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MUSI3019 Studio Techniques 2

Module Overview

Students will work on their own in the departmental recording studios and Music computing cluster on an individual project. Handouts and seminars are available where necessary, e.g. as new pieces of equipment or software are installed. Presentation skills are also developed.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Technical problems and solutions on chosen instrument as they relate to the ensemble.
  • Individual practice techniques.
  • Ensemble practice technique.
  • Stage presentation and audience communication.
  • Repertoire of chosen ensemble.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to apply ensemble practice techniques to new repertoire.
  • Structure rehearsal sessions effectively.
  • Self-evaluate in practice and rehearsal to continue to improve.
  • Argue for or against a musical or stylistic approach to a piece in your repertoire in a professional manner.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to be self-critical musically and technically.
  • Ability to be critical of your ensemble members in a productive way.
  • Ability to organise your rehearsal time efficiently.
  • Ability to work and perform independently.
  • Ability to work and perform with others.
  • Ability to listen more intently and critically while you are playing.
  • Ability to listen more effectively to what others in your group are saying.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Greater musical control of your instrument (including dynamic range, colour range, shape and structure, and phrasing).
  • Greater technical control of your instrument (facility, pitch range, flexibility, tone control, muscular coordination).
  • More experience being on stage.
  • Greater awareness of how your instrument fits in to the ensemble and the various roles it can play (accompaniment vs. soloist).


You will devise a technical studio project (e.g. an in depth study of one aspect of the studio such as the Plug-In effects or soft-synthesizers) that will be illustrated through either individual sound/music examples or an extended recording of a musical work (or mixture of the two). The choice of project is up to you, but subject to approval by the module tutor. You will be required to devise a project plan, which you will then implement over the Semester with individual tutorial support. Submission is in the form of a written project report and an in-class presentation. This is NOT a music composition module: assessment will be only based on the demonstration of your control and application of studio technology and practices and your ability to plan, research and present the results of your work.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include  Seminars and presentations  Individual tutorials Learning activities include  Preparing and delivering presentations  Individual research (including on-line sources).  Managing an independent project.

Wider reading or practice40
Completion of assessment task92
Preparation for scheduled sessions8
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Richard Dobson. A dictionary of electronic and computer music technology: instruments, terms, techniques. 

Howard Massey. Behind the glass: top record producers tell how they craft the hits. 

David Miles. Hard disk recording for musicians: a practical guide to computer-based sound, music, and multimedia production. 

John Watkinson. The art of digital audio. 

Bob Katz. Mastering audio: the art and the science.. 

Francis Rumsey & Tim McCormick. Sound and recording: an introduction. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  Discussing project ideas and plan.  Practice presentations  Discussion of work progress in tutorials.


MethodPercentage contribution
Listening 50%
Presentation  (8 minutes) 15%
Report  (3000 words) 35%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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