This course will enable you to study popular music from a practical perspective with an emphasis on music production and songwriting. For your final major project you will focus on composition and production within the popular music genre, producing an extended professional-quality album of your popular music compositions/covers.
Key features -The wide selection of option modules allows you to tailor the course to your interests. -Several members of staff are engaged practically with the professional production of popular music. You will also have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international producers, performers and composers - such as Youth, Gavin Greenaway, Rick Astley and Steve Martland. -We have five, state-of-the-art recording studios, including one with a large live room used for professional recordings. We also have two computer laboratories containing iMacs with full music software for sequencing and processing. -Lunchtime concerts, involving students or visiting artists, take place throughout the year.
What will you study?
You will focus on the production of current popular music, creating and recording tracks using the University's high-quality recording facilities.
You will also explore the composition of popular music, recording techniques and the marketing of popular music. In addition, you will widen your musical knowledge and experience by choosing one option module from an extensive range, including those covering sound design, ensemble performance and composing for film and TV.
Coursework, essays, compositions, productions, and major recording project.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Advanced Production of Popular Music -Composing and Marketing Popular Music -Major Project -Researching Music
Optional modules -Constructing Music Education in the UK -Critical Reflection on Musical Performance -International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy -Special Study: Arranging and Scoring -Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television -Current Debates in Music Education -Jazz Studies -Live Performance Technologies -Performance Studies -The Psychology of Music -The Studio Musician
"Kingston University was flexible enough to offer a part-time masters programme I could fit around full-time work so I could develop my education at the same time as my career. I began the course to learn more about my subject, and distract myself from a frustrating job. However, I achieved more than I thought possible, wholly due to the support, inspiration and quality of the lecturers. They reignited my enthusiasm, inspiring me to develop my career, where I previously would not have had the confidence.
I wholeheartedly recommend the postgraduate Music experience at Kingston University – I didn't just gain a qualification, but also the confidence to change my life and that of my new family."
A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, performance or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred). We will ask applicants to submit portfolio of three contrasting produced popular music compositions.
Recipient: Kingston University
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