Reasons to study Music, Technology and Performance at De Montfort University:
DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- 100% of our Music Technology and Performance graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report.
- Be part of ground-breaking international research
Our students have the unique opportunity to take part in events, undertake creative research, work with professional artists and lead workshops as part of an international research project about audience development focused on sound-based creativity including DIY approaches funded by the EU’S Creative Europe Programme
- Multi-million pound specialist facilities
Our Creative Technology Studios feature a host of audio and radio production suites, and two fully equipped recording studios; allowing you to explore spatialisation, musical computing, sound recording and video
- Flexible, broad-ranging curriculum
Focused on you developing a unique and powerful artistic vision, independence and technical mastery that will set you apart in the music industry
- Academic Expertise
Highly skilled and committed academic staff are at the forefront of music technology innovation, artistic practice, and research nationally and internationally, from Britain, the USA, Canada, Holland, France, Germany and beyond
- Guest lectures with music industry specialists
Previous guest speakers include Merzbow, Mira Calix, Tim Exile, DJ Sniff, Scanner, Pauline Oliveros, Brian Duffy, GRM, Leafcutter John, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Keith Rowe and Evan Parker
- A dynamic musical community
With frequent concerts and workshops, the Dirty Electronics Ensemble and university ensembles and student groups; many music-technology students also participate – or even launch careers – in the thriving music scene in Leicester
- Enhance your global employability with international exchanges
We offer students the opportunity for an extraordinary experience studying abroad; partners include Université de Paris (Sorbonne), Université de Montreal, the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, and Ionian University, Corfu
- Award winning student group, Demon Media
Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, including; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website
- Enjoy an international experience with #DMUGlobal
We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.
Music, Technology and Performance is not a conventional music-performance course. You will not have lessons on an instrument or perform traditional repertoire. Instead, you will combine your music-performance skills and passion with technology to create your own original music and new ways of performing that may have never existed before.
You will explore topics such as improvisation, electronic-instrument building, human-computer interaction, the role of the human body in performance, site-specific and installation work, appropriated technology, live performance with film, interacting with artists in other art forms and the relationship between the recording and performing musician.
You will also study digital and post-digital history and aesthetics to inspire your creative vision and link your music meaningfully to the world. Based on your goals, you will choose specific compositional, technical and theoretical topics to research more deeply, particularly as you enter our highly flexible third year of study.
Structure and assessment
Year one modules
- Introduction to Studio Techniques (Core)
- Sound analysis and perception (Core)
- Introduction to Music and Sonic Art (Core)
- Foundations of Music (Core)
- Performing with Technology (Core)
- Digital Music Creativity: Sequencing (Core)
- Writing and Research / Academic Essentials (Core)
- Ideas in Music and Sonic Art (Core)
Year two modules
- Ideas in Music and Sonic Art (Core)
- Performing with Technology (Core)
- Ensemble practice: Repertoire (Optional)
- Sounds and Images (Optional)
- Creative Coding (Optional)
- Sound Diffusion (Optional)
- Live Sound and Location Recording (Optional)
- Electronic Instrument Building (Optional)
- Ensemble practice: Improvisation (Optional)
- Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces (Optional)
- Negotiated Project (Optional)
Year three modules
- MAT Research Project (Core)
- Music, Media and Community Arts (Optional)
- MAT Personal Practice (Optional)
- Sound Design (Optional)
- Composing for Dance (Optional)
- Sound Installations and Environments (Optional)
- Music Industry Management (Optional)
Facilities and features
You will have access to fully digitally equipped performance and teaching spaces, including a multi-million pound Performance Arts Centre for Excellence building.
Our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios feature a host of industry standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring.
The studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow.
Specifically, the facilities include:
- Industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites
- A suite of over 20 video workstations, using the very latest industry-standard HD editing software
- Television studios with high-definition video cameras, green-screen and virtual-studio capabilities
- Two fully-equipped recording studios, featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring
- Broadcast-standard radio production studios with professional playout and management systems
- Audio and video laboratories with high specification test equipment for signal analysis
- A high-speed, high-definition, data backbone, enabling the integration of audio, video and computer-generated media projects Hybrid technologies, using the best of current analogue and digital media.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
The creative industries are a huge economic growth area and digital music and audio are central to contemporary media. Recent graduates are now composers, sound designers, performing and recording artists and session musicians, recording engineers, producers, and audio technicians.
They also work in music management, theatre, radio content and production, television, music retail, music and internet publishing, software development, and music education at all levels. Graduates have found employment with large companies such as the BBC (radio and television), ITV, Sony Music, Sony Computer Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Ableton and Babel Media (Toronto).
Smaller genre based labels have included Ninja Tune and K7, as well as wide range of content and postproduction companies. Graduates have also worked for prestigious recording studios, including Abbey Road, Great Linford Manor, Townhouse Studios and Metropolis Studios.
They also have a very strong record in entrepreneurship, with success stories in both freelance and new company start ups, in music creation and production, recording, sound design, music for media, music technology equipment supply and technical support, acoustics consultancy and studio design, along with online forms of distribution and sales. Some of our students make waves in the music industry even while they are still on the course.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.
They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.
DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.