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Music, Technology and Performance BA (Hons)

De Montfort University
36 months
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Bachelor's degree
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Music, Technology and Performance BA (Hons)

Program description

Music, Technology and Performance BA (Hons)

Music, Technology and Performance is not a conventional music performance course. You will not have lessons on an instrument or perform traditional repertoire. Instead, you will combine skills in music performance and passion for technology to create your own original music and new, innovative ways of performing.

You will explore aspects of performance, such as improvisation, and the role of the human body, alongside and in relation to new technologies - from electronic-instrument building and appropriated technology, to human-computer interaction. Your studies will investigate the many forms of performance, including site-specific and installation work, live performance with film, interactions with other artists, and the relationship between the recording and performing musician.

The theoretical aspect to this course will allow you to inspire your creative vision and link your music meaningfully to the world, through study of digital and post-digital history and aesthetics. Based on your goals, you will choose specific compositional, technical and theoretical topics to research in greater depth.

This course is taught by internationally recognised, experienced musicians who are active performers, composers and researchers. Our graduates have gone on to work as composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists, session musicians, recording engineers, producers and audio technicians in a range of industries including music management, theatre, TV and radio content and production.

Admission requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, with Music or Music Technology at grade C or above or
  • Music or Music Technology BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE Music or Music Technology course with at least 15 credits in Music or Music Technology at merit. English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points with Music or Music Technology at higher level grade 5

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

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Program content

Year one modules

  • Introduction to Studio Techniques (Core)
  • Sound analysis and perception (Core)
  • Introduction to Music and Sonic Art (Core)
  • Foundations of Music (Core)
  • Performing with Technology 1 (Core)
  • Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing (Core)
  • Academic Fundamentals (Core)
  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art 1 (Core)

Year two modules

  • Ideas in Music and Sonic Art 2 (Core)
  • Performing with Technology 2 (Core)
  • Ensemble practice: Repertoire (Mandatory choice)
  • Sounds and Images (Optional)
  • Creative Coding (Optional)
  • Sound Diffusion (Optional)
  • Live Sound and Location Recording (Optional)
  • Electronic Instrument Building (Optional)
  • Ensemble practice: Improvisation (Mandatory choice)
  • Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (Optional)
  • Ensemble Recording (Optional)
  • Negotiated Project (Optional)

Year three modules

  • MAT Research Project (Core)
  • Music, Media and Community Arts (Optional)
  • MAT Personal Practice (Optional)
  • Sound Design (Optional)
  • Composing for Dance (Optional)
  • Sound Installations and Environments (Optional)
  • Music Industry Management 1 (Optional)
  • Music Industry Management 2 (Optional)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and rehearsals and you will have extensive individual contact.

Tuition fees

2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £14,750 per year
  • EU students: Check the website for more information

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

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De Montfort University

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LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

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