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Popular Music Performance (Hons)

Leeds Arts University

36 months
16400 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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On this Popular Music Performance (Hons) course at  Leeds Arts University we see no boundaries between performance, production and composition. We look for creative and versatile musicians who wish to develop their performance, production and technical skills to a professional level in order to prepare for a career in the contemporary music industries.


We recruit musicians to the following principal studies: Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum Kit.

Key facts:

In this Popular Music Performance (Hons) course at  Leeds Arts University  you will study in an artistic environment that offers collaborative opportunities with students across a range of creative disciplines, and have access to our bespoke music facilities. These include: a dedicated 24-track analogue/digital recording studio with ProTools integration and motorised Solid State Logic AWS924 desk; fully-integrated studio and live/ensemble rooms; auditorium with full live PA, lighting rig and video integration; sound-proofed instrumental teaching rooms; backline, microphones and effects processors plus access to our Mac suites.

Performance, production and composition are integral to our approach whilst providing you with a clear understanding of the business of music and the structure of the music industries. Our experienced tutors and visiting industry professionals will support and stimulate the development of technical skills necessary to thrive as a working musician in the 21st century creative world. On graduation, successful BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance students will have the choice of a wide range of career options.

Graduates of the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance will be ready to pursue careers as artists, musical directors, and session, touring and theatrical musicians as well as arrangers, composers and producers.

Programme Structure


  • Live performance is key, so you will participate in Ensemble Performance Workshops. When combined with stagecraft sessions these will give you the opportunity to perform on stage and in the recording studio in various ensembles and as an individual, whilst receiving expert guidance from experienced teaching staff.
  • You will learn instrumental and performance techniques through specialised 1:1 tuition and dynamic ensemble groupings. This will allow you to refine and enhance your approach with the aim of achieving a high level of musical fluency. In addition to the development of your instrumental/vocal skills and the stimulation of your creativity and musical curiosity, the course also uniquely integrates the study of song writing, arranging, stagecraft, music production and entrepreneurial activity.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

    - A portfolio of relevant practical work, demonstrating your ability and enthusiasm for the course you’re applying for.
    - You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C/grade 4 or above. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16400 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.


Living costs for Leeds

637 - 1103 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Seven £2000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee discount for your first year of study. You can apply for the scholarship after receiving an offer to study here. Successful recipients will be informed during the first week of June.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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