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Unit information: Music recording and production in 2021/22

Unit name Music recording and production
Unit code MUSI20124
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Scott
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will offer an opportunity for rigorous development of studio theory and techniques. The portfolio will focus on recording and production techniques for 'popular' musics, including a critical commentary on the recorded work.


This unit aims to give students a theoretical grounding in recording and production techniques. It also aims to developing their practical skills in the context of contemporary popular music styles. They will produce a short portfolio of work on an agreed topic in this area, and will gain experience of working with live musicians. The unit will be taught through a mixture of interactive practical and theoretical seminars, workshop sessions with live musicians, and tutorials to help students with work-in-progress, and offer formative feedback

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, a successful student will:

  1. demonstrate technical skill in specific areas of studio activity
  2. devise and structure a practical project, from conception and source study, through studio activity, to finished product
  3. document this process
  4. demonstrate critical awareness of the relationship between your creative activity and appropriate contextualising practices and/or genres
  5. present media and documentation to a high standard

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Assessment Information

Submission of a portfolio of recorded materials as agreed with the unit director (ILOs 1,2,5), with documentation (up to 1000 words (ILOs 2,3,4,5). (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.