Choose Kingston's Production of Popular Music MMus
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.
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.
Advanced Production of Popular Music
Composing and Marketing Popular Music
Constructing Music Education in the UK
International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television
The Philosophy of Musical Performance
Current Debates in Music Education
The Psychology of Music
The Studio Musician
What this course offers you
If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.
The Production of Popular Music MMus gives you the opportunity to explore popular music from a practical and creative perspective with an emphasis on studio-based work.
The wide selection of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your own interests. The major project (for which you will produce an extended album of your popular music compositions/covers) gives you the chance to further develop an area of interest in greater depth, plus enhance your research and project development skills.
You can take advantage of the wide range of music groups at Kingston University
, including pop, rock and jazz groups.
Many members of staff are research active, which keeps your learning at the cutting-edge of the subject.
The curriculum is enriched by the eclectic view we take of musical styles and genres at Kingston, exploiting the diversity of a repertoire encompassing western classical music, popular and world musics.
We offer a part-time option to enable you to complete your MMus alongside other commitments.
English language requirements
All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
A good honours degree in music and/or relevant experience. We will ask applicants to submit portfolio of three contrasting produced popular music compositions. Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer, composer or producer), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree.