Undergraduate (BMus and BA)

The degree at Sheffield can direct your skills and experiences in music technology and creative practice. You can acquire technical skills in computer music programming and build a creative portfolio of compositions and recordings. Level 1 is introductory; level 2 is skills acquisition and creative practice; level 3 is self-directed creation of work with future skills through tutorials.

First Year. Students pick up a baseline set of skills in editing and transforming audio, understanding digital sound, typesetting music, using handheld recorders and creative/active listening. I teach on the following modules:

  • MUS131: Electroacoustic Techniques (composition focus)
  • MUS132: Technologies for Music (general music technology skills)

Second Year. In this year, students continue to recognise the need to ‘skill-up’ while producing something more than a series of exercises to prove their learning. I teach on the following modules:

  • MUS355: Creative Applications of Music Technology (a long-standing course that is part programming, part creative composition)
  • MUS340: Sound and Moving Image (from score to Foley, ADR, mix)
  • MUS370: Sound Recording Practice (classical, studio, location)

Third Year. Students can create a portfolio of compositions that may include electroacoustic pieces or use instrument and live electronics. If their practice is less experimental (a portfolio of recorded songs, an EP from a local band, music for film), students take the Special Project module which has at its heart ‘collaboration and presentation’ outside of the University and the formulation of your own public profile of work. I teach on:

  • MUS302/333 Composition
  • MUS3040/3041 Special Project
Postgraduate Taught (MA Composition)

At this level, students come to us with extant portfolios of creative work. It is vital that these works are seen to be exploratory in nature. There must be a clear and evident need to seek further training and creative context as well as the need to return to academia, to read and write about music as well as creating it. The MA now covers composition, analysis, recording, scoring for picture, context.


Postgraduate Research (PhD)

We have a strong community of international composers and performers studying for research degrees. I would welcome a conversation with anyone wishing to continue their research in the following areas:

  • Composition: Electroacoustic or Mixed
  • Software Tools: Innovative use of tools and one-off creation of tools
  • Acousmatic Musicology: Analysis and contextualisation
  • Sound Spatialisation: Electroacoustic Music Performance