Music Performance and Industry

at LMA Liverpool

Study options


BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
LMA Liverpool
Study option:
3 Years

Expand your expertise

Cultivate your skills as an musician and performer

Choose your Specialism

Our pathway courses allow you to select your own performance specialism

Expert Tuition

Study with a team with real-world experience in the music industry

In partnership with LMA, we're offering you the chance to pursue a degree level qualification in Music Performance and Industry.

The BA (Hons) Music Performance and Industry degree at LMA is designed to cultivate and develop you as the artist or performer that you want to be. Whether you are part of a band, a solo performer, songwriter, composer, session musician or producer, LMA will develop your skills and prepare you for work in the music industry.

You can choose to take a pathway approach to your study specialising in either drums, guitar, piano or vocals. Alternatively you can opt for a broader route, and range across a range of performance media.

For the LMA student, music is not just a career - it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle can consist of recording a song in the fully-equipped 32 channel recording studio one day, composing a movie soundtrack another day and rehearsing for a performance in an external venue. All LMA tutors have worked, and continue to work, in the industry in a variety of musical, technical and creative business fields. It will help to instil the discipline, training and professional standards and expectations that the industry demands.

With industry links, auditions, showcases, performing in a variety of venues, and across a multitude of platforms, these opportunities provide the perfect grounding for success. Overall, The LMA student loves music! There is no better way to live life than ensuring it is filled with music. To be a working musician and earn a living doing something you love is a fantastic feeling. LMA will help you achieve this and turn the dream into reality.


On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Music Performance and Industry

Course content

Your first year modules provide you with an introduction to all aspects of the music industry and performance. You will be able to explore song writing, performance, working in the studio and exploring different aspects of music technology, and you also start to gain an insight into the industry. You can also make the decision about whether you want to specialise in one particular area of music performance - drums, guitar, piano or vocals.

Then in the second and third year you start to develop your skills in your specialist pathway or alternatively continue to explore a variety of approaches to music making. You will continue to develop your performance skills in your chosen areas of interest, and also explore a range of different approaches and genres. The programme and the pathways are highly vocational with links to industry playing an important part throughout, and with several modules making a positive contribution to the development of a professional portfolio suited to a career within the music industry. Additionally, there are specific modules linking directly to industry through live briefs and the opportunity to showcase yourself and your work to an industry panel. In your final year you work towards the production of a professional showcase performance and portfolio that allows you to showcase all your skills.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 64 UCAS points.



Students from this course can enter a wide range of careers within the music and performance industry - you may decide to become a freelance musician, working in a range of settings or  you may decide to take a broader role and follow an interest in music promotion.  

Teaching and assessment


The course uses a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, practical workshops, instrument and vocal demonstrations, guided instrument support, working in the recording studio, rehearsals, live performances, performances to camera, seminars, project work and directed independent study.

Learning on this course will be enhanced by visiting lectures and masterclasses delivered by industry professionals. The course combines independent performance with group performance projects, typically reflecting industry practice. Live and recorded presentation of your work is encouraged throughout the course, allowing for feedback from public audiences as well as from peers and professionals.

Study time Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, A typical composition of study time for this course is:

Year 1: you'll spend 28% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 73% of time in independent study.
Year 2: you'll spend 34% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 66% of time in independent study.
Year 3: you'll spend 42% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 58% of time in independent study.


The balance of assessment depends on the subject area, your choice of option modules and professional body requirements. A typical composition of assessment for this course is:

Year 1: your assessment will be 54% by practical exams and 46% by coursework.
Year 2: your assessment will be 88% by practical exams and 13% by coursework.
Year 3: your assessment will be 33% by practical exams and 68% by coursework.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally (through formative feedback) before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark but are essential for you to develop academically as a student. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. The feedback you receive will help to focus you to achieve better grades on the next set of modules you study.

Assessment feedback is provided to you in two main ways: orally, in tutorial and critique situations and in writing, using a “fast feedback form” that indicates performance against the learning outcomes of the module.

Typical assessment activities that you will be graded may consist of one or a combination of the following:

Creative outputs professionally presented in the format required by the brief, including scripts, compositions, live and studio-based performances, recordings, promotional materials, etc.

A reflective journal, discussing your learning journey throughout the module and utilising appropriate reflective theory and frameworks

An essay, report, case study or project plan, written and illustrated to given guidelines and word counts

Pitches to clients and presentation of ideas using professional techniques, such as a showcase performance, mini-pitch, slide presentation, electronic/printed publicity material

Self-assessment, peer review and studio critiques


You will be taught by tutors who have a broad range of experience within the music and performance industry.   

Year 1

27% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
73% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

33% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
68% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

44% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
55% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

51% practical exams
49% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

0% practical exams
100% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

13% practical exams
88% coursework
0% written exams


For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Full-time £8,995 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.


Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
LMA Liverpool BA (Hons) Full-time 20 September 2021 Apply now

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