British-based E-MU (unrelated to the famous sampler brand) has developed the first fully online music degree in Europe, offering musicians the chance to study for a full Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music, for as little as £3,500 (€4,200) a year. Run in partnership with Falmouth University, the degree is the latest venture from the founders of the renowned Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) Group. The trio, credited with “inventing modern music education in the UK”, sold BIMM to private equity in 2012. Most recently, BIMM spoke to PSNEurope denying claims in the national press that is on the market.
As well as paying around a third of the cost of a conventional campus based degree, students will get one-on-one online tuition with tutors including professional musicians, songwriters and managers who have all played, produced and toured with world class artists. The degree can also be studied as a four year, part-time course. The three E-MU founders (pictured L-R above) Kevin Nixon, Sarah Clayman and Bruce Dickinson have over 40 hit records, three no. 1 albums and a BRIT Award between them, as well as CVs that include top jobs at major record labels. Nixon said: “If you look at today’s top talent, a huge number of them have found success following conventional music education. But the next generation of professional musicians is faced with academic choices they might not want, and prices they can’t pay. “E-MU provides the alternative – an affordable degree gained through world class, online tuition. The future of music is digital and so is the future of music education.” Students can apply online now for courses in guitar, songwriting and music management starting in September 2014. These will be followed by courses in bass, drums, and vocals.
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