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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 their live performance skills whilst developing their career goals using a deadline-driven project management approach, keeping focus on the individual’s aspirations. 

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

What are my... Career Opportunities?

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. Located in the city centre, the college is equipped with a choice of vintage and state-of-the-art musical equipment. The programme will be delivered by active professional tutors, all of whom have a variety 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 

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

OPTIONS  

  • Performance in Context
  • Commercial Band Management
  • Studio Musicianship
  • Studio Recording
  • The Songwriter/Producer
  • Music Publishing

 Songwriting

 CORE 

  • Cultural Perspectives
  • Advanced Music Theory & Arrangement
  • Research Methods
  • Music Publishing
  • The Songwriter/Producer 

OPTIONS  

  • Performance in Context
  • Commercial Band Management
  • Studio Musicianship
  • Studio Recording 

Year Four  

Instrumental

 CORE Pathway A 

  • Professional Project Major
  • Analytical Perspectives Minor 

CORE Pathway B 

  • Analytical Perspectives Major
  • Professional Project Minor

 OPTIONS  

  • Commercial Songwriting
  • Solo Performance
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music Business Studies
  • Music Teaching Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Composition & Analysis

Songwriting

 CORE Pathway A 

  • Professional Project Major
  • Analytical Perspectives Minor
  • Commercial Songwriting

 CORE Pathway B 

  • Analytical Perspectives Major
  • Professional Project Minor
  • Commercial Songwriting

OPTIONS  

  • Solo Performance
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Music Business Studies
  • Music Teaching Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Composition & Analysis

Are there study abroad options?

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

Further Information

BIMM Dublin Admissions - Aoife O’Brien & Siobhan Killen
BIMM Dublin Executive Principal - Dara Kilkenny
BIMM Dublin College Principal - Alan Cullivan

T: 01- 5133 666 
E: info@bimm.ie   
W: www.dit.ie/dt506 

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.