The Popular Music with Music Technology (Hons) programme at University of Derby is one of the few courses of its type in the country and is designed to equip you with the ability to interact and innovate within a vibrant environment, nurturing a specialism in popular music and related industries. The area of popular music is a dynamic, well established creative aspect of the music industry involving sophisticated craft, technical, analytical and scholarly approaches.
You will develop a wide range of disciplines through performance, composition, technology, media production, psychology, physics, philosophy, and musicology; you will also develop an in-depth appreciation of the increasing significance of popular music in economic and professional terms; looking forward to the modern media environment as this provides an increasing range of traditional and non-traditional professional opportunities.
The principal pre-occupations of competence in performance, composition and technological skills are framed by intellectual demands of critical, stylistic, historical, and technical analysis and understanding designed to enable you to use informed, up-to-date skills appropriate for employment in the professional music/arts sector.
Graduates of this programme go into many fields of professional activity. These include the primary and secondary education sector, lecturing for colleges of further education, freelance instrumental teaching, recording studio management and music production, music performance, media company management, and commercial music making. They also work in a range of media organisations. Others have gone on to further study, at MA, MSc or PhD level, or successfully completing PGCE for school of college level teaching, some gaining QTS teaching qualifications for primary or secondary education. Graduates are equipped for employment within the modern commercial music sector as performers, composers, producers, educators, promoters, publishers, academics, recording studio engineers and entrepreneurial freelance musicians.
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