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There has been a large increase in the number of colleges and universities in Scotland that offer popular music courses. One of the early adopters of popular music at degree level was Edinburgh Napier University. Napier had always taught classical music through its BMus course, however decided to take a risk and go down the popular music route too. Graham Weir was asked to set-up, what would be, the very first popular music degree course in Scotland. Graham had previously created and managed the NC, HNC and HND Musicianship courses at Jewel & Esk Valley College (Now Edinburgh College). It wasn’t long before other universities followed Edinburgh Napier’s lead. With music being one of the UK’s biggest exports, many senior academics and education policy makers were quick to encouraging the growth of such courses which has led to many new programmes being offered, from the Highlands to the West of Scotland.


University Courses – Popular Music

Edinburgh Napier University
BA (Hons) – Popular Music 4 year course
Modules: Music in the Community, Performance, Popular Music History, Music Technology, Music Business, World Music, Composition and Music for Screen.
More Info: Graham Weir, Head of Music, 0131 455 6212, g.weir@napier.ac.ukwww.edinburghnapiermusic.co.uk

Abertay University
BA (Hons) – Creative Sound Production 4 year course
Modules: Interactive Music and Audio, Broadcast Media, Radio Production, Designing Synthesizers, Music for Computer Games.
More Info: Dr Kenneth McAlpine, Head of Music, 01382 308189, K.McAlpine@abertay.ac.uk, Creative Sound Production Website

University of Highlands and Islands
BA (Hons) – Popular Music 4 year course
Modules: Music Entrepreneurship, Creative Songwriting, Applied Music Composition, Teaching and Learning, Music Law, Music Management.
More Info: Ronny Goodman, Head of Music,01738 877427, ronny.goodman.perth@uhi.ac.uk, UHI Music Website

University of West of Scotland
BA (Hons) – Applied Music 4 years course
Modules: Performance, Production, Sociology, IP Law, New Media, Website Design, Transferable Skills.
More Info: Allan Dumbreck, 0141 849 4101, Allan.Dumbreck@uws.ac.uk, UWS Music Course

University of Glasgow
MLitt – Popular Music 12 month course
Modules: Music Industries, Popular Music Politics, Creative Practice, Placement.
More Info: Professor Martin Cloonan,0141 330 4903 Martin.Cloonan@glasgow.ac.uk, Glasgow University Music Course