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Central to any 21st century creative practice is the need to respond to a technological and economic environment wherein disruption and hybridity are now commonplace. The MA in Creative Music Practice has been designed to enable graduate students, along with established creatives and professionals, to advance their skills, knowledge and understanding of a rapidly evolving global music ecosystem.

This course builds on the strength and diversity of the University of Gloucestershire’s undergraduate portfolio in Music, and will enable students who work across a range of music disciplines - including music and sound technology, business and management, creative practice, music and visual media, interactive music, community practice, social enterprise and music education - to develop and launch ambitious and sustainable projects. With an emphasis on research, where staff expertise focuses on international music cultures, political economy, audiovisual aesthetics and contemporary philosophy, the programme is designed to facilitate higher learning and skills development against the backdrop of both market/audience development and critical enquiry.

As the name suggests, the course is structured around students' creative ambitions, but remains broad in its range in order to allow practitioners within different musical disciplines to work and develop alongside each other. Practical modules will enable students to progress a core set of production and craft skills, whilst contextual modules will allow project work to be embedded within critical and commercial frameworks. This preparatory and explorative work then feeds into the major project wherein students develop a significant piece of work that is both market-ready and at the same time underpinned by conceptual and theoretical reflection.

Course modules

  • Groundwork for Creativity: refine your creative direction and develop your skills and techniques within your chosen area of music practice
  • Fieldwork for Creative Practice: implement a music project with an external partner, location, venue or organisation
  • Critical Contexts: engage with a range of debates including discourses relating to gender, age, place, hybridity, disruptive technology, economics and literature
  • Creativity in Context: apply your creativity in a range of professional contexts (includes support for securing appropriate work experience
  • Creative Music Project: to complete the MA you will produce a major project that draws on your expertise in your music specialism

Study style

The programme has a strong practical focus, which allows students to develop and prototype ideas, and is underpinned by a set of critical and theoretical perspectives.

The course is part of a subject community and Media School who are embedded in a wide range of creative industries partnerships and ongoing collaborations. The music team works closely with festivals and organisations across Gloucestershire and the South West, including Cheltenham Festivals, BBC Introducing, 2000Trees, Musicworks, and we're able to bring in high profile guests due to our staff's ongoing professional practice and networks.

A hybrid programme of project development and research designed to meet the demands of a hybrid music economy

In a time of rapid evolution in terms of music commerce and technological development, our strength is in our diversity. Students develop a programme of study that enables them to research and scope a creative, commercial or technological project and develop a range of higher skills that will propel them into professional practice, freelance careers or equip them to launch their own music-based start-up.

Benefit from working in a networked environment of dedicated music production labs and creative workspaces

Our music and sound production facilities have been designed to facilitate a range of working practices, from studio recording, electronic music production, ambisonic installation and composition for moving image, through to live and networked performance. In addition, our teaching spaces have been created to respond to emergent pedagogic practices, and students engage in a range of workshops, business pitch and development labs, and make use of project management and communication softwares to enhance their learning and creative development.

Our students are taught by practicing creatives and academics engaged in active research

Our staff work at the leading edge of their fields, and their practice and research positions music in terms of disruptive technology, aesthetics, audiovisual culture, ambisonic and interactive audio, composition and performance, along with new materialist and non-philsophical thought and political economy.

Careers

  • Music Creative - Producer/Composer/Songwriter
  • Studio Creative/Engineer
  • Sound Design/Composition for Film, TV, Advertising & Games
  • Live Events - Producer/Promoter
  • Music start-up - Label/Artist management

Visit the Creative Music Practice - MA page on the University of Gloucestershire website for more details!

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