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Recommended popular music degrees

Can anyone recommend the best universities and conservatoires for popular music, focusing on performance but perhaps with a music business or production element too? I've been to an open day at Bimm in London and I've got open days booked at Sheffield and Leeds universities and ICMP. I'm also planning to attend open days at Trinity Laban, LCM and Point Blank in London, Leeds Conservatoire and possibly RNCM, and others too. It sounds like a lot but I'm trying to minimise the chance of making a costly mistake, both financially and from the point of view of a future career in the industry. There's so much information out there and so many contrasting opinions it's hard to know what to do. Any help much appreciated especially if you're doing a popular music course at one of these institutions or have attended one in the past. Thanks!
My son is currently studying Popular Music and he also has several friends studying at some of the places you have mentioned. Based on our research/visits and the opinions of current and recent students I would recommend the following:

LIPA
Leeds Conservatoire
RNCM
Waterbear Sheffield or Brighton (well above the standard and opportunities of the likes of BIMM etc)
Salford (but keep an eye on them as they seem to have cut some courses recently)
Huddersfield
We also liked LCCM more than ACM and BIMM but not as much as the above.
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That's really helpful. I hadn't thought of some of those and will look into them. Thank you

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