Make sure you are singing in tune. You can sing to a backing track on one of the submissions.
Guitar – You might decide to play music from two different styles. You could potentially play on two different guitars or make use of multi-tracking, looping and effects. One piece may be harmonically sophisticated while the other, a simple blues executed with a great time, feel, sound and expression. You can submit work of playing with others or with a backing track.
Keyboards – Across the two pieces you need to show your ability to improvise, your harmonic knowledge and keyboard technique. You can choose to accompany a song or play a piece of music with a backing track.
Bass – Provide contrasting pieces showing your technique and ability to groove and develop a groove. At least one of the pieces has to be with either another musician or with a backing track.
Drummers – Provide contrasting pieces showing your technique and ability to groove and develop a groove. Make sure that your two pieces are contrasting in style.
Other instruments – We welcome applications from any instrument. Make sure that you play works that are relevant to popular music. A piece can be folk, popular music, music from a non-western culture or jazz. In the past, we have had applications from Harp, sax, cello, violin and flutes. All instruments have their place in the world of popular music.
Producers – Producers have an integral place on the programme. Submit two contrasting tracks of music that you have produced. You are encouraged to support the tracks with a screen capture of the DAW so we can understand your creative process. You can also provide links to other work that you have made. Make sure that the two tracks are contrasting, and for example, you might feature other musicians in one track while the second is entirely recorded by yourself. You can tell us about this in a further written document.
Multi-instrumentalists – If you play many instruments, please submit your two videos on different instruments. You can also include links to other tracks in your UCAS application.
Spoken introduction – Let us know your name and your discipline, and the music that you are into. Tell us your musical story and what makes you tick. We are interested in your ability to collaborate and your creative vision. What are your career aims, and what are you looking to get from the BA in Music Performance and Industry? There is no right and wrong for this but show us yourself in your best light an. Refer to the criteria below and see if your vision aligns with what we are looking for. The BA in Music Performance and Industry is taught in English, so your speech should be in English.
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.
What does a prospective student need to understand about the industry? How does the music of the past influence the music of today? …and what does the future look like for music graduates? Leading industry professionals, Moses Boyd, Sahra Gure, Kevin Le Gendre and Eric Karsenty sat down with Tessa Gillett to discuss their perspectives on the industry landscape of today. Watch the video above.
BA Music Performance and Industry Programme Leader, Joe Townsend, sat down with two industry leaders, songwriter-producer Oli Rockberger and singer-songwriter Tara, to discuss their inspiration, process, challenges and insights into songwriting professionally.
Listen to some changemaker music handpicked by the team. This playlist is packed with songs that are genre defining, spark change & challenge expectations.
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:
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).
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.
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 2023|
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