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Music - Creative Music Technologies

The MA in Creative Music Technologies degree is directed towards students with musical ability who would like to explore the musical applications of technology. It offers full use of computer resources at the Music Technology Labs at NUI Maynooth; access to studio space, with the possibility of working towards recording and production projects; opportunities to have compositions performed; individual tutorial time with a designated advisor; expert advice on
musical and technical issues from composers and researchers at the cutting edge of their fields.

The MA in Creative Music Technologies degree is a skills conversion programme. The programme is aimed at graduates, with musical abilities, who would like to explore musical applications of technology. The programme accepts graduates from any primary degree.

The programme is concerned with a range of areas relating to music technology, including composition, sound recording and engineering, computer music programming, and acoustics.

The MA offers full use of computer resources at the Music Technology Labs at Maynooth University; access to studio space, with the possibility of working towards recording and production projects; opportunities to have compositions performed; individual tutorial time with a designated advisor; expert advice on musical and technical issues from composers and researchers at the cutting edge of their fields.

Entry requirements

Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1. Students with a primary degree other than Music would normally have to demonstrate some degree of musical training and affinity. Interview required. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Duration

MHT50: 1 year Full-time
MHT51: 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Recent graduates have been employed in the following areas:

PhD study in electronic music composition
PhD study in musical interface design
Music software development
Music Production
Post-production
Sound engineering
Third level education
Arts Administration
Radio production

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Gordon Delap
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3794
Email: gordon.delap@nuim.ie
Website: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/music

Subjects taught

The course is structured around a number of options covering all aspects of Computer Music, from acoustics to computer programming, including audio signal processing, synthesis and recording engineering. In addition, students will complete a research project, which can take the form a composition potfolio or a thesis in a computer music-related topic. Foreign language instruction is also available through the Maynooth University Language Centre.

Comment

The Department of Music at Maynooth University is renowned for its long and proud tradition of composition, musicology, performance and music technology, immersing students in a vibrant, challenging and creative educational environment. Students will encounter multiple ways of engaging with music: in rehearsals, in concerts, in seminars and in the music studios. Performance experience is offered in a range of professionally directed music ensembles, including the Maynooth University Orchestra, the Guitar Ensemble, the Traditional Group, the Choral Society and the Chamber Choir. Students with a passion for the creation and performance of a whole range of music styles will find the space and the academic support to build their professional skills as musicians and music creators. Composers will find a stimulating and supportive environment amidst the vibrant performance and academic activities in the Department. The focus here is on individual tuition from internationally recognised composers with access to opportunities for collaboration with other musicians in the Department. Musicologists, too, will find a supportive environment; seminars bring leading researchers from around the world, and in the university library, students have access to one of the best-stocked music collections in Ireland. With a combination of expert staff and tailor-made resources, the Department of Music offers a learning experience that builds confidence and develops the techniques and experience needed for careers in research, scholarship, the performance and creation of music, the music industry, the arts and culture sector and many other fields.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date : 30 June 2019

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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