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Music: Popular Music and Recording

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Music

UCAS Code: J931, W341 (with foundation year)

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

Three years full-time

Four years full-time with Foundation Year

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • You will be taught by practicing professionals on a high achieving course well-known for producing graduates in the popular music industry today.
  • The New Adelphi building provides you with state-of-the-art practice rooms and recording studios with the latest industry-standard equipment.
  • The emphasis on specialist portfolio work allows you time to fully explore your creative ideas and passions.
  • Overseas study available
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Building on our long-standing reputation for Popular Music and Recording, our course is well-known for producing artists such as members of the British art rock band Everything Everything, singer-songwriter Kristyna Miles and James Cook (lead singer) and Rick Boardman (keyboards), members of 3-piece  Indie  Electronica  band  Delphic.


You will study popular music as a discipline from a broad range of perspectives, developing technical and creative skills while placing an emphasis on academic and theoretical aspects. Our masterclass series involves leading professionals from the popular music industry – whether performers,  composers  or  producers  -  designed  to assist you in your professional development and career management.


Salford’s proximity to Manchester city centre means you will be able to take full advantage of the region’s world-renowned music scene as both an active participant and enquiring spectator. Our students regularly contribute to programmes, theatre productions, concerts and gigs as music  performers  and  composers,  and  the course provides ample opportunity for you to engage with like-minded creative artists.


In addition to the traditional three year degree route, you have the option of pursuing additional training and academic tuition by undertaking our four year Foundation course, which prepares you for study at an undergraduate level.

Course Details

The University of Salford has an international reputation for innovation and excellence in popular music education. This pioneering course explores popular music from a broad range of perspectives, developing technical and creative skills while placing an emphasis on academic and theoretical aspects. It delivers a broad-based curriculum during the first year with excellent opportunities for specialisation throughout years two and three. Our vibrant masterclass series is designed to enhance your career planning, involving internationally renowned guest speakers and visiting artists from the creative industries.

You will engage with popular music as an academic discipline, developing a detailed understanding of key popular music concepts, techniques and processes, as well as perfecting your practical ability in performance, composition, arranging, and the creative use of music technology.

In your first year, you’ll focus on instrumental creativity and proficiency through ensemble and one-to-one lessons with leading performance specialists. In addition to examining the concepts of style and genre in English language popular music, you’ll develop fundamental creative skills in arranging, applied composition and music technology.

In year two you’re given the opportunity to specialise within the musical fields of your interests and skill set. In the final year, you consolidate your learning, deepening your individual creativity in a personal body of portfolio work. You’ll also apply your enterprising skills on a major project designed to enhance your professional practice.

In addition to the traditional three year degree route, you have the option of pursuing additional training and academic tuition by undertaking our four year Foundation option. While the Foundation Year is listed as an option below, it is by no means a pre-requisite to the BA (Hons) Music: Popular Music & Recording course.

Foundation Year        

Semester 1        

This module develops both your individual and ensemble instrumental ability. You will receive weekly one-to-one instrumental tuition from a specialist tutor, focusing on technique and its application across a broad range of repertoire. You will also join one of the many Ensembles within the Directorate,        including Popular Music Choir, Big Band, Brass Band, Wind Band and Classical Choir.      
This module aims to provide the theoretical foundations for all further areas of study. You will learn to recognise and confidently use fundamental theoretical terms in your work, notate all perfect, major, minor, augmented, diminished intervals, and identify and notate a range of basic chords and progressions.        The assessment requires you to compose idiomatic music incorporating all these elements. You will also develop your Aural and Transcription skills with focused ear training tuition.      
This module will equip you with the necessary analytical skills, IT skills and research techniques to complete written academic assignments. You will analyse a broad range of musical styles within the Popular, Jazz and Classical idioms. It will provide you with the appropriate reference framework from        which to critically evaluate examples of these styles, as well as the use of harmonic and analytical terminology within the discussion of music.      

Semester 2        

This module consolidates and expands the instrumental skills developed in semester one, with a continuation of the weekly one-to-one instrumental tuition with your specialist tutor. For your assessed Ensemble activity you will have the option to form your own Popular Music group, or join Big Band, Brass        Band, Wind Band or Classical Choir.      
Building upon the theoretical knowledge gained in Semester 1, this module introduces more advanced concepts and techniques including extended chord progressions, notation and recognition of diatonic melodic lines, moving bass lines, and complex rhythmic patterns, and SATB scoring. You will also receive        further ear training within the Aural and Transcription tuition.      
This module introduces software based solutions for recording and composition. You will learn to notate musical ideas appropriately with respect to instrumentation and genre and to identify appropriate software pathway to communicate musical ideas effectively. You will work with notation, sequencing        and recording interfaces and interrogate the relationship between them.      

Year 1        

Semester 1        

Focusing on your instrumental proficiency, this module will develop your skills across three different assessed activities. Individual Performance consists of weekly one-to-one tuition with a specialist tutor, based upon an instrumental syllabus (pieces, technical exercises and sight reading). The Ensemble        component requires you to join either a Latin Percussion group (Rhythmic Awareness), Big Band, Brass Band, Wind Band or Classical Choir. You will also choose an Associated Study, either Session Musicianship (a tutor led group rehearsal focusing on a broad range of Popular Music styles) or Classical Conducting.      
The core aim of this module is to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary for composing and arranging music in a variety of styles. You will gain a working knowledge of the key aspects of instrumentation voicing, score layout, formal design and the manipulation of texture. The module also        provides an introduction to location recording techniques, appropriate sequencing software, musical acoustics and their relationship to music technology.      
Providing a historical overview of English-language popular music, this module begins to examine the concept of genre. You will develop an understanding of music style analysis as well as improve your aural skills throughout this module.      

Semester 2        

Continuing on from Musicianship Skills in Semester 1, this module consists of Individual Performance (weekly one-to-one instrumental tuition), Ensemble Musicianship, and an Associated Study (either Session Musicianship or Classical Conducting). Within the Ensemble component, you will have the opportunity        to form your own Popular Music group (writing and rehearsing original material to be presented at a concert at the end of the semester), or join Big Band, Brass Band, Wind Band, or Classical Choir.      
This module will provide you with a strong understanding of advanced diatonic harmony, melodic writing, fundamental musical forms, and practical skills concerned with rhythm as applied to the broad field of composition. You will explore the creative uses of a range of microphones in relation to musical        instruments and acoustic environments, and be introduced to techniques of sound synthesis using a range of hardware and software based synthesisers.      
Throughout this module, you will explore the social, political, and economic contexts impacting upon the production of popular music. This module presents key ideas from Culture Theory, Critical Theory, and Postmodernism in order to provide you with a strong understanding of popular music within these        various cultural contexts. You will be introduced to a systematic and rigorous method by which to critically examine popular music and develop abstract thinking.      

Year 2        

Semester 1        

You will choose three of the following options:

This module consolidates and expands your performance development within the three assessed areas of Individual Performance (weekly one-to-one Instrumental lessons with your specialist tutor, based on an advanced syllabus), Ensemble Musicianship, and an Associated Study (either Session Musicianship        or Classical Conducting). The Ensemble component allows you to form your own Popular Music group, or join Big Band, Brass Band, Wind Band, or Classical Choir. The Session Musicianship component now places the emphasis on you  to bring in prepared scores and lead the band through the arrangement,        guided by your tutor.      
During this module, you will examine theoretical issues and practical skills concerned with the manipulation and control of modal harmony and melody within composition. This will introduce you to the principles of contrapuntal composition as well as provide you with the opportunity to explore and experiment        with harmonic and melodic processes.      
You will be introduced to the creative use of sound and a range of hardware and software interfaces. This module instills a flexible and considered approach to musical interface by covering various sonic installation possibilities and a range of studio composition techniques including synthesis, sampling,        interactive and generative.      
The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the creative use of sound and music within a range of media. You will explore techniques for recording stereo drama in a recording studio; sound and image synchronisation techniques; and how to apply and develop audio digital editing techniques.      
You will explore the ways in which the needs and demands of technology and performing artists can best be reconciled. This module will enhance your working knowledge of sound mixing consoles, audio recorders, signal processing equipment, Digital Audio Workstations and software audio applications. You        will develop strategies for analysing existing recordings in order to appreciate and utilise the technology involved in the recording process.      
This module explores ways in which gender and ethnicity are constructed in popular music texts as well as enhances your awareness of international music, including instruments, styles, and patterns of organisation. You will apply analytical critique to a range of repertoire and engage with cross-disciplinary        approaches to the study of music.      

Semester 2        

You will study one core module:

Focusing on current economic structures and potential development, this module provides an in-depth examination of the UK creative economy. You will explore concepts of copyright, authorship and ownership and gain an understanding of the processes involved in successful personal development planning.      

You will choose two of the following options:

This module encourages more specialised forms of composition and arrangement through the introduction of theoretical and analytical issues concerned with the articulation of form and structure, and an advanced study of harmony. It also explores the ways in which the colouristic, formal, harmonic, textural        and rhythmic aspects of a given work may be reconsidered within the context of the creative arrangement.      
The aim of this module is to fully prepare you for Elective Performance study at third year level. The Individual Performance aspect (weekly one-to-one tuition) requires you to undertake a formal exam based on your instrumental syllabus (pieces, scales and sight-reading).  Ensemble Musicianship        provides the opportunity to develop specialist skills in either Latin Percussion, Improvisation, or Vocal Harmony, or join the Big Band, Brass Band, Wind Band, or Classical Choir.  The Associated Study component allows you to choose between Classical Conducting, or Musical Directing which focuses        on aspects of band leadership such as score preparation, arranging, and conducting a Popular Music ensemble.      
Continuing on from Studio Composition in Semester 1, this module begins to explore the integration of live sound, live instrument recording, and signal processing within studio composition.      
Building upon your learning from Studio Recording and Production in Semester 1, this module aims to provide you with confident, genre-appropriate mixing, mastering and signal processing skills. You will develop a range of detailed recording strategies in relation to acoustic considerations.      
This module provides an overview of journalistic methodologies as applied to the fields of music and the music industry. You will examine and construct a variety of forms of journalistic output as related to music as well as develop a critical understanding of the interrelationship between market, industry        and culture.      
You will develop an understanding of the scope, methods and aims of Ethnomusicology with reference to the historical development of the subject; the analysis of music in culture and music as culture with special reference to enculturation and acculturation, the stature of the musician in society and        cultural identity. You will develop performance skills and an understanding of a musical tradition from outside your own practical musical experience.      
This module enables students to develop a range of approaches and theoretical models appropriate to the discipline. It introduces skills in research methodology and musicological analysis. The role of context in musical reception and evaluation is explored in depth.      

Year 3        

Semester 1        

This module enables you to undertake a comprehensive project encompassing two areas of specialist study (choose from: Performance, Composition, Studio Production & Recording, Studio Composition, Audio for Media, Arranging, Dissertation, Conducting, Collection of Writings, Collaborative Practice).        It assists the realisation of creative work (practical and/or written), encourages the development of a personal style within the chosen fields of study, and hones your artistic and academic skills base.      
By broadening your work experience in areas requiring a leadership and/or team role, this module gives you the opportunity to further develop your own professional practices. You will gain experience in one of the following areas of professional practice: band management and promotion, arts administration,        musical directing, business enterprise and community music in its broadest sense.      

Semester 2        

This module enables you to undertake a comprehensive project encompassing two areas of specialist study (choose from: Performance, Composition, Studio Production & Recording, Studio Composition, Audio for Media, Arranging, Dissertation, Conducting, Collection of Writings, Collaborative Practice).        It assists the realisation of creative work (practical and/or written), encourages the development of a personal style within the chosen fields of study, and hones your artistic and academic skills base.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE English and Maths GCSE grade C
UCAS tariff points 104 - 120 points
FY: 72 points
GCE A level 104 - 120 points including B in music. Appropriate subjects to include music, General studies not accepted
BTEC National Diploma DMM to include music
FY:MPP
Scottish Highers 104 - 120 points. 72 points for Music: Popular Music and Recording with a Foundation Year. To include Music.
Irish Leaving Certificate 120 points. 72 points for Music: Popular Music and Recording with a Foundation Year. To include Music.
International Baccalaureate 30-31 points, to include 5 (Higher Level) in Music. 24 points for Music: Popular Music and Recording with a Foundation Year.
Access to HE Pass level 3 QAA approved Access Diploma. To include Music.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

You should be able to read notation and have a good understanding of chords, scales, rhythms and harmony.  

All applicants are required to undertake a Theory test for the course.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Beth Hewitt the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9250 per year
Full-time International £14,400

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Teaching

  • Lectures are enhanced with audio/visual material. A lecture on a topic is usually followed up by a relevant seminar
  • You will be encouraged to prepare materials in preparation for seminars, where you’ll contribute to discussions
  • Masterclasses - Visiting speakers and performers from relevant areas of the music industry
  • Supervision both individual and in small groups
  • Individual Instrumental Tuition to develop your performance technique and musical vocabulary
  • Ensemble Tuition in order to develop your performance technique and musical vocabulary in an ensemble setting
  • Workshops to explore concepts and develop research techniques within a workshop environment, mixing class-based discussion and activities with library and archive work, providing you with the opportunity to develop creative ideas and to interact with leading scholars in the field
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – ‘Blackboard’, supports every module within the course. 

Instrumental tutor list

Les Bolger
Glenn Cartlidge
Paul Cusick
Mel Dean
Andy Duffy
Brian Kelly
Adam Palma www.adampalma.net
Carl Barnett (Bass Guitar)
Ollie Collins (Bass Guitar) www.olliecollins.com
Rob Gibney (Piano)
Matt Steele (Piano)
Sarah Doggett (voice)
Clare Hogan (voice)
Sue Hickey (voice)
Jimm Fieldhouse www.apollosaxophonequartet.com
Tim France (sax/ensembles/ Big Band)
Helen Tonge (Strings) www.rivoliquartet.com
Mark Wilkinson (flugel / cornet) www.fodensband.co.uk
Brian Taylor (cornet) www.faireyband.com
Richard Marshall (cornet) www.blackdykeband.co.uk
Mike Eccles (flugel) www.faireyband.com
Helen Varley (tenor horn / French Horn) www.blackdykeband.co.uk Peter Christian (baritone /ensembles)
Billy Millar (euphonium)
Les Storey (bass trombone)
Gary Curtin (euphonium & tenor horn) www.blackdykeband.co.uk
Brett Baker (trombone) www.brettbaker.co.uk
Peter Christian (baritone / ensembles)
Lee Hallam (jazz trombone)
Les Neish (tuba) www.tuba-artist.com
Eryl Roberts (drums
Steve Gilbert (drums)
Gaz Hughes (drums)
Mark Landon (percussion) www.fodensband.co.uk

Assessment

Examination and coursework.

Employability

On graduation many students go on to develop careers as freelance composers, performers and producers, as well as music educators (teachers, advisors, lecturers) and arts administrators. We have many students that go on to study at Masters and Doctoral level.

Career Prospects

Salford’s music courses are renowned for producing graduates who excel in their chosen professions.

Our graduates have forged successful careers as signed recording artists, professional performers, studio producers/engineers, live sound engineers and freelance composers/arrangers.

Many have become events organisers, promoters and entrepreneurs while others have developed successful careers in music education as teachers, lecturers, researchers, senior administrators and educational advisors.

Alumni Profile

The following profiles demonstrate the diverse range of successful careers our music graduates have embarked upon:

Two members of the band Everything Everything (lead singer/song-writer Jonathan Higgs and Bassist Jeremy Pritchard) are popular music graduates from the University of Salford. The band has released three albums to date – 2010's Man Alive, 2013's Arc and 2015's Get To Heaven – and has been widely critically acclaimed. Everything Everything won the Times Breakthrough award in 2009, and the Music Producers Guild Award for UK single of the year for ‘Kemosabe’ in 2014. Their work was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize and has been nominated for two Ivor Novello Awards.

Recording artist and singer-songwriter Kristyna Myles graduated from Salford in 2005 and has since featured on albums by Chris de Burgh and Rick Guard. She has supported Mick Hucknall on a UK tour, and performed her own songs on television programmes such as Songs of Praise and Play it Again. In 2009 Krystina was nominated for Best Gospel Act at the MOBO Awards as part of the gospel collective DTWG. 

Andrea Leonelli studied popular music and then a Masters in Composition at Salford and started out in the music industry as Archivist for Island Records at Universal Music working on research projects for Island’s 50th Anniversary, the remastered editions of U2 albums and the Bob Marley documentary. He then moved to the digital distribution department at UMGI as Digital Release Coordinator working with UMTV, Island Records and UMG Ireland. 

In 2011 Andrea joined music gaming startup Bopler as Content Operations Manager. He now works as senior editor at music news site Rockol.com. In recognition of his innovative podcast dedicated to the latest trends in Digital Music (interviewing start-up CEOs, technology experts and journalists) Andrea has spoken at a number of international conferences including MIDEM, SXSW, Berlin Music Week, Social Media Week (in London and Hamburg), Future Music Forum, Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and Future Music Camp.  

Popular music graduate, Caroline Redman Lusher, is the Founder and Director of Rock Choir TM which has received widespread praise for its community ethos and extensive membership. Caroline’s entrepreneurial success has resulted in numerous television appearances on ITVs’ documentary The Choir That Rocks and BBC’s Breakfast, and she has been widely praised for her inclusive teaching methods.

Caroline has gained four gold and platinum certified sales awards from the British Phonographic Industry. In 2012 she received the prestigious Gold Badge Award for her "special contribution to Britain's music industry" from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in association with the Performing Right Society (PRS). She has performed as a solo artist on the Together album by vocal group Blake and several albums by The Soldiers, including Coming Home, which reached double platinum status

Links with Industry

We have direct links with professional institutions such as the BBC Philharmonic and HOME, and good working relationships with many music venues and festivals in the local area. The valuable knowledge and experience visiting speakers bring ensures you are kept informed of current changes and demands within the creative industries.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Facilities

New Adelphi Recording Studios:

The Music Directorate houses 6 fully equipped professional recording studios, plus a 7.1 surround mixing studio and a voice acting studio. We have created a creative and educational environment that aims to mirror contemporary professional studio practise. Our general philosophy is to facilitate the use of both analogue and digital recording platforms, software and hardware signal processing. All studios centre around a large format mixing desk which can feed computer and hard disk recording systems as well as 24 track analogue tape machines. All studios make use of professional quality outboard equipment and software plugins as well as comprehensive patch bays, giving students the opportunity to fully explore traditional signal routing, a skill vital to ones progression into professional practice.
Recording Studio equipment

Mixing Desks:

Audient ASP 8024: Heritage Edition (24/36 Microphone Preamplifiers with 48/72 mixdown channels)
Avid S3 – control surface software controller

Monitoring:

ATC SCM-150A Pro
PMC IB2S-A
Neumann KH310A
Avantone Mixcube
Genelec 8030/8040 speakers for multi-channel/surround

Recording:

Pro Tools HDX
RME M-32 - 32 channels of A/D – D/A conversion
RME MADIface USB – 64 channel MADI to USB laptop interface
Studer A820 – 24 track 2” reel-to-reel tape machine
Tascam MSR24 – 24 track 1” reel-to-reel tape machine
Tascam DA3000 – 2 channel digital recorder
Focusrite Rednet DANTE interfaces for sending digital audio to/from many other spaces in the building including the TV Studios and Theatre spaces.

Software & Plugins:

Pro Tools HDX, Logic X, Ableton Live, MAX MSP, Sibelius, Native Instruments Komplete, Sound Toys, Waves, Fab Filter, GRM Tools, Adobe CC Suite amongst others.

Microphone Pre-amplifiers:

Neve 4081 – 8-channel microphone pre-amp
API 3124+ - 4-channel microphone/instrument pre-amp
Warm Audio Tonebeast TB12 – Microphone/instrument pre-amp
MOTU 828 – 2-channel microphone/instrument pre-amp, 8 line inputs

Outboard Equipment:

2x Empirical Labs Distressor EL8 – Compressor
2x DBX 1066 – 2-channel compressor
2x Warm Audio WA76 – 1176 style compressor
2x Warm Audio EQP WA – Pultec style valve EQ
Briscati M7 – Stereo Reverb
MOTU MIDI Express XT – 8-channel MIDI interface
Plus other equipment from SPL, Klark Teknik, Lexicon, TC Electronics, TL Audio, Drawmer and Alesis amongst many others.

Live Rooms:

Large professionally treated live rooms, with separation booths available in some studios. All studios feature wall mounted movable panels and large wheeled baffles to allow adjustment/control of room acoustics.
Studio 6 utilises the 100m/sq Band Room with double height ceilings for large ensemble recording.
Behringer P16-M Headphone Mixers – 16-channel modular digital headphone distribution system.

Amplification:Fender ’65 Twin Reverb
Orange Rockerverb Twin Channel Head and PPC212 Cabinet
Vox AC30 HW2X
Ampeg SVT-7 Pro Bass Amp and SVT-410 Cabinet
Markbass CMD 151P Bass Amp
Plus other amplifiers from Marshall, Laney, Peavey, Yamaha and Fender.

Microphones and Other Equipment

In addition to the equipment permanently installed in the recording studios, there are a variety of synthesizers, drum machines, instruments and effects units stored in the studios' facilities office that can be booked out for use in sessions. This office also houses our extensive microphone collection. We stock microphones from manufacturers such as Neumann, Brauner, Schoeps, Coles, AKG, Beyer Dynamic, Electrovoice and many more. Access to microphones is streamed as students begin to specialise in music technology.

Instruments:

All studios feature Yamaha grand or upright pianos, Fender guitars and basses, Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos and professional drum kits by DW, Gretsch, Ludwig and Yamaha.
Synthesizers & Drum Machines:
Dave Smith Instruments - Prophet 6
Dave Smith Instruments - Prophet 08
Moog - Sub 37
Roland - Juno 106
Access - Virus C
Korg - MS20
Korg - MS2000BR
Doepfer - A-100 Modular System
Arturia - Micro Brute
Elektron - Machinedrum SPS-1
Roland - TR8
Vermona - DRM1

Computer suites

Our suite of 24 iMacs is equipped with sequencing, scoring, editing, synthesis, signal processing and post-production software. The software in the computer suite is, on the whole, the same as that found in the recording studios, so that work can easily be transferred from one facility to another. Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, Max MSP, Native Instruments Komplete and Sibelius, amongst many others, are standard across all the machines.

Location Recording

There are a variety of facilities available for location recording assignments, ranging from simple stereo microphone and SD/compact flash card recorder kits to 32 track professional recording systems. We stock location microphone kits that can also be borrowed for recording both large acoustic ensembles and venue based band performances.

Opening Hours:

Monday - Sunday:  9.00am – Midnight
The recording facilities always have at least one technical demonstrator on hand to deal with technical issues and provide students with advice.

Performance Rehearsal Facilities

The Music Directorate houses 27 bookable music practice rooms, all with “room in room” construction for maximum acoustic isolation. Opening hours are long – until 10.30 at night and open at the weekends. There are 11 ensemble rooms for amplified band rehearsals, each containing a vocal PA system, stage piano, drum kit and back-line amplifiers for guitars, bass and keyboards / electronics. Equipment includes: PA from QSC, Mackie and RCF. Drum Kits from DW, Yamaha and Mapex. Keyboards from Roland, Nord, Sequential and Waldorf. Bass amps from Ampeg, Mark Bass, Aguilar and Phil Jones. Guitar amps from Fender, Orange, AER, Vox and Mesa.  There are 14 Music Tuition rooms with pianos, guitar amps and Bluetooth stereo playback, plus a specialist drum kit teaching room with Drum Workshop kits. All of the equipment is maintained by our team of music rehearsal technicians, who can also help students set up and maintain their instruments and equipment. Music students can also book out everything they need to put on their own gigs on campus or in the city: Vocal PA, drum kit, keys, backline etc.

We also encourage students to use their own equipment for rehearsals, so we have storage areas where students can leave their equipment (instruments, amps, cabs, keyboards, drums etc.) to avoid having to constantly carry it between lectures, seminars and their accommodation.

'The Band Room' is a large hall space with variable acoustics, suitable for rehearsing large acoustic ensembles like our Big Band, Brass Bands and Wind Band. It is also used for performance master classes, small concerts, sound reinforcement classes and as the huge live room for Studio 6 which overlooks it.

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