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Creative Music Production MA

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

19 September 2022

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

About the course

This course is created to enable producers and musicians to fully integrate studio technology with musical outcomes. We strive to develop both your technical and creative potential underpinning this with scholarly insights into production and the studio as a creative, artistic tool.

This Masters level course is designed for both music and music technology graduates, but also for learners from alternative industry or practitioner backgrounds who are looking to develop their musical and technical skills and knowledge, allowing everyone to explore new ways of engaging with Creative Music Production.

Our aim is to combine the essential qualities of musician and producer to deliver post graduates who are adaptable, creative and not afraid to push the boundaries of studio practice in the pursuit of innovative artistic goals.

Music and Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield has an international reputation, and hosts one of the largest postgraduate music communities in the UK. You will benefit from our regular research seminars and workshops, and will be a member of the Centre for Music, Culture and Identity which provides a focus for popular music research in the department. CMCI maintains strong connections with other research centres, including CeReNeM and ReCePP, whose members include performers, composers and technology researchers across wide stylistic contexts.

Like many of my colleagues in Huddersfield, my approach to the studio is to think of it as a musical instrument: through my various experiences in many musical styles, in rap production, electroacoustic composition, improvisation, recording or contemporary music mastering, the main tools I develop are the same: my critical ears, and a mastery of the technology I use to achieve what I want to hear.
And like any other instrument, practice makes perfect! Therefore, my research is completely anchored in critical practice. I play the bass guitar and the laptop, compose with live electronics in the studio and on stage, and most of my publications are albums (https://www.pierrealexandretremblay.com/discog.html). My scholarly output (https://pure.hud.ac.uk/en/persons/pierre-alexandre-tremblay/publications/) is always geared towards critical use of the technology, and how context drives concepts such as what sounds good. Developing tools (https://www.flucoma.org/) to achieve this goal is also instrumental to my practice-research.

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Professor Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Professor of Composition and Improvisation

Course detail

Researching Music

On this module you will be introduced to a range of significant and contemporary scholarship relating to the study of music. You will learn about diverse approaches to music research, and receive training in managing research professionally and ethically. Central to the module is the development of research skills appropriate to postgraduate level work and to your own research interests.

Advanced Desktop Music Production

On this module you will professionalise your DAW techniques. Focusing on modern approaches to music production, the module will deepen your skills in sound design using original synthesis and sampling as well as recording in a digital environment. The module involves multi-software workflows, the expressive use of hardware controllers and hybrid techniques combining digital and analogue processing.

Spatial Audio Production and Analysis

This module is designed to provide you with systematic understanding on both theoretical and practical sides of spatial audio recording and reproduction. We will start by with introducing the psychoacoustic principles of auditory spatial perception, followed by exploring various spatial audio recording and processing techniques, such as microphone arrays, panning and binaural audio synthesis techniques. You will learn how to design a microphone technique to capture desired spatial sound in an acoustic environment based on psychoacoustic principles. You’ll develop critical listening skills as well as objective analysis techniques for spatial audio quality evaluation.

Creativity in the Studio

This module investigates the studio as a creative tool and its relationship to your practice as a songwriter, performer, composer or producer. Practical workshop sessions will provide a basis for developing your own bespoke workflow or performance setup which you will then use to realise a piece of compositional, performance or production work.

Group Project

You will work in a small group of students to devise, manage and realise a practice-based creative project that is relevant to using the studio and/or other music technology and may include a live event or performance. Roles will be clearly allocated to group members with a collaborative approach to the project design and final assignment.

Creative Production Project

On this module, you undertake a substantial independent creative production project. You can undertake work in any area of creative music production that interests you and guidance will be available through staff supervision. Examples of the kinds of projects that would be relevant are an EP/album length production of one or more artists, a collection of your own songwriting or compositional work, a substantial live production (or portfolio of live work) from either mixing or performance perspectives, or a set of music videos (of your own creative work or that of others).

You will take 180 credits at Master’s level, made up of six modules, of which two are project-based. A further module focussing on Desktop Music Production and one optional choice of either spatial audio or advanced mixing.

Entry requirements

You are required to have a good honours degree from a recognised University or equivalent institution.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Our Department

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Student support

The school has dedicated Academic Skills Tutors (AST) who deliver a range of generic skills. The AST offers help and advice with general study skills, IT, literacy and numeracy as well as research skills. The AST may also refer students for specialist support and assessment e.g. for Dyslexia.

In line with the Equality Act 2010, the School will make reasonable adjustments in order that disabled students can fully access their course. The University's Disability Services provide information and advice to disabled students about the support available and liaises with members of staff on disability related issues.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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