Develop high-level practice in composition, song writing, performance, and music production in classical, jazz and popular music styles on this practical hands-on course.
You will become a part of our friendly and supportive international community of more than 300 music students, based in the purpose-built Grove building at our vibrant North London campus. You'll collaborate with students from other courses in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, especially in Dance, Theatre, Animation, TV Production, Art, Fashion and Design.
Benefit from more than 40 permanent and visiting music staff of national and international standing in their fields, as performers, composers, songwriters, scholars and music industry specialists.
Make the most of our state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including an industry standard recording and mixing studio, concert grand pianos, sound insulated practice rooms and computer suites.
You will gain key industry links to the music world with regular visiting guest speakers and master-classes from leading practitioners and music industry managers and the opportunity to work with a range of artists and professors in residence including the Firebird Orchestra, Allegri String Quartet, Daniel Miller, Founder of Mute Records and Grammy award winning producer Alan Branch.
The course is designed so you can align your studies to your passion in music and graduate with a degree that represents your interests and skills. With a wide range of optional modules leading to named degree pathways, you can graduate with any of the following titles: BA Music, BA Music (Performance Composition), BA Music (Jazz), BA Music (Popular), BA Music (Production).
You’ll get plenty of support throughout your course, including access to professional staff, coaches, and personal instrumental lessons in your first study instrument or voice. You can also take advantage of our library and music practice facilities.
While you’re learning, you’ll be matched with a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. You’ll also get support from our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants, who have experience in your subject area.
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You’ll explore performance, composition or songwriting, music technology, studio music production, music theory and specialise in genres such as classical, jazz and popular music.
You’ll be encouraged to think critically about music by studying key ideas and concepts, from the historical, political and economic to the technological and aesthetic. You'll learn harmony
, instrumentation, orchestration and musicianship, and how to write and/or perform music convincingly in a range of styles.
This module explores the reative practice in Music in performance/improvisation and composition/songwriting. You'll develop proficient skills and techniques in these areas and can select areas of creative practice as major and minor components in the summative assessment. The exploration and development of creative practice provides a solid foundation for later specialist creative work.
This module will give you the skills to both understand and utilise music theory. You'll look at the use of music notation and develop a knowledge of harmony and analytical insight. You'll also develop essential musicianship skills such as aural perception, melodic/harmonic transcription, sight-reading, and the practical application of notation conventions and symbols.
This module will develop your understanding and technical ability in making, recording and producing music using digital, electronic and acoustic sound sources.
This module will develops your ability to think critically about music, and introduces key ideas, concepts and approaches such as the social, the material, the historical, the political, the economic, the technological, and the aesthetic.
You'll also explore current units including:
This module will develop your songwriting and compositional skills to specific briefs. You'll develop your own distinctive voice through exploration of various writing techniques and approaches as well as using a range of styles and genres.
This module will develop your knowledge in the styles and techniques of small group bop and hard bop. You'll gain an awareness of the roles of instruments in these styles and their inter-relationships in practical performance and workshop groups.
This module will explore creative practice in Music through performance and musicianship. You'll gain skills and techniques in these areas and begin to develop an individual and distinctive voice as an artist.
This module will act as a study of music production theories and practices. You'll learn to confidently apply advanced techniques and procedures in digital and analogue recording and mixing environments. You'll also be able to adapt these to achieve the desired creative results.
This module will explore and evaluate the appraisal of recent, current and significant trends in popular music and related concepts. You'll be encouraged to view the dialogue between musical practice, reflective thinking, and critical evaluation that benefits and develops creative and academic work.
This module develops critical understanding of how musical practices intersect with cultural domains. You'll examine the role of music in the production and transmission of identities, knowledges, beliefs, values, attitudes and understandings, and explore how, in turn, these shape music and its interpretation.
This module will allow you to study the contemporary business of music. You'll learn about the large and small companies that operate in this field, as well as how to self-manage a music career. You'll develop a knowledge of working in music as well as gaining a critical understanding of the issues that affect this sector.
This module explores a range of stylistic approaches in Music. You'll be able to develop the relevant skills and techniques in these via performance or composition/pastiche work in specific styles of classical, jazz or popular music.
This module will develop your expertise in theoretical and practical approaches to expressive sonic manipulation in studio, installation, live, interactive and virtual environments. You'll explore the principles of synthesis, interactive sound, spatial audio and visual programming through the invention and development of different sound worlds.
This module will develop your songwriting or compositional style and technique. You'll also develop an individual and professional approach to composition/songwriting. You'll be encouraged to explore and establish a distinctive music identity – a personal creative ‘voice’.
This module will enhance your understanding in the conventions and practice of improvisation in Jazz. You'll gain practical improvisation skills and associated aural awareness, and learn sophisticated techniques for the development of musical ideas through improvisation.
This module develops your technical command of an instrument or the voice so you can confidently perform in public. You'll develop the necessary knowledge and skills in forming programmes/sets for performance, gain interpretative insight and begin to project their own individual voice/identity as performer.
This module will develop your knowledge, understanding and expertise in recording and producing music by allowing you to produce a self-developed project. You will be supported to achieve a highly effective and original musical output.
This module will give you an advanced knowledge of popular music theories through a range of critical approaches or critical perspectives including cultural theory, sociology, political economy and musicology. You'll understand how theory can be used to explore popular music practice, and how popular music practice can be developed by using popular music theory.
This module is designed to be a specialist study of musical works, composers and approaches since 1968 through the lens of contemporary classical music. The relationship between music and its cultural, political and philosophical contexts is examined through concepts such as the rise of postmodernism across the arts and its relationship with philosophy/political theory.
This module prepares you for successful engagement with the music industries. You'll gain a working knowledge of contracts, copyright, funding applications and policy documents, as well as a sophisticated understanding of theories relating to decision making and success, which can be applied to a range of music-based projects.
This module develops the tools and competencies for making electronic and electroacoustic music for screen and virtual realities, in relation to some study of the aesthetics of screen music. You'll also gain the appropriate training in contractual and negotiation issues to support in-house and freelance composer-producers.
This module develops musical practice in collaboration with students from other courses such as Dance, Theatre and Fashion. Critical and contextual study will support practical work with relevant theory, repertoire and case studies.
This module enables the exploration of a specific area of academic interest and/or vocational/professional practice, providing a platform for the development of placement-related employability skills, or for the exploration and mapping of a specialised academic project that may provide the basis for further studies at MA level and beyond. The nature and aims of each project are negotiated.
This module is a work placement in a professional music studio setting. You'll build upon knowledge and skills developed from previous modules in production and studio skills and be able to apply theoretical knowledge and technical skills to the challenges of a workplace environment. You'll also be able to critically reflect on practices and processes in music production, as well as evaluate your workplace experience.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
|Artist Management||Audio Production|
|Concert Performer||Event Management|
|Legal (Music)||Music Arranger|
|Music Distribution||Music Industry Accountancy|
|Journalism (Music)||Music Mastering and Post-Production|
|Web Design (Music)||Orchestral Management|
|Session Fixers (Music Contractors)||Session Musicians|
|Specialist Music Insurance||Studio Design and Construction|
Teaching is also a popular choice, and might be combined with any of the above to form a ‘portfolio’ career.
You could also go into further (postgraduate) study, and our graduates have gone on to such prestigious institutions as the Royal Hague Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, York University and King’s College, London.
Based in The Grove, you will have access to world-class facilities:
You will also have access to external venues and collaborative access to other creative areas of the University such as dance, theatre, film, television, animation and computer games.
Dr Inglis taught at Trinity College of Music and originally studied at City University London (PhD, MA) and the University of Durham (BA). His music and arrangements have been heard at the Sonorities Festival (Belfast), Huddersfield Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Guildford International Festival, Secret Garden Party, Greenbelt, Truck and I Kärlekens Namn (Sweden) as well as on BBC Radio1 and Radio3, BBC2, BBC Wales, Radio Cymru and Bayern 2 (Bavaria). His interests encompass composition, musicology and criticism, and his writing projects include articles and criticism for Tempo and M magazine and copy for the BBC Proms. His recent and current projects include a piano music album Living Stones (Sargasso); a chapter on classical music and copyright for The Classical Music Industry (Routledge); and an edition (with Barry Smith) of the letters of Kaikhosru Sorabji to Peter Warlock (Routledge).
Trained at IRCAM, Paris, Dr Evans is a film composer, a specialist in electro-acoustic music production and an award-winning teacher. He wrote the music for Edgar Wright’s first feature film and has composed and produced the soundtracks to many other films since. In 2008 he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the Barry Gray Centenary Concert in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund. He has taught at the Royal College of Music, and runs a hybrid analogue-digital recording studio in West France. Evans is one of the few players of the French ondes Martenot instrument. His research interests involve electro-acoustic music for screen, sound languages and spectral music composition.
Professor Fribbins is a composer, artistic director and academic in music. His compositions are performed, broadcast and recorded internationally and include two string quartets (recorded by the Allegri and Chilingirian Quartets), two piano trios, various sonatas (including the Cello Sonata recorded by Raphael Wallfisch and John York), the Piano Concerto (recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and the Violin Concerto (recorded by Philippe Graffin and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra). Dr Fribbins studied with the German composer Hans Werner Henze in London and Italy, and at the Royal Academy, Royal Holloway and Nottingham universities. He is the Artistic Director of the London Chamber Music Society, a weekly series of concerts that traces its history back to the South Place Sunday Concerts in the 1880s. This celebrated concerts series has been resident at Kings Place in London since 2008, during which time Peter has curated more than 250 concerts with a range of famous artists, ensembles, choirs and chamber orchestras.
Dr Palermo studied sonic art with the composer, performer, instrument inventor and musicologist Hugh Davies. After obtaining an MA in Sonic Art researching concrete and sound poetry, he catalogued the Hugh Davies Collection at the British Library with the support of the Saga Trust. He was awarded a PhD on Davies's work in 2015, supervised by Dr John Dack. Dr Palermo has presented his research internationally and has been invited by a number of institutions such as the British Library and the V&A to discuss his research. In 2012, he co-curated the Sho-Zyg exhibition at Goldsmiths College which saw some of Davies's instruments and archival items displayed, as well as the performance and presentation of some of his pieces.
Professor Dwyer is a guitarist and composer and has given concerts worldwide and has appeared as soloist with all the Irish orchestras, the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), the Santos Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), Ensemble VOX21, the Vogler String Quartet (Germany) and the Callino String Quartet (UK). His recent recordings include Twelve Études (Gamelan Records, 2008), Irish Guitar Works (El Cortijo, 2012), Scenes from Crow (Diatribe Records, 2014), Umbilical (Diatribe Records, 2017), The Alchemia Sessions Live from the Autumn Jazz Krakow 2014 (Notwo Records, 2016), Barry Guy, The Blue Shroud (Intakt Records, 2016) and KnowingUnknowing (Farpoint Records, 2018). Professor Dwyer is an elected member of Aosdána (the Irish Academy of creative artists) and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London (ARAM).
Music BA graduate
Music BA student
One of the reasons I came at Middlesex University was because I wanted to collaborate with other people. Having a module where you can collaborate with theatre and dance students has been really important for me, and being around the other music courses has led to loads of collaborations. I don’t think I’d have done that if I went anywhere else, because here it’s all in one building. This year I got an amazing singer from the pop course to do a rock solo in the middle of my opera!
There are topics that have come up that I wouldn’t have looked at before, that have really captured my attention. I got a placement with the English Touring Opera, before even thinking about writing opera or studying it, and now I might go into opera after I graduate. Before university I was just writing short piano pieces, and I would never have dreamed of writing something that could be called a string quartet or an opera. Now I’ve got two string quartets and an opera, and I’m writing a viola concerto for another student.
Music BA student
A highlight of my time at Middlesex has to be performing as a soloist with the London Firebird Orchestra in the university’s Spring Concert. Being given the opportunity to work with a professional ensemble while still at university is something that many do not get the chance to do, and so for Middlesex to offer this really made a positive impact on my time here.
Start: October 2020, EU/International induction: September 2020
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 to 6 years part-time