Practice, Sustainability and Music Cultures

Module code: W3082
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module invites you to consider your emerging practice in the context of the changing landscape of the production, distribution and consumption of music and other sonic media.

You’ll focus on personal sustainable practice as well as considering collective and social sustainability issues. This means you’ll be able to better articulate your activities to an audience. You’ll also develop an understanding of what it means to make music as a contemporary practitioner.

We help you prepare for creating and promoting work, as well as anticipating how music industries might evolve, by exploring: 

  • the history of musical media and its effects upon music industries and practices
  • significant changes brought by the online world
  • technology's role in contemporary music cultures.

Topics will include areas such as: creativity, curation, wellbeing, promotion, copyright, licensing and income streams, audiences, consumption and listening practices, distribution, experimentation and sustainability.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically engage with historical and contemporary debates in the development of musical media since the advent of sound recording
  • Demonstrate an understanding of practice sustainability
  • Present and promote a reflective creative practice