Studying Music at Salford

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So you’ve applied to study Music, we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions? 
We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us at or at 0161 295 4545

Why should you study Music at the University of Salford?


Our Popular Music and Recording and Creative Music Technology courses have been ranked number one in the North West and number two in the UK in the 2020 Guardian university league tables.


On Fridays, our campus welcomes industry guest speakers to share their experiences with our students. In the last three months, we've welcomed the Buffalo Brothers, Tom Leah, Jostine Loubser and Jason Brown.


You'll have the opportunity to perform in real venues across Greater Manchester including Band on the Wall, Peel Hall and the New Adelphi Theatre.

Our Music facilities include:

Mac suites equipped with industry-standard software

A band room and a number of industry-standard recording studios

A range of instruments for you to use

Bookable rehearsal rooms


What's the music scene like in Manchester?

The Greater Manchester music scene is etched on the world map, having produced high-profile artists such as Oasis, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and The Chemical Brothers to Joy Division, New Order and our very own alumni band Everything Everything.

Do your courses have a social media channel I can follow?

Our Music courses have a Facebook account that you can follow.

What is the background of the teaching staff?

Our tutors have current, extensive experience across multiple fields, including performance, arranging, composition and recording and technology. In addition, you will be able to attend regular Masterclasses from external speakers, giving you exposure to the experience of those in the industry.

What can I expect my timetable to look like?

Each week you will have about 11 or 12 hours of teaching. There will be lectures in larger groups, seminars in the studios in smaller groups and one-to-one teaching with an instrument tutor. There will also be other timetabled events such as the weekly masterclass series where we invite guest speakers from industry.

As a first year student, you will have three hours of studio time per week. This increases by three hours every year throughout your studies. We recommend combining your time to book longer slots in small groups. This is a great way of finding your way round the equipment.

What will I be doing in my first week?

During induction week you will be given information about your course, the reading list, contact details for your lecturers and a pass card to access the buildings. You will also have the opportunity to join societies and sports groups which are a great way of meeting other students.

Are there any books I can read to prepare for the course?

Eric Taylor's ‘A to B Guide to Music Theory’ is a useful and easy to follow text that will help you brush up on your music theory before starting.

How complex does my knowledge of music theory need to be?

Everyone needs a working knowledge of theory on all our music courses. We teach music theory as part of the core skills in first year along with studio engineering skills. It is important that all music students develop an understanding of these skills to work together.

How will the course be assessed?

There will be a variety of assessments throughout the course, including written assignments, such as essays; practical assignments, where you might compose a piece of music, perform, or do something in the studio; and exams, mainly for subjects like core skills (theory). The majority of assignments involve a practical and creative component as well as an accompanying written evaluation. For example, you might be asked to do a studio recording session and then submit the audio along with a written evaluation of the process.

What Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) will I use as part of the course?

We mainly use Logic Pro for teaching in the studios, but we run teaching on a variety of DAWs including Pro Tools and Ableton. We also run AVID certified Pro Tools courses, which are useful as it's a DAW usually found in industry music studios. These courses run several times a year in addition to timetabled teaching.

What music ensembles are there?

The current list of university ensembles are: the University of Salford Big Band, the University of  
Salford Brass Band, Adelphi Brass Band (student run), Salford Symphonic Wind Band, Wind Consort Adelphi Contemporary Music Group (experimental music), the University of Salford Choir,
Latin Percussion, World Music Group and the ensembles programme for other ensembles (rock, jazz, electronic etc.).

Do I need to buy anything for the course?

It is useful to have a laptop to work but we do provide all the equipment you need. There are various computer suites in the main library and there are music production suites with all the software you'll need.


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