Music Technology has advanced enormously in recent years. Underlying the ever-expanding range of creative possibilities is an increasing reliance on key ideas from the physical sciences and engineering. Our students are trained across major music technologies, with an emphasis on fundamental principles and the development of skills that will be applicable both now and over a lifetime of work in the field and beyond.
You will become part of a community of researchers and creative musicians with a broad view of the nature and scope of music. You will develop your core knowledge in a wide and complementary range of musical and scientific disciplines with the possibility to specialise in one or more areas of individual interest. The courses in Music Technology provide practical experience in bringing these varied disciplines together in a creative and technological context.
Who should study for the BMus in Music Technology?
Applicants to the BMus in Music Technology are expected to have a strong background in both music and science/mathematics, as well as a keen interest in technology and computer programming.
Why should you study Music Technology at Edinburgh?
The grounding we provide in core skills, alongside the opportunity to pursue an individual programme of study, is excellent preparation for further study or for a career in the music and media industries. The range of courses and possibilities for specialisation also provide a varied and transferable set of skills for life in an increasingly technological workplace. Key areas include computer programming, maths, critical analysis and writing, all of which are applicable in a wide range of fields.
Where art meets science
The Reid School of Music has longstanding relationships with the other arts disciplines at the University of Edinburgh. The School also has important connections with the physical sciences, engineering and informatics. This is most evident through the expertise, held by staff within Music, in computer programming (for both real- and non real-time applications), acoustics, hearing science, sound synthesis and audio effects processing. The availability of options in the Music subject area, including history, critical theory, and analysis provides further depth and context to the programme.
The varied coursework within the Music Technology programme reflects many of these technical interests, and includes computer programming assignments, mathematical problem sets, as well as numerous projects and coursework of a creative nature. There is also a strong music component, with students required to take several courses shared with our BMus in Music degree.
There is a wide range of studio and technical facilities, including a number of spaces for live recording and performance. There are also exciting possibilities for collaboration with students from the wider ECA community, in subjects such as film, animation, and digital arts.