Music Production in Context (870P4)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module will introduce you to a broad set of skills in modern music production including issues such as pre-production, studio production, mix and final mastered product. These issues will be discussed in the context of analysis of current and historical practices in music production referring to writer/practitioners such as Mick Brown, John Borwick and Bruce Bartlet. The importance of planning will be stressed but technical aspects such as microphone placement, drum recording and vocal recording will also be considered.

The module will critically examine the balance between interpretation and constraints placed on production and creativity by industry. You will produce a musical work in recorded form that gives evidence of knowledge of production methods as well as embodying a creative and critical response to the particular constraints of a music production brief. You are required to write a 1,500-word commentary as part of your portfolio demonstrating advanced understanding of theories and practices of music production.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: