School of Performing Arts

Music Performance Technologies

FD (Arts) Full-time 2 years, Part-time 3 years

This course is designed to bring the worlds of performance, coding and technology together as a cohesive subject.

This course is designed to bring the worlds of performance, coding and technology together as a cohesive subject.

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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award FD (Arts)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years), Part-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location South Staffordshire College Cannock Campus, South Staffordshire College Tamworth Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

Music composition, production, performance and coding play a huge role in today’s creative industries, which in turn accounts for 9% of the UK’s export market. Most creative music jobs surface from a variety of disciplines and genres

and their intersection

This course is designed to bring the worlds of performance, coding and technology together as a cohesive subject. Not only will students have to opportunity to learn vital skills in songwriting/composition and production, they will also have to opportunity to create their own software and hardware tools to aid them in a performance environment, whether to support a recital, add to a VJing visualisation, sonify data, or create a soundscape adopting original sonic processes as well as multichannel streaming.

At present, this course is one of very few in the UK to offer this ‘cross-collaboration’ discipline between conventional performance and coding technologies. Moreover, this course directly connects with and enables students to interact with the emerging musical interface industries. These industries look to enable many end users to interact with music (within production and performance settings) regardless of skill and disability. As a result, student will get the opportunity to pitch their new invented products to experts in these industries within the Final Major Project Showcase module.

The course encourages an independence of thought and an entrepreneurial mindset through deep integration of cutting-edge technical skills and a focus on the developing music performance landscape. A range of assessment methods are used at both levels 4 and 5. These include:

- Performances
- Written reports
- Literature and book reviews
- Presentations
- Practical portfolio
- Reflective blogging activities

Assessments at level 4 are geared towards providing a robust foundation from which to develop the skills required by level 5. In addition to the above, students will take part in the following:

  • Individual or group student presentations to develop oral presentation, negotiation and
    communication skills;
  • Other forms of small-group teaching and learning in which students have the
    opportunity to work together as a team (for example, when developing software or hardware elements);
  • One-to- one interaction, particularly supporting the development of self-direction, intellectual independence and research skills through analysis and individual projects;
  • Corporate activity, developing teamwork and leadership skills;
  • Workshops and masterclasses, normally addressing the acquisition of creative skills
    and techniques within a group context, and often benefiting from the experience of visiting specialists
  • Writing (essays, learning journals) as a means of developing research techniques, acquiring knowledge, and presenting ideas and arguments in written form
  • Practical exercises, usually connected with the development of creative, analytical and
    aural skills
  • Independent learning, whether as directed reading and listening related to essay-writing or project work or as practice for developing creative skills

Module outline:

Year 1

  • 4MU048 Behind the Glass
  • 4MU062 Introduction to Music Computing
  • 4MU064 Sound and Audio Fundamentals
  • 4MU065 Composition: Applied Music Theory
  • 4MU063 Performance Interface Design
  • 4MU066 Music Production Practice

Year 2

  • 5MU065 Synthesis and Live Processing
  • 5MU066 Performing with Technology
  • 5MU048 Review & Prototype
  • 5MU063 Algorithmic Composition & Sonification
  • 5MU064 Live Audiovisuals
  • 5MU067 Final Major Project Showcase

What happens on the course?

Students taking this course will have the opportunity to learn vital skills in songwriting/composition and production. They will also have to opportunity to create their own software and hardware tools to aid them in a performance environment, whether to support a recital, add to a VJing visualisation, sonify data, or create a soundscape adopting original sonic processes as well as multichannel streaming.

The course is delivered at South Staffordshire College. Students will work in a practical environment with a mixture of workshops, seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

The first year of the course consists of music computing, research skills, recording studio practice, music theory and composition, and musical interface design.

The second year takes these core concepts further into areas such as synthesis and live processing, algorithmic composition, live audiovisuals, and applied research. The year concludes with a showcase of the student’s final work.

Opportunities

Students will have access to industrial experts both in terms of guest lectures and workshops as well as direct project involvement. Direct project involvement includes the critiquing of performance-based products that students develop throughout the course, as well as the setting up of industry working brief requirements. Consequently, students not only have access to such experts in a developmental setting, but also interact with real world scenarios whereby projects can be undertaken to satisfy both learning outcomes and industrial needs.

The course encourages an independence of thought and an entrepreneurial mindset through deep integration of cutting-edge technical skills and a focus on the developing music performance landscape.

There are no additional costs to the course. Field trips and visits which incur a small cost may be included.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Students will acquire skills in music production, sound design, instrument design, performance approaches, software engineering, software design and product design and structure. As a result, multiple industry sectors include sound creation and production, software creation and design, live sound and performance will be open to students on completion of the course.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The course is runs at South Staffordshire College. Facilities include:

  • A fully equipped recording studio built around a Yamaha 02R96 console and Pro Tools;
  • A dedicated iMac lab used for music production and programming;
  • A fully featured 4D room with various projection options as well as an 7.1 surround sound system, used for the development of audio/visual software and hardware;
  • An electronics lab equipped with micro controllers and sensor kits used to create hardware performance interfaces;

A fully-featured stage complete with lighting rig and PA system

Who Will Teach you on thsi Course?

Chris Payne: Course Leader

Chris Payne is an international dance music producer / DJ, PhD student and Music course leader at South Staffordshire College. Before lecturing, Chris spent five years full time creating dance music productions for multiple record labels and DJing for international events under the alias ‘Casper’. Chris also has eight years experience as an FE course leader. He has a MSc in Music Technology and a PGCE (QTLS) both from Staffordshire University, as well as a first class honours degree in Popular Music from the University of Wolverhampton.

James Stanley

James has been an educator from the age of 17 teaching guitar in public and private sectors and has been part of the music team at South Staffordshire College since 2008 where he is now heavily involved in the management of the courses through being the curriculum team leader. James is always actively engaged in the music industry and has a fine balance between full-time work in further and higher education and in external work in the music industry. This enables James to be more effective in being a dynamic resource when helping learners to develop. James also has a MSc in Music Technology and a PGCE from Staffordshire University as well as a Popular Music BA(Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton.

The course will enable you to develop several complementary skills in a variety of areas, including:

  • Research and academic writing;
  • An understanding of sound and music theory;
  • Software and hardware development for musical performance interfaces using graphical programming languages and microcontrollers;
  • Music composition using traditional and nontraditional means;
  • Musical interaction design in both software and hardware;
  • Recording studio practice;
  • Synthesis and live processing.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £4110 per year# 2019-20

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# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

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  • 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

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for an interview at South Staffordshire College (Tamworth Campus)

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.

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.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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