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MA Commercial Music Producer (Online Blended)
SUBJECT TO VALIDATION

“Study this MA while you keep your job going and still connect to our world class professional community!” Harry Leckstein

The MA Commercial Music Producer (Online Blended) is a one year, practical and industry-focused Master of Arts Degree, delivered via a combination of on-line interactive media and face-to-face delivery and is designed for the technically proficient, aspiring or established commercial producer seeking to learn interactively online, balancing their professional lifestyle and work commitments with a more flexible approach to study and career.

Students access Tileyard Education’s unique online tuition materials, interactive professional tutorials and industry mentoring while face-to-face teaching consists of a 10-day summer songwriting, production and business camp, delivered on site at Tileyard London, the largest independent music community in Europe.

Students work on live commercial briefs throughout their studies and the programme includes the opportunity to pitch your Creative Production Project to the Tileyard investment fund.

Producers and technical companies located at Tileyard include Martyn Ware, Goetz Botzenhardt, Nikolaj Bjerre, Jon Kelly, Sean Hargreaves, Phelan Kane, Dov Waterman, Ciaran Robinson, Paul Whalley, Tom Fuller, Dru Masters, YK Koi, Lorenzo Cosi, Spitfire Audio, Focusrite, PLATOON, Breaking Fourth, The Script, The Narrative and many more.

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Entry Requirements

Course Length: 12 months (full-time)
Start Date: January 2020
This course is open to UK, EU and International students.
Course fee: £9,850

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution. Mature students with at least 3 years industry experience are also welcome to apply.

Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard. Eligibility will be determined by means of an interview.

Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0

UK/EU and some other nationalities accepted on to the MA Commercial Music Producer (Online Blended) can apply for a UK Government Postgraduate Master’s Loan. READ MORE

Applicants to our MA programmes are automatically included in a shortlist for Tileyard Education bursaries and scholarships.

Online Blended Learning Study

Online delivery uses interactive video content and supporting written materials, reinforced with live online conferences, video calls and workshops. Student learning is checked using a combination of:

• Self-assessed exercises
• Peer-assessed exercises
• Teacher/mentor marked assignments
• Interactive tutorials

Coursework will include submissions in the form of:

• Written essays, reflective accounts and reports
• Audio artefacts
• Video presentations (live and pre-recorded)

Feed-forward and feedback is provided using a combination of discussion boards, written delivery and video/audio messaging. Support is also available via e-mail, live chat and video calls.

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Term 1: Foundation (60 credits)
+- Contemporary Production Techniques

Subject to validation. The Contemporary Production Techniques discipline is designed to provide you with the necessary skills to be able to manage, execute and deliver the practical production aspects of the course. You will explore the essential tools and techniques associated within modern production environments, as we analyse the approaches deployed within the production process of several creative recording sessions. Study of relevant tools within the software landscape, alongside recording techniques and microphone deployment plays a large part of this module.

+- Composing and Arranging

Subject to validation. The Composing & Arranging discipline focuses on the use and application of musical concepts and techniques. Designed to embed music composition skills for technical professionals from the production idiom, the study includes critical analysis of commercial composition techniques, case studies, genres and the practical evaluation of your own original works. Alongside this, you will begin to examine the theoretical framework of composition and explore its relationship to practice, including; chords, melody, harmony, countermelodies, musical hooks, harmonic and melodic rhythm and other rhythmic structures and arranging.

+- The Music Industry: Landscape

Subject to validation. The module focuses on the interconnected and collaborative stakeholders and activities undertaken in the production, distribution and marketing of commercially released music. It begins with a mapping and critical evaluation of label, publisher and creative artist management in its historical context along with an analysis of how that landscape is evolving and adapting to competitive dynamics. The module continues with an audit of those key creative management entities, roles functions, budget and timeline variables. It also details all of the music and entertainment industry legal and contractual points covering recording, publishing, management, live, digital, synchronisation and brand licensing, new tools, techniques and case studies in the physical and digital worlds. Case studies used will be based in the UK and the wider international music scene, and will include both major labels and independents. Students are assessed on the formulation of a professional campaign for an independent music artist of your choosing, presenting a detailed analysis of key stakeholders, campaign timelines, budgets and marketing strategy.

Term 2: Development (60 credits)
+- Mixing Techniques and Sound Design

Subject to validation. You will continue to extend your knowledge and theoretical understanding of commercial music production through the study of Mixing Techniques. You will be guided though the process of mixing a track, and experiment with signal processing techniques to adapt and incorporate these methods in your own work.

+- Sound Design and Creative Media Technology

Subject to validation. This discipline explores the attributes and protocols associate with the application and deployment of synthesis, sampling and sound design techniques within the hardware and software landscape. This discipline includes analysis of instrument creation, physical computing, micro controllers and creative coding for musical professionals.

+- Writing To Brief

Subject to validation. You will extend your knowledge and theoretical understanding of commercial composition through the study of writing to commercial brief. This discipline explores the nature of, and routes to, delivering commercial briefs from record labels, music publishers, film and TV productions, advertising agencies, games developers, corporate audio branding, multi-media convergence events and large scale government or local authority projects.

+- The Music Industry: Marketing

Subject to validation. A conclusion of The Music Industry discipline, Marketing provides a critical evaluation and analysis of the principals and practices of marketing, both physical and digital, with specific reference to entertainment, youth, media and campaign driven marketing case studies.

Term 3: Creation (60 credits)
+- Creative Production Project

Subject to validation. This module is the culmination of your Masters level studies and an opportunity for you to plan, research and ultimately create a major creative production project. The nature and scope of the project you undertake is entirely at your discretion and is an opportunity for you to combine theory and practice into a single portfolio of work. Throughout the module you will enhance your skills as both a researcher and music producer practitioner, through the design of a body of work that is based on a sound theoretical framework and linked to your main areas of production interests. The module is supported by an initial series of classes in academic research methods, critical and reflective analysis and project management techniques. You will also be allocated an industry mentor for the duration of the module who will help guide the development of your work. Meetings with your mentor will take place through a balance of regular Skype meetings.



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MA Commercial Music Producer (Online Blended)
SUBJECT TO VALIDATION

“Study this MA while you keep your job going and still connect to our world class professional community!” Harry Leckstein

The MA Commercial Music Producer (Online Blended) is a one year, practical and industry-focused Master of Arts Degree, delivered via a combination of on-line interactive media and face-to-face delivery and is designed for the technically proficient, aspiring or established commercial producer seeking to learn interactively online, balancing their professional lifestyle and work commitments with a more flexible approach to study and career.

Students access Tileyard Education’s unique online tuition materials, interactive professional tutorials and industry mentoring while face-to-face teaching consists of a 10-day summer songwriting, production and business camp, delivered on site at Tileyard London, the largest independent music community in Europe.

Students work on live commercial briefs throughout their studies and the programme includes the opportunity to pitch your Creative Production Project to the Tileyard investment fund.

Producers and technical companies located at Tileyard include Martyn Ware, Goetz Botzenhardt, Nikolaj Bjerre, Jon Kelly, Sean Hargreaves, Phelan Kane, Dov Waterman, Ciaran Robinson, Paul Whalley, Tom Fuller, Dru Masters, YK Koi, Lorenzo Cosi, Spitfire Audio, Focusrite, PLATOON, Breaking Fourth, The Script, The Narrative and many more.

Apply Now

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