- UCAS Code: Not Applicable
- Course duration: 3 years (full-time)
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The BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance course provides you with an opportunity to specialise in vocals. Studying for your degree at DIME means you will be singing everyday for the duration of the course. We recognize that if you want to compete as a vocalist and be the best that you can be, you will need intensive instruction along with the time to practice and develop your technique, own style and form a realistic and achievable career plan. This course is for vocalists who are serious about their music and focused on a career in today’s fast paced and ever changing music business environment. You will study in a vocal group for most of your classes, and in mixed discipline groups for performance and music business studies.
What you’ll do
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Year 1: Level 4
become ‘at one’ with your singing voice. A scale could be likened to a warm-up, like a boxer skipping or working with a punch bag. In this class, we will go far beyond merely tuning through a basic melody and lyric and develop your ear to ensure you are comfortable with chords, riffs and grooves. We will provide you with songs and material of varying complexity and challenge you to create parts and hook lines. We will work on your confidence with microphone technique and singing through a PA system, with various kinds of monitors. We will investigate how you can gain the authority of a professional singer through solid timing and great phrasing.
Also, we will cover ear training and theory of music from scratch (for those of you who have learned to play by ear). We will progress quite rapidly through to a logical study path, that will help you make sense of the music you hear from sophisticated progressive rock to modern jazz fusion and everything in between. Do not fear theory, it is the musician’s friend. It is a good idea to have access to an electric keyboard so you can visualize the harmonic structures we talk about in a very clear way. With a small amount of daily effort you will become fully musically literate.
We will then back this up with a series of intense live performance workshops where you will develop your ensemble playing skills. You will become confident and consistent on stage and learn to play in a tight band unit, locking in and sometimes leading a band, being sensitive to arrangement and the importance of getting the part exactly right. You pay attention to nuisances such as singing in front, on top or behind the beat when called for. You can take part in DIME sponsored gigs and get supported in raising your live performances to professional standards.
You will apply this learning in the context of a live rhythm section, taking charts and grooves and jamming under the direction of an experienced producer who will encourage you to be disciplined in laying down solid grooves. You will be encouraged to push the level of experimentation and innovation in your ideas for parts and improvisations.
Year 2: Level 5
You will be encouraged to develop your own learning methodologies including self-devised exercises and practice routines that will enhance your technical abilities. The application of these skills into a broader musical context will develop you into an individual player. DIME do not aspire to turn out vocalists who all sound the same, let us help you to find your own voice and your own musical niche.
You will need to showcase this material in band performances that will take place in both timetabled live performance workshops and gigs. This will get you used to the feel of different venues and stages, playing through different PA systems so you gain the authority and consistency of a professional player.
Year 3: Level 6
This class requires you to research and report on the career opportunities available for you as a singer taking into account the range of skills you have. You will use this study to investigate and describe how your craft can be contextualized in professional opportunities. Being inspired by examples of entrepreneurial practice and artistic excellence you will make your own plans and strategy. We will help you refine career goals, as they need to be realistic and achievable. Your portfolio will also include a personal website and various forms of social media to support your professional work.