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Practical & Technical Development II - MUS00116I

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jack McNeill
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

This module consists of practical and technical skills tuition.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module develops practical and technical skills, knowledge of repertoire and critical listening abilities through workshops, lectures and guided listening sessions. Over the year, students will work on technical proficiencies both to reinforce and extend the wide range needed across this stage of their programme and to develop those broader skillsets necessary for a sound recordist’s professional development. Students will continue to develop their own individual interests and specialisations by setting their own developmental goals and continuing to develop their portfolio of recorded work.

Module learning outcomes

Skills Development:

  • a broader knowledge of relevant techniques, skills, concepts, and proficiencies.
  • an increased awareness of performance and technical practice.
  • punctuality, preparation, focus and attention.
  • an understanding of rehearsal or session organisation.
  • knowledge of complex technical solutions for recording challenges.
  • an deeper awareness of balance, processing, and production through attentive listening.
  • to define and attain identified professional development goals.
  • to expand individual portfolio materials.


Task Length % of module mark
Record of participation & folio
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

There will be a formative assessment each term based upon 13 key proficiencies (tracking, editing, mixing, mastering, DAW operation, studio operation, MIDI, music theory, listening skills, automation and control, processing, routing, and microphone technique) which will allow students to continue to track their own progression and identify areas for future improvement (building on Practical & Technical Development I). Students will self-assess their progression using the module proficiency indicators. The summative assessment will consist of a folio submission which will include at least two pieces of work. These pieces must be novel i.e. not used for previous submissions or for previous projects. As a part of the folio, students will engage with a self-reflective document which maps their progress onto the module proficiency indicators, allowing them to understand their development through the module and across their degree programme.


Task Length % of module mark
Record of participation & folio
N/A 100

Module feedback

Confirmation of Pass / Fail within 4 weeks of submission of folio.

Indicative reading

Everest, F. Alton. 2007. Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals. Boston, MA: Course Technology/ Cengage Learning.

Herbert, Trevor. 2001. Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music ; Oxford: OUP.

Rumsey, Francis, and McCormick, Tim. 2009. Sound and Recording. 6th ed. Amsterdam ; London: Elsevier/Focal.

Truss, Lynne. 2003. Eats, Shoots & Leaves ; London: Profile Books.

Other relevant reading will be recommended by the module leader.

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.