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Undergraduate Prospectus


creating excellence in music


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Introduction. ............................................................................................... 06 Ethos..................................................................................................................... 08 Degree Cities: London. .............................................................. 10 Degree Cities: Birmingham................................................. 12 Degree Cities: Manchester.................................................. 14 Other Undergraduate Centres........................................ 16 Partners: RNCM................................................................................... 18 Partners: BCU......................................................................................... 20 Other Partners........................................................................................ 22 Open Days. .................................................................................................. 23 Industry Partners................................................................................ 24 Fees & Financial Support....................................................... 26

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BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance. .......... 30 BMus Popular Music.................................................................... 42 BA (Hons) Music Business. ................................................. 50 Artist Development (Level 4)............................................. 60 Music Educator (Level 4)........................................................ 70

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Student Support.................................................................................. 78 Contacts.......................................................................................................... 82

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‘Studying at RNCM was a really valuable experience and has undoubtedly helped to shape me into the musician that I am today.’

Sarah Newton

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introduction The UK music industry is respected throughout the world for innovation and progressive thinking with an enviable reputation for the quality and cultural heritage of its music. It is this background that infuses Access to Music’s undergraduate courses with added value and meaning, making them a vital part of the musical training of the modern musician. Access to Music is the UK’s leading popular music college, designing and delivering courses and apprenticeships at music centres across the UK to around 1500 participants each year. For its undergraduate provision, Access to Music has partnered with prestigious institutions who have an international reputation in the field of music and education. These partnerships, together with Access to Music’s expertise and experience, ensure a unique musical experience awaits all who engage with us.

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ethos Access to Music’s undergraduate programmes aim to educate, train, and develop students’ practical and professional skills for successful, sustainable music careers. Our centres are inspirational places to learn, teach, and work, where students are prepared for a lifetime of professional and personal growth. Our teaching staff are high-standard academics and active professionals in the music industry, working as session musicians, performers, composers, musical directors, writers, managers, promoters, publishers, and performing or recording artists in their own right. The curriculum and teaching methods are continually developed, assessed, and redefined to educate musicians to be creative, collaborative, passionate and musically literate; to be problem solvers and entrepreneurs who know how to use new and emerging technologies, and to be strong communicators who are adaptable, tolerant, and open to new ideas. We set high standards for achievement and believe that the selfdiscipline needed for excellence, the empathy required for music making, and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity, are critical to success in any pursuit, musical or otherwise.

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The Yellowjackets Masterclass, RNCM

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degree cities: london • BA (Hons) Music Business: see page 50 London is one of the most important cities in the world in media and the arts, culture and creativity. It is the centre of the UK music industry and is home to record labels, publishers, management, digital technology companies, venues, agencies and music organisations.

The city is home to world class theatre in the West End and classical music in the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the iconic Royal Albert Hall. It also boasts major sporting teams and is home to the 2012 Olympic Games.

There is a vibrant music and cultural scene with gigs, concerts, theatre and exhibitions happening in major international venues such as the O2 Arena, Wembley Arena, and the Hammersmith Apollo, to the Electric Ballroom, Roundhouse, and Ronnie Scott’s.

London is a diverse, multicultural city with all the attractions of a major capital. It has a fascinating history, which can be explored both in its museums and on its streets. London oozes style and sets the trend in music, fashion and food.

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degree cities: birmingham • BMus Popular Music: see page 42 • BA (Hons) Music Business: see page 50 Studying in Birmingham offers you the chance to live in an exciting, diverse city with world-class restaurants, entertainment and shops. Birmingham is home to more than one million people from a range of different cultures and ethnic groups, including the UK’s largest student population outside London. There’s a host of great live music destinations to be found across the city – from intimate jazz bars to the famous O2 Academy, The HMV Institute, and Jools Holland’s Jam House.

Major rock bands and artists play regularly at the National Exhibition Centre’s LG Arena, which is about 10 miles from the city, and the National Indoor Arena in the city centre. Classical music finds a home at the Symphony Hall, an internationallyacclaimed concert venue that is part of the International Convention Centre complex and home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Birmingham Conservatoire also has an excellent concert venue in the Adrian Boult Hall, where both student and professional orchestras regularly perform.

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degree cities: manchester • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance: see page 30 • BA (Hons) Music Business: see page 50 Manchester is Europe’s second largest creative, digital and media hub and has a vibrant popular music scene rooted in a rich cultural history. The city is home to major international live performance venues such as the

MEN Arena, O2 Manchester Apollo, The Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Academy, and Northern Quarter venues including Night & Day Café, Matt & Phreds, The Ruby Lounge and Band on the Wall.

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Manchester is an exciting cosmopolitan centre with a vibrant mix of cultures from around the world. It has renowned art galleries and theatres, a colourful China Town area plus the superb South Asian shops and restaurants of Rusholme. For shoppers, Manchester is a treat, being the largest retail city in the north of England with a wide range of shops from major stores to

boutiques and is only a short distance from the Trafford Centre. It is renowned for having two of the biggest football clubs in the world, a test match cricket ground and numerous Commonwealth Games sporting venues. As a student city, Manchester is second to none, home to two universities and numerous specialist colleges, including the Royal Northern College of Music.

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other undergraduate centres • Artist Development: see page 60 • Music Educator: see page 70

access to music centres 1. Access To Music Birmingham Heath Mill Studios 68 Heath Mill Lane Digbeth BIRMINGHAM B9 4AR

4. Access To Music Darlington The Forum Music Centre Borough Road DARLINGTON Co. Durham DL1 1SG

2. Access To Music Brighton Enterprise Point Melbourne Street BRIGHTON BN2 3LH

5. Access To Music Lincoln 3rd Floor Silvergate House 32 Clasketgate LINCOLN LN2 1JS

3. Access To Music Bristol 309 Central Park Petherton Road Hengrove BRISTOL BS14 9BZ

6. Access To Music London British Academy of New Music Sugar House Yard Sugar House Lane LONDON E15 2QS

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7. Access To Music Manchester Abraham Moss Centre 140 Crescent Road MANCHESTER M8 5UF 8. Access To Music Norwich 135-137 King Street NORWICH NR1 1QH 9. Access to Music York The Jam Factory 106 Eldon Street YORK YO31 7NH


validating partner: Royal Northern College of Music • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance: see page 30 The RNCM, formed in 1973 from the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music with the Northern School of Music, has, for many years, been the first choice institution for a large number of aspiring professional musicians from the UK and overseas. Students’ education and training is supported by an international teaching faculty of the highest calibre and facilities unparalleled among conservatoires in the UK. Four public venues host a

performance programme that is unique in its range and quality, featuring a rolling programme of student performances alongside visiting artists and ensembles. Music is everywhere, and the energy between students, artists and audiences powers the RNCM’s reputation as a major international centre for education, training and performance.

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validating partner:

Birmingham City University • BMus Popular Music: see page 42 • BA (Hons) Music Business: see page 50 Birmingham City University is one of the biggest universities in the UK. Students are attracted from all backgrounds, from across the region, the UK and the rest of the world. The University has six academic faculties offering over 350 courses, from foundation level, through undergraduate degree programmes, to taught masters courses and research doctorates.

As the driving force behind the creative provision at Birmingham City University, the Faculty of Performance, Media and English comprises four distinctive centres of creative excellence based across the city: Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham School of Acting, the School of English and Birmingham School of Media.

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other awarding bodies:Rockschool • Artist Development: see page 60 • Music Educator: see page 70

Music educator Norton York and his playing partner Simon Pitt founded Rockschool in 1991, with a mission to offer rock musicians the same access to qualifications and training as classical musicians.

The City and Guilds of London Institute (City & Guilds) is a leading vocational education organisation. City & Guilds offers more than 500 qualifications over the whole range of industry sectors through 8500 colleges and training providers in 81 countries worldwide.

In 1993 Rockschool launched the very first integrated rock music graded music exams for electric guitar, bass and drums. Since then the company and the syllabuses have grown and developed to cover piano, vocals, higher level diplomas, and vocational qualifications.

Two million people every year start City & Guilds qualifications, which span all levels from basic skills to the highest standards of professional achievement (honours, masters and doctorate levels equivalent).

Access to Music has been a partner with Rockschool for 10 years and currently offers a range of popular music programmes from Level 1 to 4, including Music Practitioner qualifications and the Artist Development course.

In 2007, City & Guilds launched a suite of teacher training qualifications for teachers in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Access to Music has a grade 1 rating from City & Guilds for the quality of its teacher training programmes.

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open days The Royal Northern College of Music holds open days in late September and March. Birmingham City University has open days in October and June. Access to Music has a presence at all these events. In addition Access to Music has its own series of open days at it centres. Please see our website for details.

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INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Access to Music works with a variety of organisations and companies in the UK music industry to bring experiences and opportunities to its students. A selection are listed here.

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fees & financial support Access to Music and its Partner Universities charge tuition fees to all students for each year of study. The UK Government regulates fees for all UK and EU undergraduate students.

Music Educator – City & Guilds • Tuition Fee: £546 • Enrolment Fee: £50 • CRB Check: £56

Fees for our undergraduate degree programmes are as follows:

Please note that those on Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group - ESA WRAG) should be eligible for fee remission (tuition fee only).

BA Popular Music Performance – RNCM • £9000 per year x 3 years for UK/EU Students • £15400 per year x 3 years for International Students BMus Popular Music – BCU • £6000 per year x 2 years for UK/EU Students • £9900 per year x 2 years for international Students BA Music Business – BCU • £6000 per year x 2 years for UK/EU Students • £9900 per year x 2 years for international Students Artist Development – Rockschool • Tuition Fee: £1323 • Enrolment Fee: £50 • Resource Fee: £90 • FREE tuition and enrolment if you are under 18 on 31 August 2012 • £5950 for international students

Fees for Artist Development and Music Educator are paid directly to Access to Music.

Tuition Fee Status

To determine the status of students for fees purposes, Access to Music and its Partner Universities follow regulations issued by the UK Government. Broadly, in order to qualify for UK and EU status you must have lived continuously in the UK or other EU country for purposes other than full-time education for at least three years prior to September in the year in which the course starts. If you do not qualify for UK and EU status, you will be enrolled as an international student.

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there is no payment of a fee to the College, the loan is paid back through the tax system after graduation

Equivalent and Lower Qualifications

According to UK Government policy, UK and EU students who are studying for a qualification which is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification which they have already gained, are not eligible for funding from the Higher Education Funding Council.

Financial Support for UK Students

UK students may be eligible for the following support: • Student loan to cover tuition fees in full • Student maintenance loan to help with accommodation and living costs • Maintenance Grant assessed on a sliding scale dependent upon household income – the Maintenance Grant will reduce the entitlement to the repayable maintenance loan • Special Support Grant is available to students in receipt of means tested benefits and is assessed on the same basis as the Maintenance Grant, except that it does not reduce the entitlement to the maintenance loan • Possibility of support from the Access to Learning Fund for those with very limited means • UK students with disabilities can also apply for Disabled Students Allowance for some types of condition • EU students can apply for a fee loan to cover fees in full • For UK and EU students receiving a fee loan

Financial Support for International Students

There are a number of organisations to which international students can apply for financial support. A good place to start is the ‘Funding Your Studies’ section of the British Council website www.britishcouncil.org

Payment of Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are payable at registration at the start of the academic year. For UK and EU students the fee will normally be paid directly through the Student Loans Company. You will need to provide proof of this by enrolment. For students paying fees themselves, it may be possible to pay by installments. The fees are payable in UK pounds. Tuition Fees – what do I pay and when? • • •

Students will not be required to pay any tuition fees up-front or until after graduation and earning at least £21,000 per year Tuition fee loans will be available to cover the full cost of tuition, regardless of household income No matter how much you owe, you only pay back according to how much you earn above £21,000

Please visit www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance to access further information on financial support for students.

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courses ‘At the RNCM I am surrounded by like-minded musicians which helps me develop my own skills as a musician. The conservatoire instills a sense of discipline in an atmosphere that is constructively competitive, which helps me immensely. We have inspirational tutors and work in a professional environment with performance venues, rehearsal spaces, master classes and international visiting artists.’

Will Harvard

RNCM student

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BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance

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‘Studying at the RNCM is an incredible experience. It enables me to work with musicians from a range of musical backgrounds and teaching staff who are amongst the very best in the business. Manchester is a great city with a huge amount of performance opportunities and many musicians to create projects with.’

Matt Hannam RNCM student

BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance Full time 3-year degree Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester The BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance degree, validated by the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), provides intensive training for instrumentalists and singers with a high level of performing ability who intend to work as freelance musicians in the popular music industry, or as a preparation for postgraduate study. The course comprises 360 credits over 3 years, with half of the programme dedicated to developing skills in your Principal Study. In addition to the rigorous instrumental/vocal teaching, the programme also develops your academic and creative skills, and cultivates business acumen and entrepreneurial activity through employment and employability training. The course is delivered at the Royal Northern College of Music, Access to Music Manchester and Blueprint Studios, where you will work with teaching staff who are high-standard academics and active professionals in the music industry, working as session musicians, recording artists, composers, musical directors, writers, managers, promoters and performers in their own right. 31


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course content Principal Study (180 credits)

Principal Study is at the core of your training and focuses on your technical instrumental/ vocal development through individual and group tuition. You will gain skills in effective practice strategies leading to solo performance recitals, and ensemble rehearsal techniques leading to live and studio performances. You will also learn how to integrate music technology into performance, in both live and studio situations. In your 3rd year you will have the opportunity to devise, produce and realise a final major performance project. Principal Study available in: • Bass Guitar • Drum Kit • Guitar • Piano / Keyboards • Vocals

Musicianship (120 credits)

Musicianship underpins your technical and practical skills development through the study of music theory, aural perception, transcription, sight-reading and improvisation. You will have the opportunity to apply these to your original work in the composing, arranging, and musical direction modules, in which you will also be encouraged to explore interpretative and theoretical skills.

Professional Development (60 credits)

Professional Development gives you the knowledge and skills to establish and sustain a career as a self-employed freelance musician. You will study music business, finance, selfpromotion, music workshops, instrumental and vocal teaching, marketing and networking, beginning the process of finding employment opportunities during the programme. You will also gain a contextual understanding of the historical, psychological, sociological and political elements of the popular music industry, alongside the development of academic research, writing and presentation skills.

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entry requirements • A high level of performing ability – equivalent to ABRSM/ Rockschool/Trinity grade 8 • At least 18 years of age on 31 December in the year of entry • Pass in GCE A level (A2) in 2 subjects, or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a music related subject, or international equivalent • 4 passes (A*–C) at GCSE including Maths and English • Pass at ABRSM Grade 5 theory • Candidates with Scottish, Irish or other equivalent qualifications should contact Admissions on +44 (0) 161 907 5260 • For full audition information and requirements please visit www.rncm.ac.uk and www.accesstomusic.co.uk

how to apply • Applications must be made through CUKAS: www.cukas.ac.uk/students/apply/ Conservatoire Code Name: RNCM Conservatoire Code: R57 Course Code: 201F • For more information please visit www.accesstomusic.co.uk

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‘I’ve gained so much from studying in such a musically alive city. I’ve not only progressed as a drummer but also as a musician. The course provides excellent tuition in musicianship and instrumental technique. Plus, being at the RNCM gives you chance to perform with so many different players. The highlight was drumming for the RNCM Session orchestra.’

Will Unger RNCM student

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RNCM Session Orchestra, RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester

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‘The course provided me with a package containing all the sorts of things that were missing for me as a musician. The other key element is to do with the people you meet. A conservatoire is a special environment, one of excellence, and it rubs off on you.’

Jamie Brewster RNCM student

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success stories Chelsey Bamford

On successful completion of the programme Chelsey joined Craig David’s band touring Europe playing live gigs and appearing on numerous TV shows. She is currently working with Cee Lo Green and Tinchy Stryder. “This is an excellent course for singers and musicians who wish to work as professional performers. For me, the best part is the one-on-one instrumental/vocal tuition with established session musicians. It’s so inspirational and it’s very rare to get world-class conservatoire standard education in popular music.”

Thom Fripp

Thom is an outstanding student who was able to successfully combine his studies with appearing on Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds European tour. ‘The Popular Music Performance Degree has been invaluable in training me to become a self employed musician. I have particularly valued the regular opportunities to play with other experienced musicians and record at some of the UK’s best studios. The course tutors promote an excellent attitude, encouraging students to be as versatile as possible in the music industry, which is an essential characteristic for any modern day session musician.’

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The Yellowjackets

Masterclass Clinicians

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The Yellowjackets are an American jazz fusion R&B outfit who have released some 20 albums since their formation in 1981. They had two tracks featured on the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home film.

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BMus Popular Music Accelerated 2-year degree Birmingham The BMus in Popular Music, validated by Birmingham City University, provides vocational training for musicians who intend to progress into the contemporary music industry to work as freelance popular musicians. It aims to attract students from a wide range of musical backgrounds and experiences and provide the skills required to progress into employment, self-employment and/ or higher-level study. The course comprises 360 credits over an accelerated 2 year period. It is designed to equip you with the skills required to operate across a range of freelance music opportunities with a focus on music performance. You will need to appreciate the development of your own skills, and how to exploit them in order to reach their potential market, and will expand their ability to contextualise, to think critically and to apply theories, to allow you to develop as an individual.

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course content Instrumental Skills (90 credits)

You will engage (both theoretically and practically) with the stylistic components of specific genres on your instrument within the context of expanding your repertoire base and interpretative knowledge. Focus will also include performance presentation and the development of communication skills. You will be encouraged to develop and refine an effective practice routine in order to set goals and reflect on your development.

Ensemble Skills (90 credits)

The Ensemble Skills modules enable you to develop your practical ability to rehearse and perform effectively within a contemporary popular music ensemble. You will also study the integration of music technology into performance and will develop arranging and musical direction skills. Throughout the Instrumental and Ensemble Skills modules, you will be encouraged to understand ways in which your growing skill base may be exploited as a ‘business’ within the contemporary popular music industry.

Musicianship (90 credits)

The Musicianship modules aim to give you a closer appreciation of the link between practical and theoretical musical knowledge through development of your understanding of theoretical components in a written and aural sense. You will study theory, aural, sight-reading, arranging, song writing and composing.

Music Industry (90 credits)

You will engage in a wide range of industry related study designed to equip you with the skills required to work as a freelance musician within the popular music industry. These include: • The Anatomy of the Music Industry • The Popular Musician in Society • Marketing and eCommerce • Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry • Project Management • Final Major Project

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entry requirements • At least 18 years of age on 31 December on the year of entry. • Candidates will normally be required to achieve 200 UCAS tariff points or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a music-related subject. • 4 passes (A*-C) at GCSE including Maths and English Language. • Applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their interview. • You are required to submit an online application form, together with an online link to a MP3 or YouTube recording demonstrating your performing ability (3-4 minutes). In addition, you will be required to upload an example of your academic written work. • More details are available online at www.accesstomusic.co.uk

how to apply • Applications must be made through UCAS: www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply/ • University Code: B25 • Course Code: TBC • For more information please visit www.accesstomusic.co.uk

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Richard Niles

Guest Speaker

Richard Niles is an American composer, arranger, producer, guitarist, broadcaster and journalist. He has worked with numerous artists including Kate Bush, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, James Brown and Westlife. He has also created media music for Max Factor, McDonald’s and Toshiba.

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Hannah Vasanth

Masterclass Clinician

Hannah is currently working as keyboard player for Jessie J and has played alongside Rhianna, The Sugarbabes, Charlotte Church and Deep Purple’s Jon Lord. She also creates music in her own right and has contributed music to adverts for Barclay’s Bank and EDF Energy.

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BA (Hons) Music Business Accelerated 2-year degree Birmingham, London & Manchester The BA (Hons) in Music Business, validated by Birmingham City University, provides students with the key skills required for a management career in the music industry. Students will be working on projects designed to provide hands on experience of creating and building music industry projects. In these projects they will be guided and mentored by working professionals. The programme also recognises the effect of new technologies on the creative industries and encourages students to use technology to develop their own ventures. 50


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BA (Hons) Music Business

The course comprises 360 credits over an accelerated 2 year period. It is designed to equip you with the skills required to operate across a range of freelance music opportunities with a focus on music business. You will need to appreciate the development of your own skills, and how to exploit them in order to reach your potential market, and will expand your ability to contextualise, to think critically and to apply theories, to allow you to develop as an individual.


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course content Business and Management (90 credits)

You will develop an understanding the fundamentals of business and management including, organizational structure, finance, managing people and strategy and decision making, and apply this to your own music business enterprises.

Music Industry (90 credits)

The Music Industry modules will enable you to understand of how the music industry works, how it has changed and how the industry might evolve in the future including units on, music marketing, law and contracts, publishing and emerging business models.

Technology (90 credits)

Recognising the huge impact of new technologies on the music industry, you will gain skills in e-commerce, social networking, and web site development and applying these skills to exploit commercial enterprises.

Business Development (90 credits)

In association with Atom Live events and other local and national organisations you will develop and deliver a number of bespoke industry projects including events, marketing campaigns, online distribution sites etc. Through working on real projects you will grow your industry networks and contacts. • Anatomy of the Music Industry • Music Industry Marketing • Entrepreneurship • Finance • Business Principles • Emerging Business Models • Publishing and Intellectual Property • Music Law and Contracts • Live Event Management • E-Commerce • Web Site Development • E-Marketing and Social Networking • Strategy and Decision Making • Project Management • Final Major Project


entry requirements • At least 18 years of age on 31 December on the year of entry. • Candidates will normally be required to achieve 200 UCAS tariff points or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a music-related subject. • 4 passes (A*-C) at GCSE including Maths and English Language. • Applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their interview. • You are required to submit an online application form, together with an online link to a portfolio of work or experience in music related events. Successful applicants will be invited for interview • More details are available online at www.accesstomusic.co.uk

how to apply • Applications must be made through UCAS: www.ucas.ac.uk/students/apply/ • University Code: B25 • Course Code: TBC • For more information please visit www.accesstomusic.co.uk

next steps The degree can lead on to further study at Masters level, or directly into work in the music industry or wider creative sector.

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‘The Artist Development course offers every student an opportunity to unlock knowledge stored in us naturally and the chance to put this knowledge into practice. I have developed as an artist, a musician and most importantly as a person.’

Trudi Moasimo Artist Development, London

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Artist Development 1-Year Rockschool Diploma (Level 4) See website for participating centres

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The programme is ideal for music artists such as singer/ songwriters, producers/composers and groups or group members.

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Artist Development

I had so many amazing experiences - I really got to know myself as an artist and got to meet some wonderful musicians. If you are serious about your own development as an artist I would highly recommend this course.’

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course content Deconstructing the Artist (16 credits)

You will embark on a 12-week research project examining the inspirational origins of your own music making. You will use your findings to explore and evaluate a range of industry topics including branding, marketing, A&R processes, labels and label structures, managements and performance.

Artist Development (16 credits)

You will begin to construct a detailed and targeted 3-month artist development plan. Your plan will outline how you intend to develop in the key areas already identified. You will be expected to document your own development using a variety of methods and present your this to a tutor panel.

Artist Presentation (24 credits)

You will embark on a real-life project to test the impact of your artist brand in a public setting. Using recognised research methods you will gather information, predominantly from live performances, showcases and online feedback to distributed material, to reach a better understanding of how your work is perceived and understood.

Artist Re-evaluation (8 credits)

The process reaches its conclusion with a thorough evaluative analysis of your own artist development together with detailed strategy for the future.

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entry requirements • At least 18 years of age • Pass in GCE A level (A2) in 2 subjects (or 2 Scottish Advanced Highers), or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a music-related subject. • Applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their application. • Students who do not have English as a first language are expected to meet the IELTS 5.5 standard. • More details are available online at www.accesstomusic.co.uk

how to apply • Applications must be made through www.accesstomusic.co.uk

next steps The Artist Development course can lead onto further study at undergraduate level, including onto the second year of our BMus Popular Music Performance and HND Popular Music courses, if admissions criteria are met. It can also provide progression into the music industry and the creative sector.

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Artist Development

‘The course has really inspired me to pursue my dream of being a successful musician. The opportunities and experiences have developed my musical skills and knowledge. Access to Music has given me the chance to make amazing contacts and friends.’

Aled Sion Williams, Artist Development

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success stories Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is now a household name on both sides of the Atlantic, but in 2009 he was still making a name for himself and he decided to come to Access to Music London to do the Artist Development course. He left after completing the course, having been an excellent student and well on the road to success. ‘I wanted to get some experience - it sounded like it would be a wicked course and it gave me the opportunity to move to London and gig every night. It gave me the first push and I loved the freedom. Obviously you are there to learn, but they understood that half of the learning you needed for the industry was outside the classroom with gigs and studio time.’

Laura ‘Kitty’ Cowell

Laura Joined the course as a working musician with substantial experience both as a writer/performer, but also as ex-signed artist. Her experience of the music industry had left her feeling confused and uncertain about what her next steps should be. The course provided the perfect environment to reflect and rebuild her career - ‘It was the perfect course for me because it gave me the chance to further my musicianship and song writing abilities, as well as learn about all aspects of the industry. It has has made me a stronger more capable artist. The course pushed my artist capabilities as well as the business and branding understanding that you need to be a competent artist; I don’t think i could have found a better course!”

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Miranda Sawyer Guest Speaker

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Jazzie B

Guest Speaker

Jazzie B is a founding member of pioneering UK nu-soul outfit Soul II Soul best known for their 1989 hit ‘Back to Life’. He is also a DJ on BBC Radio London and took part in the TV series Jamie’s Dream School.

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Music Educator 1-Year (Part-Time) City & Guilds CTLLS See website for participating centres

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The Music Educator (CTLLS), validated by City & Guilds, a bespoke Theisprogramme is professional delivered through blended learning, consisting of teacher training programme for musicians 3-daywill sessions who wish tointensive teach. You studyonce the a month, plus at home and a theory and practice ofstudy teaching, principles teaching placement. There are of learning, teaching, assessment and4 units study generating 24 credits. and evaluation, of confidence, communication interpersonal skills, are anddelivered your professional Sessions by highly role and responsibilities as a teacher. skilled and experienced music educators and include small group exercises, observations, discussions and practical teaching tasks. You are supported at distance through comprehensive online resources and tutorial support via email, telephone and Skype. It is the perfect way for non-graduate musicians to get into teaching.

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course content Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (6 credits)

Here you will learn about teaching and learning approaches, how to plan and prepare and how to deliver inclusive sessions which motivate learners. You will also develop an understanding of different assessment methods and the need for record keeping.

Planning and Enabling Learning (9 credits)

You will plan for inclusive learning by selecting, using and analysing a range of teaching strategies to meet learners’ needs in a range of contexts. You will also demonstrate understanding of how the core specifications in literacy, numeracy, language and ICT relate to your own specialist area.

Principles and Practice of Assessment (3 credits) You will learn about key concepts and principles of assessment, how to use different types of assessment and the role of feedback and questioning in the assessment of learning. You will also monitor, assess, record and report learner progress and achievement to meet the requirements of the qualification and employer.

Delivering Employability Skills (6 credits)

You will demonstrate the personal qualities and skills required to influence employability, particularly in the creative industries. You will demonstrate the ability to plan and deliver creative, innovative and inclusive sessions which reflect on the needs of a changing market place.

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entry requirements • At least 18 years of age • Criminal Records Bureau check • Pass in GCE A level (A2) in 2 subjects (or 2 Scottish Advanced Highers), or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a music-related subject. • 4 passes (A*-C) at GCSE including Maths and English Language. • Applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their application. • Students who do not have English as a first language are expected to meet the IELTS 5.5 standard. • More details are available online at www.accesstomusic.co.uk

how to apply • Applications must be made through www.accesstomusic.co.uk

next steps The CTLLS qualification can lead on to further study on a DTLLS teacher training qualification which is widely available. It can also lead directly into teaching in the further education sector or privately.

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success stories Rhoda Fisher

Rhoda began tutoring students at home while working with music providers in the various London boroughs. In 2008, she gained a vocal tutoring post at a new school in Lambeth where she taught a choir of 180 students and became cocoordinator for the school’s singing provision, directing performances at the Barbican. She is now a Deputy Head Teacher at the school. ‘The course gave me the knowledge and understanding as well as the confidence to apply for teaching jobs. Everything I learned has stood me in good stead and I use the skills I developed every day in my work at the school. I highly recommend the course as a way of beginning to build a career in education.’

Lee Morris

Over the last ten years Lee has played drum kit on London’s West End musical theatre circuit. Credits include the 30th Anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show, Fame the Musical, Dancing in the Streets, Footloose, We Will Rock You, Grease etc. He has also supported Ronan Keating, Michael McDonald and Iggy Pop. ‘I have always enjoyed teaching, but wanted to become a professional teacher as well as a professional performer. This is a great course for developing those skills and for offering non-graduates a way into the teaching profession.’

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Access to Music and its Partner Universities charge tuition fees to all students for each year of study. The UK Government regulates fees for all UK and EU undergraduate students. Fees for our undergraduate degree programmes are as follows: Popular Music Performance – RNCM • £9000 per year x 3 years for UK/EU Students • £15,400 per year x 3 years for International Students Popular Music Performance – BCU • £6000 per year x 2 years for UK/EU Students • £9000 per year x 2 years for international Students Music Business – BCU • £6000 per year x 2 years for UK/EU Students • £9000 per year x 2 years for international Students Artist Development – Rockschool • Tuition Fee: £1323 • Enrolment Fee: £50 • Resource Fee: £90 • FREE tuition and enrolment if you are under 18 on 31 August 2012 • £5950 for international students Music Educator – City & Guilds • Tuition Fee: £546 • Enrolment Fee: £50 • CRB Check: £56 Please note that those on Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group - ESA WRAG) should be eligible for fee remission (tuition fee only). Fees for Artist Development and Music Educator are paid directly to Access to Music.

Tuition Fee Status

To determine the status of students for fees purposes, Access to Music and its Partner Universities follow regulations issued by the UK Government. Broadly, in order to qualify for UK and EU status

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student support Degree Courses Access to Music degree students have access to the full range of student support services provided by our Partner Universities.

Welfare, Counselling & Financial Guidance

Dedicated Student Services teams are your first point of contact if you need advice or guidance on anything from welfare to student finance, both before you join the course and during your studies. There are free and confidential counselling services for students to discuss any personal concerns.

Libraries

The Libraries have a wide range of materials to support learning, research and performance, and is a key resource for all areas of your degree programme. You will have access to books and printed music, magazines and journals, together with a collection of audio-visual materials including commercial videos, television broadcast recordings, and an extensive archive of live performances. The Libraries also offer online access to e-books, databases, selected journals and audio-visual streaming services. Within the Libraries you will have access to

computers with music software as well as standard programs, listening stations and viewing rooms. Library staff have the expertise to help you make the best use of the resources.

IT Support

In addition to computers in the Libraries, there are IT Studios where all the computers have the latest copy of Sibelius software installed. The IT teams will support your learning with tools including an online portfolio management system, video conferencing facilities and the Access to Music Moodle system.

Help for Students with Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

Access to Music has a diverse student population and welcomes applications from students with disabilities. We are committed to providing specific support for students with disabilities and we encourage you to declare your disability or any additional support needs you may have. The Student Welfare Departments at our Partner Universities offer a range of advice and support throughout the application process and for the duration of your course. This includes: • Advice on specialist equipment • Assistance with applying for the Disabled

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Students Allowance Access to special arrangements for examinations and assessments Individual support and guidance Learning Support

Our Partner Universities are able to offer Learning Support where required. The support provided can include: • Help with developing numeracy and literacy skills • Time management and organization • Essay writing, and support with researching and completing assignments Specialist diagnostic assessment for dyslexia is available, where appropriate.

Student Union

Access to Music degree students will have membership of the National Union of Students through our Partner Universities. You will also have access to the full range of Student Union services and support including sports and leisure facilities, societies, musical ensembles, teams and clubs, and student councils, committees and forums.

Accommodation

There are a range of housing options, from self-contained flats to adapted accommodation for students with special requirements. Our Partner University housing is safe, secure and affordable and offers you the chance to live and study close to the city centre. For more details on accomadation options, you should visit the following websites:

www.rncm.ac.uk/component/content/ article/61/67.html www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/accommodation For students on the Access to Music 1 Year Level 4 courses, student accommodation options are available through the major companies who run halls of residence, houses flats and apartments, or through private landlords. www.libertyliving.co.uk www.thestudenthousingcompany.com www.unite-students.com

Level 4 Courses Access to Music is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment and to giving opportunities to achieve musical, personal, educational and employment goals. To achieve this we aim to provide a welcoming, effective learning environment that supports learners. Access to Music has Additional Learning Support Staff to cater for learner needs and, where necessary, employs the services of external specialists to ensure that learners have the appropriate support to enable them to achieve their full potential.

Identifying Your Support Needs You may identify yourself, or be identified by us as needing support either at your interview, in welcome week or the first few weeks of

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your course. We will work together with you to identify what support you need. • Getting your views is the most important part of finding out more about your needs, so we will ask you to think about what support you require and why • If there is a ‘statement’ from your college, you will be asked to provide a copy of it • We may need to do some more detailed assessments. This will depend on the nature of your disability or learning difficulty. This will be done with your agreement.

Support Provided


A team of specialist tutors will provide specific support for your dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties. This can include: • Regular one-to-one sessions • In-class support where appropriate • Small group sessions with a specialist tutor • Help with study skills • Special exam considerations (for students who qualify) • Referral for in-depth assessments to identify your areas of need A range of support is also available for students with: • Emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and students with mental illness

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Support for students with learning difficulties Support for students with physical impairments Support for students with sensory impairments

If you have any queries or requests, please do not hesitate to contact us. Staff are also available in each centre to discuss your needs with face to face. Please contact the centre to arrange a meeting.

Equality & Diversity

Access to Music recognises the uniqueness of individuals and embraces this so that each person can fulfill their potential. We strive to remove barriers to provide equality of opportunity by raising aspirations and widening participation, in order to enable success. All individuals can expect to be treated fairly, and with respect. Access to Music, therefore, is committed to ensuring that our policies and practices, and those of our partners do not discriminate against anyone. In addition to this, we are committed to challenging stereotypes within the music industry.

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