Become a versatile performer in your preferred musical style and broaden your abilities by trying out new styles, with our Music Performance degree in Cambridge.
Our BA (Hons) Music Performance will challenge your creativity. You’ll learn to analyse and deconstruct existing modes of performance, songwriting and composition before finding your own way to create new performances or rework the music of others.
As the course develops, you’ll examine increasingly complex performance scenarios, using them to inform aspects of your own live work. Weekly performance workshops in Year 2 will help you hone your stagecraft in particular styles of performance, while analysis seminars will allow you to explore vocal and instrument techniques by genre.
As a Music Performance student at ARU, you'll create a diverse portfolio of work and learn up-to-date techniques that will prepare you for the modern collaborative creative industries, whether you want to perform and release your own music, create soundtracks for films and games, or play in a band or orchestra.
Many of your modules will be shared with our other music courses, giving you the chance to collaborate with different students and develop all-important skills for your professional life, such as teamworking and time management. You’ll also have opportunities to work with students on our film and computer game degrees, creating soundtracks for their projects.
In Year 2, you’ll broaden your understanding of the modern music industry by seeking and completing a work placement in an area of your own interest. This will also help you learn to self-evaluate your transferable and employability skills and develop them further.
Our optional modules allow you to shape the course for your chosen career. For example, Music in Therapy will introduce you to the theory and practice of music therapy, as practised by registered professionals in the UK, giving you the perfect preparation to continue onto our MA Music Therapy. Composition and Orchestration will allow you to produce a portfolio comprising original compositions of your own, and arrangements of existing works, for orchestra. Audio for Film or Audio for Games will develop your competence in creating soundtracks and sound effect creation, alongside specialist skills like automated dialogue replacement or production of non-linear interactive experiences.
You can even opt for a placement year between years 2 and 3 to get ahead in the creative industries.
The UK music industry contributed £5.8 billion to the UK economy in 2019 - up 11% from £5.2 billion in 2018. (PRS for Music)
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
These psychedelic rockers formed on our Popular Music degree, and have since gone from strength to strength.Find out more about Grass Roof
Create original music to accompany a film, video or other digital moving or still image on this module.Music for the Moving Image
Students worked alongside professional soloists on this production of Britten's Paul Bunyan.
ARU BA (Hons) Popular Music student Sara Almeida-Carvalho and band playing live at Pop-Tronix 2, the Portland Arms, Cambridge, November 2018.Find out more about Poptronix
ARU BA (Hons) Popular Music student band Dora and the Explorers playing live at Poptronix 2, the Portland Arms, Cambridge, November 2018.Find out more about Poptronix
An interview with Rayne and James from Cambridge psychedelic rock band Grass Roof about the benefits of being BA (Hons) Popular Music students at Anglia Ruskin University.Find out more about Poptronix
Anglia Ruskin University band Grass Roof performing at the Pop-Tronix event at the Portland Arms, Cambridge.Find out more about Poptronix
Anglia Ruskin BA (Hons) Popular Music student Dora Papadaki performing at the Pop-Tronix event at Portland Arms, Cambridge.Find out more about Poptronix
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Course Leader, BA Music Performance; Senior Lecturer, Music
Course Leader, BA Music Production/BA Music and Sound Production; Senior Lecturer, Music
Technical Officer/Associate Lecturer
Deputy Head, Music and Music Technology
Emeritus Professor of Music Therapy
Associate Lecturer, Music
Associate Lecturer, Music Performance
Associate Lecturer, Music Business
Throughout our BA (Hons) Music Performance, you’ll not only develop the latest skills and knowledge for a career in music performance, but also get the support you need to grow into a confident and creative graduate with a willingness for lifelong learning, and the desire to seek continuing personal and professional development in all aspects of your career.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have built up a professional portfolio of your music performance projects, which will act as an enhanced CV for you to present to future employers and clients. This might consist of video showreels, commercial music releases, or other demonstrations of your technical expertise, as well as a fully-developed online profile.
You’ll also seek and complete a work placement in an area of your interest in year two, gaining experience of the industry as well as learning to self-evaluate and develop your employability skills.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MA Music Therapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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