Dr Tom Attah
the University of Surrey
Leeds Arts University

Leeds Arts University

The only specialist arts university in the North of England.

About this Subject Spotlight

Join Dr Tom Attah as he both defines and contextualises popular music as a socio-cultural activity and practice, looks at how popular music genres are made up of individual style elements, and discusses music as a form of 'language'. Tom also thinks about listening to music for feeling in a fascinating activity involving the theme tune to Jaws!

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Popular Music Performance at Leeds Arts University

There are no boundaries between performance, production, and composition on this BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance at Leeds Arts University. Versatile musicians - keen to develop professional delivery and technical skills - flourish at the university, and students often go on to achieve fulfilling and diverse careers in contemporary music.

Performance, production, and composition are integral to this degree course. Leeds Arts University recruit musicians to the principal studies of vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums, giving performers the confidence to create original music and thrive as working musicians. This dynamic course develops your musicianship through specialist 1 to 1 vocal/instrumental tuition, a range of band performances, and learning from diverse visiting musicians covering all styles of music. Leeds Arts University boasts purpose-built music facilities that simulate the industry, including a 240-seater auditorium, nine sound-proofed live rooms, and recording studios with elite mixing desks.

Experienced tutors and visiting industry professionals support and stimulate the development of your technical skills. You will be expected to clearly evidence your musical creativity, individuality, and originality through real-world experience and industry networks. Students benefit from being in Leeds – a city steeped in musical history and host to an array of world-renowned performance venues.

The vibrant community at Leeds Arts University facilitates working with other creatives such as writers, graphic designers, fine artists, visual communicators, photographers, fashion designers, animators, filmmakers, and creative advertisers. This is a unique opportunity to build crucial networks and an impressive musical portfolio from the outset of your professional life.

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