Music and Music Technology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Music and Music Technology. Combining Music and Music Technology at Keele, your passions for music, creativity and technology will thrive under the tuition of world- leading experts and creative practitioners.

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Course Overview

As a Music and Music Technology Keele graduate, you will boast outstanding technological competence, high levels of knowledge and skill, and the creativity to thrive in diverse career environments. With Music, you’ll develop intense critical understanding in a practical environment, composing, performing, recording and studying music from a diversity of styles and eras. Your Music Technology studies will enable you to become fluent in the creative application of technology in composition, music production, sound design, screen music, audio- visuals and music software. Interactions between your two subjects abound in many areas of your syllabus. For example, in our popular music modules, recording and production are balanced by analysis and performance; in composition, acoustic and digital instruments meet; in screen music, composing for film, TV and multimedia is enriched by the critical study of film scoring history and aesthetics. For more details on both programmes, see our Single Honours entries.

What will this mean for my future?

Graduates of Keele’s Music and Music Technology programmes enjoy careers in media production, publishing, broadcasting and marketing, as performers, composers, teachers (at all levels of education), and in arts administration, bands, recording studios, post-production and software design. In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. At Keele you can acquire the abilities you need to work as a freelance composer or sound designer for applications such as games, television and film, and you’ll develop a wide range of skills in presentation, writing, project management and critical thinking that can be transferred to many other professions: our graduates also work, for instance, as solicitors, journalists, civil servants and in business.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Twentieth-Century Musics
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Popular Music
  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Sonic Arts Repertoire
  • Sound Recording

Second year

  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film
  • Music in the Community
  • Audio-Visual Compostion
  • Realtime Sound Processing
  • Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
  • Record Production in Theory and Practice
  • Creative Sound Design

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Recital 
  • Composition
  • Digital Arts Creative Portfolio
  • Music Programming

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Music Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take both compulsory modules and at least one optional module, thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 1. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Twentieth-Century Musics

15

Instrumental Lessons

15

Music Theory

15

n.b. a maximum of 3 of the following 4 modules will be delivered

 
   

Ensemble Performance

15

   

Introduction to Composition

15

   

World Musics

15

   

Popular Music

15

 

Music Technology Year 1 (Level 4)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology achieved by taking all three compulsory modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subjeOur degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

 

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the Music Technology Optional module, Music modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Sonic Arts Repertoire

15

Sound Recording

15

Audio Fundamentals

15

   

Composing with Sound

15

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Music Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music. You MUST take two Optional modules from group A (30 credits), and at least a further one module from anywhere within groups A or B (15 credits), thereby accumulating a minimum of 45 credits in Music in year 2.  You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. a maximum of 7 of the following 9 modules will be delivered from groups A and B

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Indian Music

15

Intermediate Composition

15

Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film

15

Music in the Community OR Peripatetic Teaching

15

Music in German Culture

15

Chamber Music

15

Theory and Analysis

15

Solo Performance

15

   

Orchestration

15

 

 

Music Technology Year 2 (Level 5)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology. You MUST take three Optional modules from the list below. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected either from additional Music Technology Optional modules, Music modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Audio-Visual Composition

15

   

Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

15

   

Realtime Sound Processing

15

   

Creative Sound Design

15

   

Meaning in Sonic Arts

15

   

Record Production in Theory and Practice

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Music Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music with an Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) in at least one of the principal subjects of your combined degree. You MUST take as a minimum either one of the Music ISPs from Optional module group A, along with one 15-credit Optional module from group B, OR three 15-credit Optional modules from group B. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

You may also take up to 30 credits (to make a total of 120 credits for the year) selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. If you choose to take 60 or 75 credits in Music in year 3 then you may also take two ISPs in Music (60 credits).

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition 2 (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

 

Music Technology Year 3 (Level 6)

You MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Music Technology with an Independent Study Portfolio (ISP) in at least one of the principal subjects of your combined degree. You MUST take as a minimum EITHER one of the Music Technology ISPs from Optional module group A, along with one 15-credit Optional module from group B, OR three 15-credit Optional modules from group B. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.

Your remaining 30 credits may be selected either from additional Music or Music Technology modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. If you choose to take 60 or 75 credits in Music Technology in year 3 may take both Music Technology ISPs (60 credits).

Optional modules (ISP) group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)*

30

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

15

Music Programming ISP**

30

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming**

15

 

*You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

**You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Music in your final year you will study the following modules:

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music. In year 3 you MUST take a Music ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B or C. n.b. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music Technology programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music Technology modules available as options in years 1 and 2.

You must complete a total of 120 credits in year 3, with the remaining 60 credits being selected either from additional Music/Music Technology modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of free-standing Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Optional modules group A

Credits

Optional modules group B

Credits

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Composition (ISP)

30

Contextual Studies

15

Recital (ISP)

30

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

   

Composition 1

15

       
   

Optional modules group C

 
   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)

30

   

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1

15

   

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

   

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

   

Music Programming

15

   

Music Programming ISP

30

* You cannot take Composition 1 AND Composition 2 (ISP).

** You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

***You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Music.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

If you choose to specialise in Music Technology in your final year you will study the following modules:

You MUST take a minimum of 90 credits in Music Technology. In year 3 you MUST take a Music Technology ISP (Independent Study Portfolio) from group A (30 credits) AND either two 15-credit Optional modules from group B OR another ISP from group A (30 credits). You must also take a further 30 credits from anywhere within groups A, B and C.

Your remaining 30 credits will be selected either from additional Music Technology/Music modules listed in groups A, B and C, or from the range of Elective modules provided by other disciplines.

n.b. Option group C comprises modules that form part of the Music programme, and may require specific pre-requisites relating to Music modules taken as options in years 1 and 2.

Optional Modules group A

(Independent Study Projects)

Credits

Optional modules group C

Credits

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP)*

30

Dissertation (ISP)

30

Music Programming ISP**

30

Composition 2 (ISP)***

30

   

Recital (ISP)

30

Optional modules group B

 

Approaches to Music Analysis

15

Colloquia in Electroacoustic Music

15

Contextual Studies 1

15

Composing with Interactive Computer Transformation

15

EITHER Music Ethnography OR Music, Conflict and Social Change

15

Music Programming**

15

Composition 1***

15

Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1*

15

   

 

*You cannot take Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 1 AND Digital Arts Creative Portfolio 2 (ISP).

**You cannot take Music Programming AND Music Programming ISP

***You cannot take Composition 1 and Composition 2

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Music Technology.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az