BA (Hons) Music Production course preparation
To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.
Listed below are books that may come in handy throughout your course. Although many relevant books are available in our University Library, we often advise that you have your own copy of one or two of them, to ensure they are always available when you need them.
More specific reading lists will be provided when you start your modules and there are many publications in the Library for you to investigate once you are here. Some books may span multiple modules, though there is no one book which could cover the whole of the Music Production programme. It is not necessary to read everything from cover to cover before you start, but you should definitely begin to engage with the subject before Induction Week.
The following titles are recommended:
- Hubber, D. M. & Runstein, R. E. (2017). Modern Recording Techniques. Burlington: Focal Press.
Compose, Perform, Record…
Producing music can be a challenging process, regardless of the genre or style of music you are creating. That said, it can also be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding processes, allowing us to imagine, to innovate, and to bring something new into being. Like most other subjects, the process of music production begins with study and we ask you to consider these three books which will inform anyone planning to study a music production degree:
- Mic It – By Ian Corbett
- Music in Everyday Life – By Tia DeNora
- Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers by By Dennis DeSanntis
Things to do now
Performance is a key component of the Music Production programme and you’ll be expected to commit to personal music practice and rehearsal time on a regular basis. This is particularly important in order to fertilise your assessment work. The Creative Edge building has six dedicated rehearsal rooms to support this, and a place for secure storage should you wish to bring your own instruments.
Also, we expect you to engage with as much music as you can throughout your degree programme, so make sure you budget for and attend concerts and other live events should they arise.
Whilst at Edge Hill you’ll have the advantage of being able to see professional touring performance work at the Arts Centre, our on-campus professional venue. Edge Hill University Students can sign up to the Arts Centre’s free membership scheme. You’ll receive free tickets for the majority of performances and films (exceptions include Live Screenings and some live performances for which you must purchase a ticket). You should aim to see as much of the programmed dance, film, theatre, music and comedy as possible. Attendance at some performances will be compulsory as part of your modules, for example for the purpose of writing reviews or live performance analysis.
During induction week, you will have an introduction to the Rose Theatre and you will be able to attend the venue to see live performance work from current Masters students and also the work of professional touring companies.
If you are planning to study a Music Production at University, we recommend you start by visiting some of the web links under the suggested websites heading. This will give you the chance to digest some of the theory and practice you will encounter at University and identify some of the areas that most interest you. You might also start thinking about the production of your own Music and how University might help you to improve upon this.
Working at home and finding and adapting to a new regime can be difficult. But now that you have some free time, why not consider some of the following:
- Adapt an existing story, from either a book or a film, retelling that story in song using only lyrics and chords.
- Compose for different musical genres and styles.
- Consider working with a wider pallet of instruments, either plugins in your favourite DAW, or you might even learn to play an alternative instrument.
- Engage with social media and use it to exchange ideas with other musicians who work in the same or in different genres of music.
- Collaborate with other like-minded musicians on projects which make use of on-line technology.
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