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Sound Practice & Entrepreneurship - MUS00098H

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Liam Maloney
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

In this module you will study the impact of enterprise and innovation in the music industries and examine the role of entrepreneurship in the development of music technologies through case studies of various sound practices and audio professions.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To examine a variety of sound practices and audio professions in order to identify and develop your individual practice within a professional context.
  • To understand the impact and relationships of creativity and entrepreneurship in the music/audio industry and broader socio-economic contexts.
  • To study the work and careers of sound practitioners working in a variety of audio professions
  • To create a portfolio of work for identified artistic and professional contexts.
  • To develop ways in which to present, disseminate and frame your own professional practice through different strategies, tools and audio/visual media.
  • To further develop professional verbal/written/visual presentation skills.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the intellectual, technical and creative skills associated with key contemporary sound practices and audio professions and develop individual practice within current professional contexts.
  • Be able to make meaningful and useful observations on the relationship between creativity and entrepreneurship, and understand how this relationship historically and currently impacts the music/audio industry and broader socio-economic and environmental contexts.
  • Be able to critically analyse the work of contemporary sound practitioners working across various audio professions through well informed aesthetic and technical considerations.
  • Be able to fully devise and create a portfolio of work with a view to furthering employment prospects
  • Be able to frame professional practice and associated creative outputs using effective and coherent dissemination strategies through a variety of contemporary tools and media.
  • Be able to present work with developed verbal, visual and written styles appropriate for a professional context.


Task Length % of module mark
Portfolio of practical work
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Portfolio of practical work
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback within 20 working days of assessment date.

Indicative reading

Hugill, Andrew. 2008. The Digital Musician. New York ; London: Routledge.

Brook, Julia, and Fostaty Young, Sue. 2019. "Exploring Post-degree Employment of Recent Music Alumni." International Journal of Music Education 37, no. 1: 142-55.

Dromey, Christopher, and Haferkorn, Julia Editor. The Classical Music Industry. Routledge Research in Creative and Cultural Industries Management. New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.

Devine, Kyle. 2015. "Decomposed: A Political Ecology of Music." Popular Music 34, no. 3: 367-89.

Wikstro¨m, Patrik, DeFillippi, Bob, Editor, and DeFillippi, Robert. 2016. Business Innovation and Disruption in the Music Industry. Northampton, Massachusetts : Edward Elgar Publishing.

Fitterman Radbill, Catherine. 2013. Introduction to the Music Industry : An Entrepreneurial Approach. New York ; London: Routledge.

Rogers, Jim. 2013. The Death and Life of the Music Industry in the Digital Age. London : Bloomsbury.

Strong, Catherine, and Raine, Sarah. 2019. Towards Gender Equality in the Music Industry. New York: Bloomsbury Academic & Professional.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.