This unit of study focuses on the essential roles digital technologies perform in modern music composition, theory, production and performance. A brief historical and cultural overview of music technology provides a context for appreciating the techniques commonly used today and in the future. Students learn basic theoretical principles of digital audio and MIDI, with an emphasis on practical musical applications. Various computer-based techniques are introduced, including: MIDI sequencing and control; digital audio editing, mixing and processing; plug-ins and 'virtual instruments'; and music notation. Students are invited to explore key music technology concepts from musicological perspectives. Students are asked to consider and discuss the influences of software-based tools, digital media and the Internet on modern music composition, production and distribution, and how these tools influence the practices of professional musicians today.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate and critique key theoretical concepts related to music technology;  
  2. Operate a range of industry-standard music software including MIDI sequencers, digital audio workstations and music notation software;  
  3. Apply skills and knowledge of technology to compositional, theory and performance contexts;  
  4. Appraise the history and culture of technology in music and explain how it relates to the modern professional musician.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Applied theory and aural exercises 25%
Report Evaluation of musicological issues using a range of media 25%
Exercise Demonstrate professional standards in studio practice 25%
Performance Group and solo musical performance 25%

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