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Commercial Modern Music / Nuacheol Tráchtála

DT506

What is... Commercial Modern Music?

The BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music is a 4 year programme which has been designed specifically for guitarists, bass players, drummers, vocalists, songwriters, and those running commercial music projects who want to gain a Level 8 qualification in modern music, while at the same time fulfilling their creative and commercial potential.

The programme encourages musicians to hone live performance skills whilst simultaneously developing career goals focusing on the individual’s aspirations (which may include, but not be limited to, being a professional performer, professional songwriter/ producer, music manager/ publisher, academic researcher/ teacher).

Streams: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

At BIMM Dublin 90% of our first group of graduates (2015) were employed within 6 months of graduation. 75% of graduates are working specifically in the music industry within artist management, record labels, music publishing and live music production. Many graduates have also gone on to pursue postgraduate studies in fields such as performance, music research, composition and teaching.

BIMM students have scored an unprecedented thirty UK Top 40 singles and Top 20 albums including The Kooks (who have sold over 2 million albums), Beth Rowley and Kate Walsh.

BIMM Brighton student Tom Odell’s debut album ‘Long Way Down’ reached No. 1 in the UK Charts. In 2013, and he was nominated for two Brit Awards for and won ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at the Ivor Novello Awards in 2014.

BIMM Brighton guitar student James Bay won the 2015 BRIT’s Critics’ Choice award. Enjoying chart success and sell-out tours, James’ single ‘Hold back the river’ reached number 2 and his album reached number 1 in the UK charts.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a wide range of Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study? 

The course includes a mixture of classroom study, live performance and specialist workshops, which take place in BIMM’s purpose-built studios and classrooms.  Not only is there a strong focus on instrument specific and songwriting techniques - and their associated live performance skills - but also a focus on the development of a student’s ability to critically analyse modern music in cultural, economic and societal settings. The acquisition of an understanding of the elements, which underpin modern music and its influence in today’s world is strongly encouraged and supported, equipping individuals with the knowledge and confidence to research, explore, shape and practically apply a multitude of artistic, business and academic approaches within the modern music industry and beyond.

Located in the city centre, the college is equipped with a choice of vintage and state-of-the-art musical equipment. The programme is delivered by highly skilled tutors, including musically and academically active professionals, all of whom have an array of touring, performing and session experience and a background in the professional music industry. In addition to practical and academic lessons, course delivery is supported by BIMM Dublin’s comprehensive tutorial system that enables every musician to benefit from widespread access to music industry professionals for expert help and advice.  There are also many extra-curricular activities including rehearsing, recording and performing in public and guest Masterclasses with high-level professional musicians and other music industry personnel.

Module Listing 

Year One 

 Instrumental 

  • Styles
  • Techniques
  • Music Business & Study Skills
  • Artist Development & Entrepreneurship
  • Live Performance Workshop
  • Music Theory and Keyboard Skills 

Songwriting 

  • Song writing Techniques
  • Styles Analysis
  • Live Arrangement Workshop
  • Music Theory & Keyboard Skills
  • Music Business & Study Skills
  • Artist Development & Entrepreneurship

Year Two

 Instrumental 

  • Styles
  • Techniques
  • Applied Music Business & Study Skills
  • Essential Development Skills
  • Performativity & Live Music
  • Applied Music Theory, Transcription & Keyboard Skills 

Songwriting 

  • Songwriting Techniques
  • Arrangement Analysis
  • Live Performance Workshop (SW)
  • Applied Music Business & Study Skills
  • Essential Development Skills
  • Applied Music Theory, Transcription & Keyboard Skills

Year Three 

Instrumental - Core Modules:

  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Advanced Music Theory & Arrangement
  • Research Methods

Professional Musicianship Options:

  • Performance in Context
  • Digital Marketing in the Music Business
  • Studio Musicianship
  • Studio Recording
  • The Songwriter/Producer
  • Music Publishing

Songwriting - Core Modules:

  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Advanced Music Theory & Arrangement
  • Research Methods
  • Music Publishing

The Songwriter/Producer Options:

  • Performance in Context
  • Digital Marketing in the Music Business
  • Studio Musicianship
  • Studio Recording

Are there study abroad options?

Through the DIT Erasmus programme there are opportunities for studying within Europe. 

Further Information

Helen Shyne - Recruitment & Admissions Manager

T: +353 1 5113366

E: helenshyne@bimm.ie 

What our Students say! Our real world graduates!

  • Beth Rowley - BIMM Graduate: “Having graduated from BIMM Brighton, I understand how important it is to receive professional training for a lasting career within the music industry.   BIMM provides a vital link between the education community and the music industry and the lessons I learnt there have been invaluable to me so far in my professional career.  I am currently signed to Blue Thumbs Records, a division of Universal Music and published by Chrysalis Music. I have enjoyed recent success with a Top 10 album and three headlining tours in the UK. My album has been released in various countries around Europe and the rest of the world including the USA, Germany and Japan.      

  • Stephen D’Arcy – BIMM Dublin Graduate: I really enjoyed my time at BIMM. Having tutors who are actively working in the music industry was a massive help to both my studies and my own personal career as a musician. During my time at BIMM I organised several release campaigns for my band, had a number one single in the iTunes Rock charts, recorded on the BIMM album and attended many industry panels/showcases organised by the college. Since graduating, I have been writing for music blogs, gigging/recording with my bands and now I’m organising events with some top names in the Industry such as Mark Lanegan and Gerry Leonard.