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BA (Hons) / Cert HE Popular Music & Worship

Interview

You will need to demonstrate your suitability to study on this course through an interview.

Your interview will be arranged through the admissions department at Nexus ICA.

Music Theory

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of music theory, equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 5 music theory syallabus. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in music theory to this standard or be required to complete our theory paper. You will be able to sit this paper at any of our Open Days or if you are unable to make it to us, you will be asked appropriate theory questions as part of your video call interview.

Please note; it is not a requirement that you hold a previously achieved music theory certificate but is a requirement that you compete our paper should you not. 

Our paper contains questions on popular music topics such as reading notation, harmony, and audio theory. You can find a sample theory entry paper below to get a sense of the kind of questions you will be asked.

If you would like any further guidance as to how to prepare for this paper, please get in touch.

Pathway Audition

You will need to demonstrate a playing ability equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 6 practical syllabus in your chosen pathway. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in your chosen pathway to this standard or simply be able to demonstrate your competence against the same standard.

Please note: if you already hold a Grade 6 certificate in your chosen instrument pathway, you are not required to do an audition or submit audition videos.

Your audition pieces are something you should invest care and time in preparing to best demonstrate your musical ability. However, please refrain from spending too much time on the technicalities of creating the video. A video filmed on your phone will be of sufficient quality.

BA (Hons) Songwriting

Interview

You will need to demonstrate your suitability to study on this course through an interview.

Your interview will be arranged through the admissions department at Nexus ICA.

Music Theory

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of music theory, equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 5 music theory syallabus. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in music theory to this standard or be required to complete our theory paper. You will be able to sit this paper at any of our Open Days or if you are unable to make it to us, you will be asked appropriate theory questions as part of your video call interview.

Please note; it is not a requirement that you hold a previously achieved music theory certificate but is a requirement that you sit the paper should you not. 

Our paper contains questions on popular music topics such as reading notation, harmony, and audio theory. You can find a sample theory entry paper below to get a sense of the kind of questions you will be asked.

Sample Paper

If you would like any further guidance as to how to prepare for this paper, please get in touch.

Songwriting Portfolio

You will need to demonstrate your compositional ability by submitting two songs you have written.

Submit Your Songs

Please note; whether you hold any previous certificates in songwriting or not, it is a requirement of all applicants to submit a compositional portfolio outlined in the guidance below. 

Your compositions are something you should invest care and time in preparing to best demonstrate your musical ability.

Song Portfolio Guidance

BA (Hons) Event Technology

Interview

You will need to demonstrate your technical ability & suitability to study this degree through an interview.

Please note; whether you hold any previous certificates in this area or not, it is a requirement of all applicants to attend an interview.

Your interview will be arranged through the admissions department at Nexus ICA.

MMus Popular Music Performance

Interview

You will also need to demonstrate your suitability to study at Masters level via an interview. This can done via digital conference call or in person at Nexus ICA.

Your interview will be arranged through the admissions department at Nexus ICA.

Pathway Audition

You will need to demonstrate your performance ability in your chosen pathway by submitting two audition pieces. This can be done via video submission or in person at Nexus ICA.

Submit Your Audition

Extra Help

Whichever course you are preparing to study on with us, our admissions team are here to help. If you are confused, unsure or simply want to check, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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