Within this course you have the option of two different pathways: Music Technology and Music Performance.
This course is designed for students who are looking for a career in the music industry and have a strong interest in music performance, music composition and production, studio recording, live sound and music software design. The course gives students a range of both practical and theoretical skills that can be utilised in music performance and music
Work-based learning and experience is embedded into the course and local employers (such as Modern World Studios and M5 Audio) are frequently involved in industry based projects, contributing to the studio and live sound production projects. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their performance events production and live music production skills at the college’s brand new McMillan Theatre complex to work on live client briefs or perform for local music events.
Music students have been on residential trips to New York, London and Berlin. Industrial music practitioners often come to our state-of-the-art music production facilities to work with students on projects and lead workshops and lectures.
The modules studied may include:
• Studio Recording Techniques
• Live Sound
• Music Industry
• Music Sequencing
• Sound and Music for Media
• Music Performance
• Synthesis and Sampling
• Events Management and Production
Teaching and Assessment
Coursework is an important element in the assessment of the course and a large variety of assignments are used, depending upon the subject. Assignment methods will include performances & practical assessments, oral presentations & vivas, creative production tasks, practical and written technical reports.
This Music Production programme offers access to a wide range of professions within the music industry as well as opportunities to specialise further by topping up to the BA
(Hons) Creative Music Production Degree, at Oxford Brookes University.
Past students have gone on to work for companies including M5 Audio, Films@59 and Cygnus Music.
Typically entrants will possess:
• 48 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area
• GCSE English
Applicants will also need to attend an interview, and provide a portfolio.
Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply.
Meet your lecturers
Naomi Goude - Head of Creative Arts
Julian Watkiss - Course Leader
Ben Amos - is a Certified Apple Trainer and is the Managing Director of his own record label, Lockdown Recordings Ltd.
Luke Chard-Maple - has experience as a music teacher and music producer. He has a BSc (Hons) in Music Technology which he achieved in 2011 at the University of Glamorgan. Luke is a member of the Audio Engineers Society.
Simon Prentice - is a member of the Apple Developer Programme and has been a member of the team since 2006. He is also a freelance web designer and specialises in a number of different software programmes such as Adobe Creative Suite and Logic Pro.
Matt Aung - joined us as a technician in 2012. He has a Masters in music
composition and regularly gigs with his local band playing drums. He has been an
associate lecturer for the music department for a number of years.
Luke Taylor - has worked within the music industry for over 20 years as artist and
musician. He is currently part of an electronic pop duo ‘Face+Heel’ and has received much critical acclaim. Luke joined the college in 2015 as an associate lecturer.