Popular Music & Worship - Nexus ICA

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Live Sound

The Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Sound engineering classes focus on honing and advancing core technical skills, our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to achieve excellence within your chosen field.

Further to your technical study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Live Sound

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to push live sound engineers to their limits. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your technical ability. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your understanding of both sound engineering and music theory as well as your ability to apply theory in a practical way.
  • Improve your understanding of the technology used in live events, and set you on the path of continuous learning.
  • Cover a wide variety of different event requirements, giving you the skills and ability to adapt to a variety of engineering situations.
  • Expand your listening skills and widen your musical knowledge with the aim of giving you confidence to express yourself in mixing unfamiliar styles of music.
  • Develop the practical skills required as a sound engineer, including soldering, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of equipment.
  • Understand the role of the sound system as a musical instrument.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence across the wide range of sound engineering disciplines. Four classes are taught each week covering: Theory, Technology, Skills, and Technique. Within these areas of study, you will acquire the many tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative sound engineer.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Vocals

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Vocals

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to push vocalists to their limits. Through expert tuition, workshops and live playing opportunities you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your singing.

During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your singing with increased accuracy, fluency, range, emotion and dynamic control.
  • Advance your level of technical ability to control your voice, opening up new levels of creative expression.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability and confidence to sing in a variety of musical situations and interact confidently with a band.
  • Develop your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of singing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week, covering: Theory, Technique, Styles and Ensemble. Within these areas of study, you will acquire many tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Piano & Keys

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Piano & Keys

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to push Piano & Keyboard players to their limits. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, expression and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability to create a different sound on your instrument and the confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of popular music theory, chords, scales and your ability to improvise.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between your hands and discover new methods of creative rhythmic expression on the keyboard.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers comprehensive training in the key aspects of modern playing. 
You will have the chance to hone your technical ability, creativity and musicality whilst increasing your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week covering: Theory, Technique, Styles and Rhythm & Independence. With access to a range of digital piano and keyboards from Roland, Nord, Korg and Yamaha, you will acquire the tools necessary to be a well-rounded, creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Guitar

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Guitar

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to open guitarists’ minds to how music works, how the guitar has grown and evolved throughout popular music history, the wide versatility of the guitar and how to express this creatively and musically. You will be given the opportunity to hone your technical skills and develop your confidence in a range of playing environments. Within the Principle Instrument Study module, you will study five key areas:

Theory is crucial for understanding what you are doing on your instrument. It also provides the language that enables you to communicate effectively with other musicians. The course takes a very practical approach to theory building from the ground up and only learning the theory directly relating to popular music and its application to guitar. You will learn scales, modes and the relationship between chordal harmony whilst always being shown the application of this knowledge on the instrument.

Technique
The main goal of the guitar technique classes are to ensure there is as little hindrance to your playing as possible. To achieve this the course looks at developing your knowledge of the guitar neck though the ‘CAGED’ system of learning as well as developing good technique such as controlled use of fretting hand fingers and alternate picking. Technique is also something that is picked up on and developed within the lead and rhythm styles classes too.

Rhythm styles
Being able to effectively re-create different styles and incorporate elements of those styles into your own playing style is something that nearly all musicians strive to master. From Blues, Motown and Funk through to Rock and Pop you will learn what shapes and characterizes these styles. Broadening musical knowledge and appreciation is a great way of opening up many new creative paths and allows you as a musician to express yourself in many differing ways.

Lead styles
This part of the course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to able to improvise and express yourself in a melodic and creative way. We start by building on an ability to see and hear intervals on the guitar, applying this to pentatonic scales, major scales and their modes. We then relate these abilities to common playing scenarios as well as developing use of expressive techniques such as string bends, slides and hammer on/pull offs.

General musicianship
This part of the course will equip you in important areas of being a developed musician but that are often overlooked such as setting up and looking after your own guitar as well as making creative use of effects and getting the best tone out of your guitar and amplifier.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Live Sound

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. The course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine group classes, workshops and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your sound, lighting and video skills. For the aspiring technician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found skill.

Further to your technical study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your skillset. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Year One Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Live Sound

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to push live sound engineers to their limits. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your technical ability. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your understanding of both sound engineering and music theory as well as your ability to apply theory in a practical way.
  • Improve your understanding of the technology used in live events, and set you on the path of continuous learning.
  • Cover a wide variety of different event requirements, giving you the skills and ability to adapt to a variety of engineering situations.
  • Expand your listening skills and widen your musical knowledge with the aim of giving you confidence to express yourself in mixing unfamiliar styles of music.
  • Develop the practical skills required as a sound engineer, including soldering, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of equipment.
  • Understand the role of the sound system as a musical instrument.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence across the wide range of sound engineering disciplines. Four classes are taught each week covering: Theory, Technology, Skills, and Technique. Within these areas of study, you will acquire the many tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative sound engineer.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Year Two Modules

Pathway Study 2; Live Sound

The Pathway Study module 2 is designed to give the opportunity for experienced sound students to further enhance their skills. Building upon the knowledge obtained in previous modules, lessons focus on taking current areas of competency and improving them to a high standard of excellence.

During this module, we will:

  • Expand your knowledge of digital consoles, wireless technology, and loudspeaker systems.
  • Undertake a simple peer assessed studio recording project.
  • Introduce an understanding of music theory and it’s practical applications within sound engineering.
  • Advance the level of creative skill that you can apply to mixing sound, designing and operating lighting systems, and designing and deploying video technology.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of different production roles.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of performance environments. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with course tutors.

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides a platform for students to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide the opportunity for students to broaden their awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to them.

Pursuit of Worship 2

Building on the core skills and competencies learned in the first year, this module enables you to continue to develop understanding within the area of worship.

The module examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level.

You will be able to draw from others’ experience and opinions in forming a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church, and be able to articulate their findings both verbally and in written form.

Live Performance Workshop 2

Building on from Live Performance Workshop module from the CertHE, you will have the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts and give consideration to the broader elements, such as lighting, sound and stage presentation.

The module includes a more project based work ethos in order to help you take personal and group ownership of your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Applied Biblical Studies 2

In this module you will complete the Bible overview started in year one. There will also be further thematic studies as well as more critical thinking skills being incorporated into the course.

You will develop a deeper understanding of Biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology, as well as developing transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This will help to gain further confidence and abilities in planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in the first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions & branding, budgeting, music history & appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Professional Development & Career Planning

The Professional Development & Career Planning module will focus on what it means to take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Contemporary Worship Practice

This module will look at the relationship between music, theology and worship. We will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

The module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Optional

Advanced Recital

This module has been designed for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Song Writing & Production

The Song Writing & Production module will discover how to build from composition as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a songs emotion, feel & message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of multiple DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module you will learn the management side of live events. This is designed to take your experience of performing and operating and develop it to a professional level, building on your previous involvement in two years’ worth of Nexus ICA events. The module includes a requirement to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

This module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. We will equip you with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this actually shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to setup and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is a requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Church Praxis

This module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. We will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The course content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. The module has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and childrens workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Church History

This module is going to give students an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. We are going to cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. The module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Vocals

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. The course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Vocals

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to push vocalists to their limits. Through expert tuition, workshops and live playing opportunities you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your singing.

During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your singing with increased accuracy, fluency, range, emotion and dynamic control.
  • Advance your level of technical ability to control your voice, opening up new levels of creative expression.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability and confidence to sing in a variety of musical situations and interact confidently with a band.
  • Develop your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of singing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week, covering: Theory, Technique, Styles and Ensemble. Within these areas of study, you will acquire many tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Year Two Modules

Pathway Study 2; Vocals

The Pathway Study module 2 is designed to develop vocalists who want to go further than and build on the previous year. Through expert tuition, workshops and live playing opportunities you will develop the tools and knowledge you need to improve on every aspect of your singing. During your time studying this module, we will:

  • Continue to develop your technique to transform your singing with increased accuracy, fluency, range, emotion and dynamic control.
  • Advance your level of technical ability to control your voice, opening up new levels of creative expression.
  • Take your general musicianship to the next level so that you are able to more confidently and professionally interact with other musicians.
  • Further develop in you skills and the experience required to develop confidence in more specific singing scenarios.
  • You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments.

There will be two instrument classes taught each week, through which you will efficiently build on what you learned during previous modules. Within these areas of study, you will develop many tools necessary further develop yourself into a well-rounded and creative musician.

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides a platform for students to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide the opportunity for students to broaden their awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to them.

Pursuit of Worship 2

Building on the core skills and competencies learned in the first year, this module enables you to continue to develop understanding within the area of worship.

The module examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level.

You will be able to draw from others’ experience and opinions in forming a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church, and be able to articulate their findings both verbally and in written form.

Live Performance Workshop 2

Building on from Live Performance Workshop module from the CertHE, you will have the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts and give consideration to the broader elements, such as lighting, sound and stage presentation.

The module includes a more project based work ethos in order to help you take personal and group ownership of your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Applied Biblical Studies 2

In this module you will complete the Bible overview started in year one. There will also be further thematic studies as well as more critical thinking skills being incorporated into the course.

You will develop a deeper understanding of Biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology, as well as developing transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This will help to gain further confidence and abilities in planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in the first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions & branding, budgeting, music history & appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Professional Development & Career Planning

The Professional Development & Career Planning module will focus on what it means to take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Contemporary Worship Practice

This module will look at the relationship between music, theology and worship. We will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

The module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Optional

Advanced Recital

This module has been designed for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Song Writing & Production

The Song Writing & Production module will discover how to build from composition as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a songs emotion, feel & message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of multiple DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module you will learn the management side of live events. This is designed to take your experience of performing and operating and develop it to a professional level, building on your previous involvement in two years’ worth of Nexus ICA events. The module includes a requirement to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

This module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. We will equip you with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this actually shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to setup and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is a requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Church Praxis

This module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. We will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The course content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. The module has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and childrens workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Church History

This module is going to give students an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. We are going to cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. The module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Piano & Keys

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. The course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Piano & Keys

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to push Piano & Keyboard players to their limits. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, expression and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability to create a different sound on your instrument and the confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of popular music theory, chords, scales and your ability to improvise.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between your hands and discover new methods of creative rhythmic expression on the keyboard.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers comprehensive training in the key aspects of modern playing. 
You will have the chance to hone your technical ability, creativity and musicality whilst increasing your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week covering: Theory, Technique, Styles and Rhythm & Independence. With access to a range of digital piano and keyboards from Roland, Nord, Korg and Yamaha, you will acquire the tools necessary to be a well-rounded, creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Year Two Modules

Pathway Study 2; Piano & Keys

The aim of this module is to build on the previous year’s pathway study.

In this module you will develop further and more advanced musical and technical skills with a strong emphasis placed on project work as well as musical and creative application of new skills learned within scheduled lessons.

You will also take greater control and responsibility over their learning and progression and demonstrate a deeper level of reflective practice.

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides a platform for students to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide the opportunity for students to broaden their awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to them.

Pursuit of Worship 2

Building on the core skills and competencies learned in the first year, this module enables you to continue to develop understanding within the area of worship.

The module examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level.

You will be able to draw from others’ experience and opinions in forming a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church, and be able to articulate their findings both verbally and in written form.

Live Performance Workshop 2

Building on from Live Performance Workshop module from the CertHE, you will have the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts and give consideration to the broader elements, such as lighting, sound and stage presentation.

The module includes a more project based work ethos in order to help you take personal and group ownership of your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Applied Biblical Studies 2

In this module you will complete the Bible overview started in year one. There will also be further thematic studies as well as more critical thinking skills being incorporated into the course.

You will develop a deeper understanding of Biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology, as well as developing transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This will help to gain further confidence and abilities in planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in the first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions & branding, budgeting, music history & appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Professional Development & Career Planning

The Professional Development & Career Planning module will focus on what it means to take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Contemporary Worship Practice

This module will look at the relationship between music, theology and worship. We will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

The module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Optional

Advanced Recital

This module has been designed for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Song Writing & Production

The Song Writing & Production module will discover how to build from composition as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a songs emotion, feel & message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of multiple DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module you will learn the management side of live events. This is designed to take your experience of performing and operating and develop it to a professional level, building on your previous involvement in two years’ worth of Nexus ICA events. The module includes a requirement to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

This module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. We will equip you with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this actually shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to setup and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is a requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Church Praxis

This module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. We will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The course content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. The module has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and childrens workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Church History

This module is going to give students an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. We are going to cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. The module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Guitar

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. The course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Guitar

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b have been designed to open guitarists’ minds to how music works, how the guitar has grown and evolved throughout popular music history, the wide versatility of the guitar and how to express this creatively and musically. You will be given the opportunity to hone your technical skills and develop your confidence in a range of playing environments. Within the Principle Instrument Study module, you will study five key areas:

Theory is crucial for understanding what you are doing on your instrument. It also provides the language that enables you to communicate effectively with other musicians. The course takes a very practical approach to theory building from the ground up and only learning the theory directly relating to popular music and its application to guitar. You will learn scales, modes and the relationship between chordal harmony whilst always being shown the application of this knowledge on the instrument.

Technique
The main goal of the guitar technique classes are to ensure there is as little hindrance to your playing as possible. To achieve this the course looks at developing your knowledge of the guitar neck though the ‘CAGED’ system of learning as well as developing good technique such as controlled use of fretting hand fingers and alternate picking. Technique is also something that is picked up on and developed within the lead and rhythm styles classes too.

Rhythm styles
Being able to effectively re-create different styles and incorporate elements of those styles into your own playing style is something that nearly all musicians strive to master. From Blues, Motown and Funk through to Rock and Pop you will learn what shapes and characterizes these styles. Broadening musical knowledge and appreciation is a great way of opening up many new creative paths and allows you as a musician to express yourself in many differing ways.

Lead styles
This part of the course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to able to improvise and express yourself in a melodic and creative way. We start by building on an ability to see and hear intervals on the guitar, applying this to pentatonic scales, major scales and their modes. We then relate these abilities to common playing scenarios as well as developing use of expressive techniques such as string bends, slides and hammer on/pull offs.

General musicianship
This part of the course will equip you in important areas of being a developed musician but that are often overlooked such as setting up and looking after your own guitar as well as making creative use of effects and getting the best tone out of your guitar and amplifier.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Year Two Modules

Pathway Study 2; Guitar

The Pathway Study module 2 is designed to give the opportunity for experienced guitarists to further enhance their playing. Building upon the knowledge obtained in previous modules, lessons focus on taking current areas of competency and improving them to a high standard of excellence.

During this module, we will:

  • Transform your technique, refining what it means to play with speed and control.
  • Continue learning how to play a variety of musical styles in an authentic manner, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Improve your understanding of harmony and your ability to improvise.
  • Continue exploring advanced lead techniques opening up your playing to greater levels of creative expression.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with course tutors.

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides a platform for students to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide the opportunity for students to broaden their awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to them.

Pursuit of Worship 2

Building on the core skills and competencies learned in the first year, this module enables you to continue to develop understanding within the area of worship.

The module examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level.

You will be able to draw from others’ experience and opinions in forming a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church, and be able to articulate their findings both verbally and in written form.

Live Performance Workshop 2

Building on from Live Performance Workshop module from the CertHE, you will have the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts and give consideration to the broader elements, such as lighting, sound and stage presentation.

The module includes a more project based work ethos in order to help you take personal and group ownership of your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Applied Biblical Studies 2

In this module you will complete the Bible overview started in year one. There will also be further thematic studies as well as more critical thinking skills being incorporated into the course.

You will develop a deeper understanding of Biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology, as well as developing transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This will help to gain further confidence and abilities in planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in the first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions & branding, budgeting, music history & appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Professional Development & Career Planning

The Professional Development & Career Planning module will focus on what it means to take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Contemporary Worship Practice

This module will look at the relationship between music, theology and worship. We will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

The module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Optional

Advanced Recital

This module has been designed for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Song Writing & Production

The Song Writing & Production module will discover how to build from composition as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a songs emotion, feel & message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of multiple DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module you will learn the management side of live events. This is designed to take your experience of performing and operating and develop it to a professional level, building on your previous involvement in two years’ worth of Nexus ICA events. The module includes a requirement to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

This module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. We will equip you with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this actually shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to setup and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is a requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Church Praxis

This module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. We will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The course content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. The module has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and childrens workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Church History

This module is going to give students an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. We are going to cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. The module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Drums

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. The course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Drums

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b are designed to push drummers to their limits. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, power and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between each of your limbs, opening up new levels of creative expression.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week covering: Theory, Technique, Styles and Independence. Within these areas of study, you will acquire many tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Year Two Modules

Pathway Study 2; Drums

The Pathway Study module 2 is designed to give the opportunity for experienced drummers to further enhance their playing. Building upon the knowledge obtained in previous modules, lessons focus on taking current areas of competency and improving them to a high standard of excellence.

During this module, we will:

  • Transform your hand technique, refining what it means to play with speed, power and dynamic control.
  • Continue learning how to play a variety of musical styles in an authentic manner, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Improve your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between each of your limbs, opening up new levels of creative expression.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with course tutors.

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides a platform for students to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide the opportunity for students to broaden their awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to them.

Pursuit of Worship 2

Building on the core skills and competencies learned in the first year, this module enables you to continue to develop understanding within the area of worship.

The module examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level.

You will be able to draw from others’ experience and opinions in forming a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church, and be able to articulate their findings both verbally and in written form.

Live Performance Workshop 2

Building on from Live Performance Workshop module from the CertHE, you will have the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts and give consideration to the broader elements, such as lighting, sound and stage presentation.

The module includes a more project based work ethos in order to help you take personal and group ownership of your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Applied Biblical Studies 2

In this module you will complete the Bible overview started in year one. There will also be further thematic studies as well as more critical thinking skills being incorporated into the course.

You will develop a deeper understanding of Biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology, as well as developing transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This will help to gain further confidence and abilities in planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in the first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions & branding, budgeting, music history & appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Professional Development & Career Planning

The Professional Development & Career Planning module will focus on what it means to take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Contemporary Worship Practice

This module will look at the relationship between music, theology and worship. We will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

The module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Optional

Advanced Recital

This module has been designed for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Song Writing & Production

The Song Writing & Production module will discover how to build from composition as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a songs emotion, feel & message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of multiple DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module you will learn the management side of live events. This is designed to take your experience of performing and operating and develop it to a professional level, building on your previous involvement in two years’ worth of Nexus ICA events. The module includes a requirement to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

This module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. We will equip you with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this actually shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to setup and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is a requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Church Praxis

This module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. We will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The course content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. The module has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and childrens workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Church History

This module is going to give students an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. We are going to cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. The module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Drums

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Drums

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b are designed to push drummers to their limits. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, power and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between each of your limbs, opening up new levels of creative expression.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week covering: Theory, Technique, Styles and Independence. Within these areas of study, you will acquire many tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Bass

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. The course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Bass

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b are designed to develop bass players into well-rounded musicians. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing and prepare you for almost any musical environment. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, authority and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different musical styles, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical environments.
  • Build on your understanding of music theory, how it is used and how it applies to your playing.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week, covering: Technique, Styles, Theory and Basslines. Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Year Two Modules

Pathway Study 2; Bass

The Pathway Study module 2 is designed to build on the knowledge that bass players acquired during both Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b. Through expert tuition you will gain the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing and prepare you for almost any musical environment. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing further with increased accuracy, fluency, authority and speed.
  • Build on your understanding of music theory further, how it is used and how it applies to your playing.
  • Help you develop your own personality with your instrument.
  • Cover a wide variety of techniques to craft different sounds with your instrument.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Two instrument classes are taught each week, covering: Technique Extra (a class building on all theoretical & technical aspects of the previous modules) and Creative Exploration (a class designed to explore the more creative aspects of playing). Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician.

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides a platform for students to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide the opportunity for students to broaden their awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to them.

Pursuit of Worship 2

Building on the core skills and competencies learned in the first year, this module enables you to continue to develop understanding within the area of worship.

The module examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level.

You will be able to draw from others’ experience and opinions in forming a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church, and be able to articulate their findings both verbally and in written form.

Live Performance Workshop 2

Building on from Live Performance Workshop module from the CertHE, you will have the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts and give consideration to the broader elements, such as lighting, sound and stage presentation.

The module includes a more project based work ethos in order to help you take personal and group ownership of your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Applied Biblical Studies 2

In this module you will complete the Bible overview started in year one. There will also be further thematic studies as well as more critical thinking skills being incorporated into the course.

You will develop a deeper understanding of Biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology, as well as developing transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This will help to gain further confidence and abilities in planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in the first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions & branding, budgeting, music history & appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Professional Development & Career Planning

The Professional Development & Career Planning module will focus on what it means to take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Contemporary Worship Practice

This module will look at the relationship between music, theology and worship. We will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

The module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Optional

Advanced Recital

This module has been designed for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Song Writing & Production

The Song Writing & Production module will discover how to build from composition as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a songs emotion, feel & message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of multiple DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module you will learn the management side of live events. This is designed to take your experience of performing and operating and develop it to a professional level, building on your previous involvement in two years’ worth of Nexus ICA events. The module includes a requirement to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

This module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. We will equip you with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this actually shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to setup and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is a requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Church Praxis

This module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. We will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The course content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. The module has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and childrens workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Church History

This module is going to give students an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. We are going to cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. The module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Bass

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Pathway Study 1a & 1b; Bass

Pathway Study modules 1a & 1b are designed to develop bass players into well-rounded musicians. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing and prepare you for almost any musical environment. During your time studying here, we will:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, authority and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different musical styles, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical environments.
  • Build on your understanding of music theory, how it is used and how it applies to your playing.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

You will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of playing environments. Four instrument classes are taught each week, covering: Technique, Styles, Theory and Basslines. Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician.

Live Performance Workshop 1

In addition to instrument-specific classes, there are many opportunities throughout the course for you to work on your competency in a performance environment. The Live Performance Workshop (LPW) module provides regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and forms an essential part of the teaching here at Nexus ICA. Within this module you will:

  • Practically apply principle instrument study lessons in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succ

Pursuit of Worship 1

The Pursuit of Worship (POW) module aims to equip each student with the relevant core skills and competencies in the area of worship. Throughout the semester the POW module looks at worship as described in Biblical texts and also examines how to analyse cultural understanding of worship. The structure of the module allows the student to engage with the material alongside other students and staff with plenty of opportunity for discourse, questions and exploration of the topics taught.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • POW Core unpacks crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback to help get to grips with the principles being taught. Often revisiting well known passages of scripture, the module examines these with an emphasis on application in personal life.
  • POW Foundations looks at foundational scriptural material relating to worship and explores the relevance of spiritual disciplines as related to the practicalities of worship leading. Delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback which forms an intrinsic part of the POW module.
  • POW Applied explores the journey from understanding to core response as the themes that have been taught in Lifestyle and Foundations are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A sessions. Highly interactional, students have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce relevant personal understanding.

Applied Biblical Studies 1a & 1b

The Applied Biblical Studies modules 1a & 1b are designed to help you gain new knowledge of the Bible and Christian doctrine and further develop study, research and practical life skills with the goal of knowing God and being better equipped to build His kingdom. These modules will assist you in applying faith foundations to your life’s circumstances and enhance your ability to contextualise your creativity within your ever-increasing Biblical understanding.

  • Gain understanding of the big stories and themes in scripture as you learn to mine the treasure contained in it’s pages.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational Biblical principles with an emphasis on application across all areas of life.
  • Explore what it really means to be a disciple, learning to wholeheartedly pursue Christ.
  • Enhance a range of practical life skills helping you to gain further confidence and abilities in leading, managing and communicating.

Applied Biblical Studies is fully integrated into the student experience through: work placements (church based work experience), reading programs, lectures and seminars, practical workshops, small group discussions and whole school events. The module is constructed around the four weekly core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

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Popular Music and Worship Entry Requirements

Academic
64 UCAS tariff points (Please note, we are implementing the new UCAS tariff system for September 2017 entry)

GCSE English at grade C
(Non native English speaking students need to meet our following English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Visit our International Students page for more information.)

Practical
Prospective students will be required to undertake a practical audition to assess musical ability (equivalent to Grade 6 Practical and Grade 5 theory, based on the RockSchool syllabus). If you don’t have Grade 5 theory you will be required to take a short music theory entrance exam. These exams will be available to take on one of our Open Days.

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Course Qualification on Completion
 (One Year)
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE).
Level 4 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

Course Qualification on Completion
 (Three Years)
BA (Honours) degree.
Level 6 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

Course Structure
Intake: September 2017
Length: CertHE – 1 Academic Year, BA (Hons) – 3 Academic Years

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