The music industry needs driven, creative and pro-active people that have a broad understanding of the multifaceted music, sound and performance industry. This exciting music Foundation Degree has been designed in consultation with music industry experts with this in mind. The flexible nature of the course means that you’re able to focus on one area of interest and expertise through a specialist pathway or study modules across a range of pathways to enhance your music portfolio.
This pathway focuses on developing key composition skills; lyrics, melody and harmony and will explore the many approaches and techniques used in composition to develop your understanding and abilities. You will be introduced to the canon of music and range of harmonic applications and explore the function, purpose and techniques in constructing harmony and arrangement. These ideas will be explored and developed through sequencing and programming technologies to enhance the study of rhythm, harmony, texture and tonality. Your compositions have the potential to be released through our in-house student run record label, Push Puzzle Records.
• DJ and Electronic Music Production
This pathway focuses on the ethos of electronic music and DJing and will prepare you for entering the industry. All of our DJ course tutors currently work in the field which will help you to further develop your skills as a DJ.
The College has strong links with relevant publications such as DJ Mag, local and international nightclubs, DJs and record labels all with the expertise to help you stand out from the crowd as a producer or electronic music performer. Course tutors will help you to develop your genre of electronic music and harness your passion and creativity as well as offering advice and guidance in starting your own record label, releasing tracks, promoting events as well as the commercial aspect of electronic music.
• Music Production
This pathway will hone your technical knowledge and practical music production skills into a professional standard craft. As part of the course you will engage in practical workshops which will investigate historical and contemporary music production techniques and practices. These will range from traditional, contemporary and experimental microphone placement techniques through to the recording, editing and manipulation of sound sources. This will be realised via the latest Digital Audio Workstation software packages and virtual studio equipment plug-ins. You’ll learn include how to plan, organise, manage and successfully complete production projects through quality control, budgeting and effective communication. Through engagement with our own in-house record label, Push Puzzle Records, you will learn how the role of a music producer fits into the wider music industry.
This pathway will further advance your existing skills and knowledge on your primary instrument and within a range of different ensemble settings. Through practical workshops and industry briefs you will rehearse and develop material in our 10 fully equipped rehearsal rooms and regularly perform in our 200 capacity music venue honing your live performance skills. You will perform in professional contexts to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to succeed as a session musician. There are also opportunities throughout your studies to work with Push Puzzle Records, as a signed artist, enabling you to release your tracks on iTunes and other major streaming sites.
• Sound Engineering
This pathway focuses on the live music and sound reinforcement industry. This side of the music industry has grown in importance and size following recent changes in how the music industry operates and career opportunities are many and varied. The College works closely with many industry professionals who regularly give guest lectures. We also have established links with local employers who operate at regional, national and international levels.
As a sound engineering student you’ll have access to high quality industry standard 200 capacity music venue with both analogue and digital mixing consoles and a full separate monitoring system. You will also have use of a fully equipped theatre space for special events and project work.
Our Foundation Degree in Music is delivered at our Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus and our West End Campus. As a music student you’ll have access to:
• three music venues
• ten recording studios including our five Pro-Tool studios (West End Campus) running UAD Apollo, Solid Sate Logic and much more
• extensive sequencing labs running Logic Pro and Embleton
• ten rehearsal studios
• a dedicated music store with hi-tech equipment for performance and recording.
• DJ EMP production suite.
This course runs on the following dates:
Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus