Module code: MUS1037

Module Overview

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your technical knowledge and practical skills in music technology and production. Such development will allow you to engage with technology in your wider practice with relevant theoretical understanding, and with an appropriate professionalism. Although tutorials and support in specific software platforms will be encountered, the emphasis will be on a broad awareness of the theories, functions and affordances of music technology, providing you with transportable and adaptable skills in your continuing musical practice.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES Milton (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 12

Seminar Hours: 6

Tutorial Hours: 2

Guided Learning: 12

Captured Content: 12

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

¿ Understanding analogue & digital audio
¿ MIDI format
¿ Audio and MIDI editing & sequencing
¿ Production techniques
¿ Fundamentals of synthesis
¿ Basics of recording
¿ Sampling and virtual instruments
¿ Music notation software
¿ Synchronising Music to Video

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment PORTFOLIO OF PROJECTS 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a proficiency in both theoretical understanding and the effective application in the fields of music technology and production.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

¿ Portfolio (70%) (with supporting commentary) of projects that demonstrate an appropriate technical level and awareness of relevant technological practices. (Learning outcomes 1-3)

¿ Examination (30%) An examination requiring a theoretical awareness of the functions, processes and the historical and contemporary practice of music technology and production. (Learning outcomes 1-3)

Formative assessment

Weekly exercises and tests supporting 1) the development of practical skills and 2) the learning of theoretical concepts. (Learning outcomes 1-3)


Is provided via Surreylearn, tutorials and in-class discussion.

Module aims

  • ¿ To develop an understanding of the theoretical fundamentals of sound and music technology.
    ¿ To develop and refine the practical skills necessary to confidently engage with a range of technological practices including Audio and MIDI editing, sequencing and production; synthesis; audio video synchronisation, and digital musical notation.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Theoretical understanding of the fundamental concepts of analogue and digital audio, MIDI and synthesis. KCT
002 The ability to work with music technology with independence and confidence. KPT
003 Show awareness of a range of idiomatic music technology practice. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enhance students¿ theoretical understanding of music technology and production as well as help develop their application of the module concepts in a way that is relevant to their musical practices.

The learning and teaching methods include:

¿ The module consists of 22 hours of seminars/workshops and supporting learning resources. The classes will include theoretical and practical demonstrations of music technology and production.

¿ Students will be expected to complete weekly tasks developing independent practical knowledge of the module concepts.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music BMus (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.