Music Technology and Popular Music is a unique course, ideal for dedicated performers and aspiring, creative users of audio technologies. It will provide you with an impressive breadth of knowledge and experience in enhancing your employability potential in an ever-changing music industry. The course aims to develop your versatility as a practising musician, as well as giving you an advanced range of music technology and production skills for the creation and manipulation of sound. You will have the opportunity to work with industry-standard analogue and digital technologies, as well as the opportunity to perform in established and nationally recognised gig venues, such as The Jamhouse and Robin 2.
The course aims to develop your versatility as a practising musician, as well as giving you an advanced range of music technology and production skills for the creation and manipulation of sound. If you choose to study at music technology and popular music at the University of Wolverhampton you will receive one-to-one instrumental tuition as part of your course and you can see some of our acclaimed tutors below.
Meet our Guitar Tutor - Mike Holt
Meet our Drum Tutor - Neil Bullock
Meet our Vocal Tutor - Genervieve Sylva
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What happens on the course?
This is a course that caters for those who are interested in performing and producing, behind both a microphone and a mixing desk. As a performer, you will focus on practical performance-based work, creating and recreating music. As a technologist you will look at the production of sound in a variety of contexts; this includes live sound engineering, studio recording and production and music for multimedia. Our experienced staff of performers, composers and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and music production, and will help sharpen your musical development over three years of study.
This course provides a range of workshops, lectures and seminars to develop your solo instrumental skills, group performance and songwriting craft, and you will have hands-on experience with the latest digital music technologies in our dedicated Mac suites and recording studios. This is a course that caters for those who are interested in performing and producing, behind both a microphone and a mixing desk.
As a performer, you will focus on practical performance-based work, creating and recreating music. As a technologist you will look at the production of sound in a variety of contexts; this includes live sound engineering, studio recording and production and music for multimedia. An experienced staff of performers, composers and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and music production, and will help sharpen your musical development over three years of study.
You will gain a fascinating insight into the world of music, broadening your horizons for lifelong learning whilst developing a creative and entrepreneurial flare ready to respond to the technological and artistic innovations of the industry.
The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub, opened in 2011, has a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating single person to large band / ensemble), two high-end professional recording studios, and two bespoke technology suites boasting sixty Apple iMacs running industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Max, Pure Data and SuperCollider.
Our two recording studios offer the perfect blend of digital and analogue technologies giving students the opportunity to combine classic analogue recording technique with the flexibility and reliability digital technology provides. As well as a dedicated live room each for recording, for increased flexibility and choice of room acoustic, any of the music rehearsal rooms surrounding each studio can also be patched into the studio's control room.
Graduates from this course will become professional musicians with a range of highly developed performance and production skills. You will have the creative abilities and skill sets necessary to ensure that pursuing a career becomes a reality, as you move from being a student to working in the music industry. Examples of careers include: studio and live engineering, producing music, and designing live sound systems. You could also pursue careers in teaching, film, TV and music composing.
What skills will you gain?
As a graduate of this course you will be able to:
apply analytical, critical and creative skills to popular music and music technologies
show the attributes of an enterprising and professional musician and music producer
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and global and cultural context of popular music and music production
become an adaptable and flexible musician with the ability to work at the forefront of digital technologies
have confidence in communicating effectively in the music industry.
What our students say
"Thanks to the University of Wolverhampton I have learnt many musical and life lessons. I will never forget it."
"I found lectures very interesting and helpful to the modules which I have taken. I love being able to put the techniques I have learnt straight into practice."
"It was good to hear from an expert within their field, who obviously had a wealth of experience from which we could learn. There was an abundance of information, which, through working within the industry day-to-day, could be related to us in practical and well applied examples."
"I like that the tutor demonstrates the examples on an instrument in class, this really brings the ideas alive and I found it very inspiring."
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Extended Diploma in Music Practitioners grade D
Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Diploma in Music Practitioners grade D*
Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Interview. Read further information on the interview processhere
Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
Additional Field trips - £1000 - All Performing Arts students will have an opportunity to partake in the bi-annual trip to New York, costs vary according to cohort size and programme of events but can be expected to be in the order of £800 - £1,000. There will be opportunities to attend Musicals and Theatre performances in London and across the UK, recent examples: Hair, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent
Additional Events/Performances - £250 - Final performances and productions are by individual design as as such costs in this area are difficult to quantify. Potential spend areas: venue hire; props; costumes; choreographers; sets etc
Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies
The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.