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The overall course is focused on teaching you as much about music and cutting edge technology as possible. It consists of modules that will examine the fundamental electronic engineering techniques that are used in music technology. On top of this undergraduates will also learn how to change the way that music is made and heard as well as obtain a rich understanding of the entertainment industry as a whole.

Whether you are new to the world of music or want to develop any existing skills you have this degree programme is suitable for you. A music technology degree aims to equip you with the skills and competencies that you need to get your foot in the door of the music, entertainment of hospitality industry.

Explore both sound art and sound design as well as developing your creative identity and gain the necessary skills required for a wide range of professional careers. Obtain a perspective and fresh look on how the music industry, including media and radio all work together and rely on each other.

There is a large element of practical work involved that takes place in recording studios, multimedia laboratories, practice rooms and performance spaces. There is a good chance you will be taught by music staff who have previously been professional composers or music technologists.
Learn about all of the forms of technology that are used in musical arts including electronic devices, samples, MIDI and other audio equipment.

Creative outputs are encouraged and intellectual stimulation is promoted actively through lectures and seminars. Through feedback from course tutors and interaction with other students the classes will also focus on developing the entrepreneurial skills needed to work in the musical field.


A sample of the modules and topics studied on a music technology degree course

  • Audio engineering
  • Hearing and perception
  • Voice production
  • Synthesis
  • Studiocraft
  • Designing Sound
  • Phonographies
  • Audio technology
  • Sound recording
  • Composition and performance
  • Music Technology in Action
  • Introduction to Electronic Hardware
  • Recording Studio Techniques
  • Audio signal processing
  • Live sound
  • Music analysis
  • IT systems for music technology
  • Song writing
  • Composition and performance
  • New media: the web and video.
  • Music for Digital Media
  • Music Business & Entertainment Industry
  • The Global Marketplace in Music
  • Creative Music Computing
  • Sound Creation and Manipulation
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Recording Techniques
  • Pattern Recognition
  • History of Punk Rock
  • Light and Sound
  • Post Production Techniques
  • Sound for Film Television and Games
  • Acoustic engineering


Music technology personal statement
Below is a personal statement written by one of our writers. You can use this example to gain an idea of how to structure and put together your own one. You are strongly advised not to copy or plagiarise it, instead use it as a resource to inspire your own creative writing.

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"I have chosen to study music technology because I believe that music is something that plays an important part in the fabric of our society and in human culture. To me music can be an expression of a persons emotion at a particular moment in time or a interpretation of their feelings i.e.  romance, love, anger and patriotism. 

From a young age it has been a prominent part of my life and I have gained much enjoyment from playing musical instruments and experimenting with the latest technologies. This passion was reinforced within me at college where the teaching was inspirational and the practise very much hands on. I became involved in a college band and started dabbling in music analysis, song writing, audio engineering and designing sound.  All of these experiences left a lasting impression on my mind and inspired me to seek a career in the music and media scene. At the end of my college studies I am proud to claim that I achieved high academic grades and distinctions for the musical research side of my studies.

I consider myself to be a proactive individual who is eager to learn more about music and to thereby progress academically towards my career goals. I want to study those areas of music that I am most enthusiastic about, in particular; history, performance and composition. It is for these reasons that I have submitted my application to your institution. For me one of the best things about studying music technology at university will be the fact I will get to be around people who have similar musical tastes and interests as myself. This will allow me to feed of their knowledge and experience and give me an opportunity to hear different styles and also broaden my horizon. 

With all this devotion for music inside me it was only natural that I decided to pursue a career as a professional musician with specialist knowledge of the latest technologies. I am pleased to say that after researching all my career options I quickly saw that this is a rapidly expanding field that offers a multitude of employment opportunities in the recording and broadcasting industries. 

Right now I’m looking to start my musical ambitions by going on a music technology course that covers all aspects of the subject and that will widen my academic skills. I want to enrol at a university where the lectures are full of information and where you feel you have learnt something every time you leave one. The academic modules should prepare me for the way of thinking that is needed for academic research, employment or even possible future postgraduate studies.

I have decided to enrol at your university because it’s one of the few academic institutions that focuses exclusively on music technology.  On a visit to your campus I found your staff to be very friendly, approachable and helpful in explaining to me in detail the advantages of your course. In closing I would like to say that I very much hope to be offered a place at your renowned institution and look forward to the day when I enrol on your course."

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Typical university interview questions

Why do you want to study at our university?

Answers

  • Because of the wide scope of module choices that are available to students.
  • The location of your university was a major attraction to me, i feel its a great place to live in no matter what your interests.
  • I think your academic facilities are first rate, for instance your library has multiple copies of each book and there is a bustling music scene.
  • The facilities at your Musical School were excellent, apart from the latest technological equipment there is an abundance of recording pianos, folk store CDs and books, pipes, melodeons, recording equipment and so on. 

Skills you will learn on a music technology degree course 

  • Problem solving skills
  • Critical evaluations
  • Digital creativity
  • Musical terminology
  • Genres of music
  • Learning music by ear
  • Relative pitch

Degree accreditation and abbreviation
M.M. Master of Music


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