- UCAS Code: Not Applicable
- Course duration: 3 years (full-time)
- Contact:313 223 1600
- Admissions: email@example.com
The BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance course provides you with an opportunity to specialise in bass. Studying for your degree at DIME means you will have a bass in your hands everyday for the duration of the course. We recognize that if you want to compete as a player and be the best 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 musicians 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 bass group for most of your classes, and in shared mixed discipline groups for performance and music business studies.
What you’ll do
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Year 1: Level 4
We will also cover ear training and theory of music (for those of you who have learned to play by ear), but 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 as a rhythm section, being sensitive to arrangement and the importance of getting the part exactly right. You will focus on nuances such as playing in front, on top, or behind the beat when appropriate. 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 does not aspire to turn out bassists 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 stages, venues and playing through different PA systems so that 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 bassist, 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.