Music Technology

Simon Hall

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire provides a unique context to study music technology. Not only do you have access to state of the art professional technical facilities, and are taught by a range of leading industry professionals, you are also surrounded by performers, composers and researchers of the very highest quality from across an array of musical disciplines - from classical soloists, through chamber ensembles and orchestras to opera, jazz, folk, electronica and rock.

This provides a rich and vibrant environment to develop recording, production and performance-based projects.

Our courses have an excellent reputation, and our graduates go on to shape the future of the music industry.

Students at Royal Birmingham Conservative are benefiting from an innovative new scheme which will allow them to gain hands-on experience working alongside an experienced recording artist.

Sara Colman

1. BMus principal study Music Technology

The BMus principal study Music Technology is aimed at the creative music producer, and allows you to study Music Technology as your principal subject area within the musical context of a Conservatoire.

2. MMus/PgCert/PgDip Music Technology

Our postgraduate courses in Music Technology provide an opportunity for composers and composer-performers to experiment with and develop expertise in the creative application of established and new music technologies.

Its aim is to create graduates that are flexible and virtuosic in their use of technology as their instrument, equally at home in the recording studio, creating music and sound for media, composing cutting edge electroacoustic composition and developing live electronics works for the concert hall.

Unique to Conservatoire music technology programmes, you’ll have weekly one-to-one lessons in various music technology techniques.

This is supported by a backbone of Music Technology and Sound Recording modules that run through the entire programme to give you a strong technical understanding in areas such as studio recording, live recording, editing, synthesis, sampling, programming, coding, mixing, surround sound, mastering and recording project management skills.

This is taught within the wider context of a musical training consummate with a conservatoire education.

You can view a piece by current student Matt Parker for his project The Peoples Cloud here:

3. Music Technology - BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Music Technology is aimed at the technical music producer. It is a course that uniquely combines a significant grounding in technology with the musical accolades associated with a Conservatoire education.

It is co-delivered by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

Student stories – Luke Aziz

I made the decision to return to education to study a Masters in Music Technology in order to strengthen my portfolio and gain more experience in the area. The Conservatoire has some of the most talented musicians in the country working there as well as excellent facilities, so I felt it would be a brilliant place to help me move forward in the field and hopefully make some contacts for the future!

I'm studying a one-year intensive course, so I get a lot of one-to-one sessions with the tutors which is really helpful. All the lecturers have such a huge enthusiasm for the subject, it makes it really interesting and really brings Music Technology to life. It’s obvious that the staff really love their subject and are very knowledgeable in the area, so it's great for me to be able to learn from them. There are also opportunities with external lecturers who are currently working in the Music Industry, which means I actually learn straight from the people that are directly involved in the field I want to end up working in.