University of Northampton

The University of Northampton offers foundation, single honours and joint honours programmes in Popular Music. Now entering their tenth year, the Popular Music programmes have achieved 100% Overall Satisfaction in the annual National Student Survey two years in a row and regular score amongst the top five Music HE providers in the UK for Student satisfaction with Teaching. 

Our programmes are designed to produce graduates ready to take on a range of roles both directly within the music sectors and beyond.  The broad-ranging design of the degrees provides students with skills and expertise in performance and composition, production and recording and a broader contextual understanding that ranges from direct industry engagement to conceptual approaches to understanding music making and consuming.    The aim is to produce 360 degree music professionals who can manage portfolio careers with a range of skills that allow them to be adaptable, innovative and entrepreneurial.  Modules such as Professional Practice, The Record Label, Advanced Recording and Production and Music Education all provide students with skills that engage both with creativity and also the reality of managing a career in the cultural industries. Recent graduates have gone on to set up their own recording  and rehearsal studios, develop apps to connect musical communities, set up their own media companies and run music festivals and events, work for organisations such as the BBC and Blackstar Amplification and perform at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Greenbelt, Shambala, Boom Town, End of the Road and Bloodstock.

Alongside the course team we value the input of industry professionals, whether that be through our dedicated Changing Futures Week or through guest lectures and master classes throughout the academic year.  The Popular Music programmes have in the last five years welcomed representatives from PRS for Music, the Musician’s Union, the Music Manager’s Forum, the British Association for Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Spinefarm Records, Karma Artists, Novation, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Russ Russell, Justin Porter, Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3), Bob Shennan (BBC Radio), Cally Callomon, Miranda Yardley (Terrorizer magazine), Viv Albertine (The Slits), Jah Wobble (Public Image Limited), Alex Skolnick (Testament) Bill Drummond (The KLF), Fij and Bickers, Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Richard Shaw (Cradle of Filth), Chris Olley (Six by Seven), Fleetwood Cave, Dean Friedman, Clive Leighton, Shiva Fesharaki and many more. 

Above all we value the opportunity to develop students’ skills, provide them with new opportunities and help to shape the music industry, both at home and abroad well into the twenty first century.

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