Our course recognises that a musician’s career can evolve over time and involve being a professional performing musician, recording artist, session musician, composer, classroom or instrumental teacher – sometimes all at once.
Whether you are looking to compose music for film or games, develop your production skills or perform on stage, we aim to enable you to develop you as a rounded musician, capable of both composing and performing in a range of ‘real-world’ contexts. You can also develop a wide range of transferrable skills in management, entrepreneurial techniques, critical analysis, presentation, writing and enhanced musical expertise.
You’ll be taught how to manage, organise and technically realise music projects and be encouraged to enter the local music scene with multiple opportunities to perform in the region’s venues. Music student ensembles have taken part in the Godiva Festival, Coventry Jazz Festival, Coventry Peace and Reconciliation Festival and performed their final projects at central Coventry music venues, such as The Albany and Belgrade Theatres.
We enjoy local reputation for providing quality live music for all types of venues or genre-based musical events. We regularly hold concerts open to the public – the renowned Coventry University lunchtime concert series has featured internationally renowned musicians like finger-style guitarist Thomas Leeb, pianist Angela Brownridge and funk band Resolution 88.
You also have the chance to deepen your musical understanding within other cultures by taking up the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad. Recent students have found studying in Cyprus, Finland, Spain and Canada to be a life changing experience.
Based in a converted Odeon cinema in the heart of the city centre campus, staff are themselves acclaimed musicians and composers; awards include the International Contemporary Music contest Cittàdi Udine and the BASCA Sonic Art Category. The team includes a high number of research active teaching staff with international profiles in performance, education, musicology, composition and music technology. You will be invited to attend the annual symposium of the INTIME the experimental music research group, which has featured keynote speakers, such as American electronic music hacker Professor Nic Collins and composer/pianist Michael Finnissy.