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Creative Music Technologies BMus(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time W301 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

This course will enable you to engage with popular and traditional musical genres, and gain advanced skills in sound manipulation, recording and production techniques through a hands-on and creative approach to learning. You will join a thriving community of musicians who are actively involved in creating music through performance, composition and production work.

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What you will study

In Year 1, you will study specialist music technology skills alongside music production. The focus is on key musical and study skills while developing specialist composition and/or performance techniques. You will have opportunities to participate in a wide range of creative and performance-based activities.

In Year 2, you will further explore studio, recording and production techniques, while enhancing your creative skills in composition and/or performance. Key features include sound synthesis and creating sound and music to moving image. You will also learn research skills and explore live sound and event management. A core module focuses on music industry careers; you will have the opportunity to broaden your experience through an industry work placement.

Year 3's key focus is the individual project, offering you the choice of special study supported by personal tutorials or individual instrumental lessons. Visiting industry professionals present research seminars. You will choose additional modules from a range of associated topics, further developing your musical interests.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • The focus of this module is the development of a comprehensive theoretical and
    practical grounding in studio craft, specifically targeted towards creative
    recording and production techniques.  The module will be taught through
    intensive theoretical and practical lectures and workshops in the studio and
    computer lab, in which you will learn to record, mix and produce. Assessment
    for this module will be by: a group-based multi-track recording project
    accompanied by an individual reflective report; two technical exercises (one
    group and one individual); and a multi-choice test. There will be an emphasis
    on effective listening skills as applicable to working creatively in a
    recording and production environment. 

  • This module introduces students to essential musicianship skills for the music technologist. It is intended to develop students’ understanding of theoretical topics in music through a combination of theory and applied learning. Students will examine, through aural, written and computer-based tasks, the fundamentals of acoustics, music theory and critical listening, including the ways in which melody, harmony, rhythm, form and audio production techniques are used in a variety of different musical genres. Through lectures and practical tasks, including listening and analysis exercises, MIDI sequencing, composition, songwriting and arrangement, students will acquire the vital knowledge and skills required to analyse and critique a wide range of music. 

  • Drawing from both popular and art music backgrounds, the focus of this module is practical experimentation with music technology. Students are introduced to the underlying principles of sampling and sound manipulation and explore a variety of approaches to creating with technology. The creative application of software such as Logic, Ableton Live, Max and puredata (pd) is at the foreground of this module. A variety of contemporary methods for interfacing with and through sound are also considered, as are the basics of hardware electronics and the principles of live sound reinforcement. All students who undertake this module will create a portfolio of fixed works and participate in at least one collaborative ensemble project, however the portfolio-nature allows for some degree of specialisation via a ‘final project’ towards the end of the module. 

  • This module will enable creative music technology students to develop their skills in performance or composition supported by acquiring the necessary skills in research and academic writing to underpin university level studies.

    All students will be introduced to a range of contemporary issues in music and music technology. Through listening to and analysis of a wide range of musical styles, students will enhance their critical skills and musical vocabulary, whilst developing fundamental skills in academic writing and research. CV writing and employability skills will also be covered. Students will follow one of two routes through the module, allowing them to apply these skills creatively to their own musical practice.

    Composers will receive small-group tuition. The assessment in this module is through a varied portfolio of work including creative work (compositions) and written assignments.

  • This module will enable creative music technology students to develop their skills in performance or composition supported by acquiring the necessary skills in research and academic writing to underpin university level studies.

    All students will be introduced to a range of contemporary issues in music and music technology. Through listening to and analysis of a wide range of musical styles, students will enhance their critical skills and musical vocabulary, whilst developing fundamental skills in academic writing and research. CV writing and employability skills will also be covered.

    Students will receive 6 hours of specialist individual tuition on their instrument or voice in addition to lectures. The assessment in this module is through a varied portfolio of work including creative work (performances and critical engagement through a performance diary) and written assignments.


Year 2 (Level 5)

  • This module explores audio post production processes including ADR, sound design & effects and Foley. Students will develop flexible composing skills to enable them to be able to write in a variety of different musical styles and genres as required. Balancing the final mix of a film soundtrack will also be covered, including production dialogue, ADR, effects and sound design, Foley and music composition. Students on this route will initially engage with the music and sound aspects of post production audio in isolation, before combining the two together and dealing with the balancing and mixing of a complete soundtrack.

  • This module will build on the skills obtained in MU4008 Recording and Production Techniques 1. Through practical and theoretical sessions students will learn a range of recording, mixing and production techniques. Topics covered will include developing advanced skills in the use of digital audio and MIDI software, building suitable arrangements and structures for mixing and production projects, the mixing process and techniques, and analysis of contemporary and historical recordings. Students will learn how to use a professional recording facility effectively.

  • This module will explore what sound is and how we hear it, methods we have for creating and processing it and how sound is organised in a musical context. Drawing from both experimental and popular backgrounds, this module will examine cultural, technical, and aesthetic considerations in different types of sound art. Students will explore this area from both practical and theoretical perspectives, including an introduction to advanced methods of synthesis and other forms of audio processing. The assessment in this module is via a portfolio of practical and theoretical work demonstrating students’ grasp of the theoretical issues, their ability to apply their knowledge and skill creatively, and engage in research. The assessment may include technical exercises, short tests, presentations, and creative work.

  • This module is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the employment opportunities available to Music and Creative Music Technologies graduates and to develop skills in project management. Students will be introduced to a range of administrative, planning and marketing skills, and learn to use appropriate professional language. Students will also explore ways of identifying and accessing career opportunities in the Arts. The module is taught as a series of lectures, seminars, practical exercises and a work placement.

  • This module provides the opportunity for students to further develop compositional skills and refine their personal voice, with an emphasis on contemporary techniques and styles. Engagement with a wide range of musical styles in order to broaden understanding of more complex compositional issues is encouraged, this may include: alternative methods of notation; large-scale structuring principles; interactivity and conceptual models in composition. Technical, aesthetic and stylistic aspects of compositional work will be developed alongside an awareness of context both historical and philosophical. A direct collaboration with a performer to produce a new bespoke piece will be a feature of one of the projects.

  • This module is open to both Music and Creative Music Technologies students. Twelve hours of individual instrumental/vocal tuition are provided in addition to twenty-two hours of lectures and workshops. Students will be invited to address a range of topics related to musical performance including engaging with the avant-garde in a range of genres and experimenting with performing methods and traditions. For part of the course, performers will be paired with composers and will commission pieces from their partners, negotiating the creation of a bespoke piece designed to exploit and stretch their full range of performing skills. They will also further develop skills in delivering and assessing performance, performance practice and presentation.

  • This module looks at a range of popular musics, analyses the techniques used in writing and performing them and provides the opportunity for students to develop their own songwriting and performing skills in workshops. Assessment will be through the presentation of a folio of songs in the form of recordings and lead sheets and live performances of them.


Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Students will produce a substantial piece of work in one of the following pathways: performance, composition, dissertation, music technology. Supported by group pathway meetings and individual tutorials, students will work towards the major project of their choice and produce a project plan and reflective summation. Students’ ideas will further be challenged through a series of research seminars on cutting-edge music topics on which they will produce written work. 

  • Through this module students will gain an awareness of Music Education in the UK and have an opportunity to engage with some current issues and practical challenges.  It will examine a variety of topical and sometimes contentious issues and practical challenges concerning, for example, music in the National Curriculum; the curriculum in the primary and secondary school; extra-curricular music such as instrumental teaching, composing, arranging and conducting. Psychological perspectives on learning, teaching and creativity will also be addressed.  In the first semester the module will be delivered through keynote lectures, seminars and workshops, with student participation in discussions, mini-presentations and group practical tasks. Further workshops and tutorials dedicated to students’ chosen project will be arranged as necessary in the second semester. The assessment for the module will be in the form of a project focusing on a chosen area of interest in music education in the form of either a small educational investigation, devising a series of lessons for children of a chosen age, or addressing a practical challenge such as arranging for and conducting a school orchestra.

  • Jazz harmony, rhythm and improvisation skills will be taught in this year-long optional module, along with their practical application in performance. The module will enable students to recognise features of a range of jazz styles within a historical context and put them into practice.

  • This module focuses on the collaborative development of a group performance project, and explores the technical skills necessary to stage a professional performance event. As well as performing in a group, students undertake both practical and theoretical work in live sound management and event production. The performances may be multimedia-based (which could involve dance and/or moving image), or might centre on live electronics, hybrid art-forms or the role of music technology in live performance. Individual groups may decide to focus on traditional acoustic or amplified electronic instrumentation; the specific agenda of each performance, and the technical parameters necessary, are negotiated with module tutors. The wording of the module title is intended to promote as broad, inclusive, and overlapping a definition of composition/performance/improvisation as is possible; students may utilise all relevant forms of repertoire, but significant emphasis is placed on creative interpretation. Summative assessment is through performance, critical reflection and peer assessment.

  • This module will explore the complete audio post-production process in detail, including ADR, sound design, sound effects and Foley. Students will develop skills to demonstrate the flexibility to compose across a variety of different musical styles and genres.  They will also learn to effectively balance the final mix of a film soundtrack, including ADR, sound effects and sound design, Foley and music composition.  Students will also be encouraged to explore the relationship between audio and video in non-narrative film and will have the opportunity to work creatively in this area through their research project and associated creative work.

  • This module will explore the analysis of instrumental music, from a range of genres. Students will develop their creative work, by applying their analytical understanding of a chosen style to creating new arrangements and orchestrations. They will develop skills in arranging a melody, formulating a harmonic support, structural layout, in a manner which is appropriate for the chosen style. They will also develop skills in orchestration with reference to a chosen genre.

  • This optional module will consider music from a psychological standpoint, with emphasis on experimental psychology. It considers the diverse levels of engagement we have with music by examining our experience of music including: learning music, memorising music, composing, performing and improvising. Students will be exposed to current theories of music psychology. Themed lectures will introduce key topics, followed by student-led discussion workshops which will provide the opportunity for students to reflect and discuss issues. Assessment will be through an applied project which involves collecting empirical data in a chosen field via observation and/or questionnaires and submitting a critical assessment of the data (30%), and, an essay on a related topic selected from a choice provided by the tutor (70%).

  • This module is a level 6 optional module for both Music and Music Technology students. It calls upon the knowledge and skills which students have developed at levels 4 and 5 of their programme and provides an opportunity for them to work to a high academic and professional standard. Students will learn how to plan, develop and produce group studio recording projects and how to position them in terms of genre, audiences, marketing and the music business. The final outcomes are group master recordings, supported by individual research and documentation.  Presentations and seminar sessions will provide the opportunity for formative feedback on the projects. In the lectures and seminars, the historical and contemporary roles of producers, recording engineers, composers/arrangers, session musicians, marketing and the music business will be analysed and evaluated, as well as the influence of technology on music creation and dissemination of work. Lectures and seminars will include group discussion, and students will be encouraged week by week to participate by bringing in audio and audio and visual materials that illustrate lecture topics. Lecture materials will be provided on StudySpace.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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