Music Production Techniques – This module provides students with a practical understanding of the fundamentals of sound recording and production centered on the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). They’ll work towards producing a recording
of an artist or band using students from the Diploma in Popular Music Performance course and will have the opportunity to apply project management, team working and marketing skills to the project.
Sequencing Systems and Techniques – This module is an introduction to MIDI systems, sequencing and Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) using industry-standard software.
Sound Creation and Manipulation – This unit is an introduction to sound creation and manipulation using industry-standard synthesis and sampling software packages.
Music Technology in Performance – In this module, students will explore the use of music technology in live performance and will apply these techniques in their music production and studio work.
Songwriting – This unit takes students through the creative process of lyric, melody and chord writing to produce a portfolio of original material.
Music and Sound for Moving Picture – This module explores the skills and techniques required to write, record and edit music and sound to a range of moving picture applications including adverts, TV documentaries and film.
The Music Industry – This unit gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their careers. They’ll be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, music
synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music and business plans, etc.
Music Production Project – This module allows students to plan, manage and deliver a contemporary music production portfolio. They’ll study aspects such as management skills, team roles, budgeting, digital audio editing and mastering techniques.
Study of this supports the Music Production Techniques module.
Music in Context –
Learn the history of classic artists placed in their social, historical and political context. Artists studied include Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin
Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Nirvana and Radiohead. An understanding of this essential stylistic knowledge will help to develop authenticity in practice.
Listening Skills – Students will develop their aural skills in this module by learning to explore and identify musical components such as rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, instrumental timbre and structures. This will enable them to acquire
the critical listening skills required in the production environment and will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively in a variety of musical situations, opening up many employment opportunities throughout their career.
Software Notation – Increasingly musicians, arrangers, producers and artists are turning to digital software-based notation packages for transcribing and arranging duties. This class will explore the use of software notation packages in
the contemporary industry and provide students with a solid foundation of skills, allowing them to apply their musical creativity with industry-standard software notation tools.
Music Theory and Harmony – This module explores how harmony and theory is applied in commercial music in a practical and relevant way. Students will look at building blocks of music theory and also how these are applied and expanded in a
variety of musical contexts and styles.
Extended Studies – This unit is a chance to recap and review key areas of the curriculum, as well as receiving information relating to assessments, auditions and Masterclasses.