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BA (Hons)Popular Music Performance and Production

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UCAS code: MPP1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a popular music performance and production degree at Solent University

Play and produce your tracks. Combining performance techniques and studio recording skills, using digital and analogue studios, this degree is ideal to help launch your career in the music industry.

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  • Solent is 16th in the UK for student satisfaction in music studies (out of 78 institutions) (Complete University Guide 2025)
  • Solent is one of the largest Pro Tools 101 training locations in the UK.
  • Students can experience mixing in Dolby Atmos, the leading immersive audio format. Solent is also an Academic Partner of Dolby Institute, meaning students have the opportunity to showcase their Dolby Atmos mixing work on the Dolby website, and access Dolby training materials.
  • Learn from a team of professional producers, composers, musicians, sound engineers and DJs with a wealth of international industry experience.
  • Great guest speakers. Previous guest speakers have included Craig David, Ash Soan (drummer for Adele), Guthrie Govan (guitarist for Dizzy Rascal), Creeper, Hannah Vasanth (keys for Rihanna), Jules Hepple (Grammy nominated producer), Imogen Heap (worked for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Deadmau5) and Katie Holmes-Smith (BVs for Adele, Olly Murs).
  • Our successful graduates include Samm Henshaw (over 100 million YouTube views, BBC Radio 1 record of the week), Freya Beer (championed by Mark Riley, BBC6 Music record of the week), Lauren Bannon (The Voice finalist), Morganway (Won ‘Best Group’ at British Country Music Awards).
  • Solent is home to industry-standard facilities, including multiple recording studios and a fully accredited Dolby Atmos cinema.
  • Access an extensive collection of musical instruments, high end microphones, pro tools and logic digital editing workstations, analogue processing, synthesisers and live sound mixers include Allen and Heath.
  • Get work experience at festivals and recording opportunity at Abbey Road.
  • Collaborate with other creative students to work on projects with students from other courses, reflecting the working practices of the creative industries.
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Course overview

Solent’s popular music performance and production programme offers a broad range of creative and technical learning in music and production carefully balanced with the acquisition of academic skills involving research and critical thinking. Students will gain experience both specific to the music industry and relevant to other careers.

The course features extensive study of the music industry including copyright, contract law and career pathways. Students are also expected to develop transferable skills in research, IT, presentation, teamwork, creative thinking, communication and project management.

Student learning is aided by access to our industry standard facilities. These include nine recording studios (networked with Protools HD and Logic Pro), a range of mixing workstations, and a Production Lab with 24 Apple workstations (with Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Sibelius). You’ll also have access to large rehearsal rooms fully equipped with backline and PAs.

The curriculum is delivered by an experienced course team, many of whom are active industry experts with professional experience in performance, studio and live sound, electronic sound design and the business and culture of music production. Staff frequently engage with on-going research in music composition, performance and production. The team’s industry links also enable a handpicked selection of students to record at the world renowned Abbey Road Studios. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the annual Anthems event, performing to their peers and members of the public.

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Student work

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Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

Solent’s popular music performance and production course is suitable for both schooled and self-taught musicians. Applicants should be interested by both performance and technical production, as well as music history and academic theory.

Applicants should aspire to careers as session musicians, producers, artists, songwriters, music journalists or promoters.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in diverse areas such as professional performance, songwriting, artist development, live sound, online mixing, sound engineering, teaching and technical support.

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Meet the team

The course team are all active industry experts, with experience in areas such as music performance, studio and live sound, electronic sound design, music education and the business and culture of music production. Guest lectures and master-classes are integrated into the programme, past guests include Guthrie Govan, guitarist; Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser; Mike Moran, composer; and Trevor Horn, Grammy award-winning producer.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Solent's recording studios and rehearsal spaces are state-of-the-art and include Pro Tools Ultimate and Logic digital audio workstations; microphones by Neumann, AKG and Shure; analog processing includes Neve, Universal Audio, Focusrite, Empirical Labs, and Portico; instruments provided include drums by DW and Mapex, a Moog Synthesiser, Korg Kronos, Marshall, Orange, Friedman, Fender and Vox valve guitar amplifiers, Ampeg and Eden bass amps, and Mackie PAs; software includes Native Instruments Komplete, and Plugins by Sonnox, McDSP and Celemony; live sound mixers include Allen and Heath DLive, Soundcraft Si, and Midas M32

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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